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Department of Taxation and Finance

Offer in Compromise Program

The Offer in Compromise program allows qualifying, financially distressed taxpayers the opportunity to put overwhelming tax liabilities behind them by paying a reasonable portion of their tax debt.  We can consider offers in compromise from:

  • individuals and businesses that are insolvent or discharged in bankruptcy 
  • individuals who are not insolvent or bankrupt when payment in full would create undue economic hardship.  (Only individuals may apply for relief based on undue economic hardship. This may include relief from business debts for which an individual is personally responsible.)

We analyze each application to ensure that every taxpayer seeking relief receives full consideration.  However, only applicants meeting the qualifying criteria will receive hardship relief, and we will use our discretion to deny any application that isn't in the best interests of other taxpayers or the State.  This may, for example, require the applicant to fully pay any trust taxes owed (excluding penalty and interest) in order to reach a compromise.

See Publication 220, Offer in Compromise Program, for additional information and instructions.

How to apply

Complete forms DTF-4.1 (most common) or a DTF-4 and a DTF-5, along with all requested documentation.

Taxpayers seeking hardship relief should include a statement describing the undue economic hardship they would experience, along with any supporting documents, when they file their Offer in Compromise application.

For more information

  • Visit our Contact us page to call our Offer in Compromise office.