In an effort to make it easier for thousands of small business owners to set up payment plans, the IRS is testing expanded criteria for streamlined processing of taxpayer requests for installment agreements. The test is scheduled to run through September 30, 2017.

During this test, more taxpayers will qualify to have their installment agreement request processed in a streamlined manner. Based on test results, the expanded criteria for streamlined processing of installment agreement requests may be made permanent.

During the test, expanded criteria for streamlined processing will be applied to installment agreement requests submitted to the Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) Campus Collection Operations. This includes the Automated Collection System (ACS). Expanded criteria will not be applied to the more widely-used installment agreement requests submitted to Wage & Investment (W&I) Accounts Management, SB/SE Field Collection or through the Online Payment Agreement application.

One expanded criterion being tested immediately is this: Individual taxpayers with an assessed balance of tax, penalty and interest between $50,000 and $100,000 may experience accelerated processing of their installment agreement request. This will occur if the taxpayers’ proposed monthly payment is the greater of their total assessed balance divided by 84 – or – the amount necessary to fully satisfy the liability by the Collection Statute Expiration Date.

More information on the expanded test criteria will be made available in the coming months. In the interim, IRS employees in Campus Collection/ACS can assist with any installment agreement requests.