The purpose of IRS Form 433-A is to provide the IRS with information about your income, expenses, and assets. IRS Form 433-A is a form filled out by a taxpayer who has been asked by the IRS to provide financial information in order that the IRS can begin to calculate how that taxpayer can pay off an outstanding tax debt.  IRS Form 433-A should be used by taxpayers who are wage earners, or who are self-employed individuals who file a Schedule C. If you own a business and do not file a Schedule C (for example, if you own a corporation or are a partner in a partnership), then you will need to complete IRS Form 433-B as well. A professional tax company can provide IRS tax help with questions or with the filing of either form.

You may be asked to complete an IRS Form 433-A by an IRS Revenue Officer or another official who wants to establish your ability to pay your existing balances with the IRS. Completing the IRS Form 433-A may allow you to establish that you are suffering a complete or partial financial hardship. On the other hand, by filing out IRS Form 433-A, you will also provide to the IRS information that they may not otherwise have about you.

Certain sections of IRS Form 433-A are filled out only by taxpayers who are self-employed. Usually, IRS Form 433-A is filled out when applying to the IRS for a tax debt repayment plan, such as an Installment Agreement (IA), an Offer in Compromise (OIC), or when applying for a Currently not Collectible (CNC) status, and has no other impact.

You should also be aware that if the IRS cannot verify the information provided on IRS Form 433-A (for example, by comparing your information to the W-2s sent to the IRS by your employer), then you may be asked to provide verification of the income, expense, and asset information. You can also expect the IRS to ask you for verification if your living expenses are particularly large when compared between the general cost of living in your county and the information given on IRS Form 433-A.

tax professional can help you fill out IRS Form 433-A to make sure that you have provided all the necessary information and substantiating documentation. This is most helpful if you don’t have clear proof of some of your expenses (for example, if you pay rent, food, or utilities by cash). A tax professional will be able to walk you through the income and expense verification process the IRS will use, and help you decide how you want to prove your income, expenses, and assets on IRS Form 433-A. Visit the IRS website for form locations or to download a copy of IRS Form 433-A. Call Community Tax today for IRS tax help with forms and getting out to tax debt.