- Doubt as to Collectibility (DATC) offers the decision to accept or reject usually rests on whether the amount offered reflects the reasonable collection potential (RCP). The exception to this rule would be for offers not accepted based on public policy reasons as defined in IRM 126.96.36.199.2, Public Policy Rejection. RCP is defined as the amount that can be collected from all available means, including administrative and judicial collection remedies. Generally, the components of collectibility outlined in IRM 188.8.131.52.1 below, will be included in calculating the total RCP. .
- Offers should not be accepted where the tax can be paid in full as a lump sum or can be paid under current installment agreement (IA) guidelines, unless special circumstances are identified that warrant consideration of a lesser amount. The offer should be recommended for rejection based on the taxpayer's ability to full pay under current IA guidelines.
An offer in compromise is a legitimate alternative to a protracted installment agreement. A protracted installment agreement is defined as an agreement that extends beyond the Collection Statute Expiration Date (CSED)
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