Over the past several years as taxpayers have endured the Great Recession the IRS has escalated the number of federal tax liens filed against delinquent taxpayers. The IRS aggressive use of liens has been criticized by the National Taxpayer Advocate in her annual report to congress and the IRS Advisory Council in its annual report to the Commissioner. IRS recently announced a new, more flexible attitude in policies and programs to help taxpayers pay back taxes and avoid tax liens.
Below are links to the latest revisions of the national standards used in collection financial analysis. The charts show the itemized monthly national standards and the total money national standards as revised in March 2010. The new standards are effective for financial analysis conducted after publication.