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Taxpayer Relief – Payment Options

If you’re having trouble paying the taxes you owe, or if you’re not able to pay by the deadline, TTB has several options that can help. We refer to these options collectively as “taxpayer relief.” If you know you need relief, it’s important to voluntarily contact us and make payment arrangements to pay the tax due using one or more of the options below. If you don't contact us, we may take action to collect the taxes.

Review each of these options - you may be eligible for more than one.

  • Installment Agreement

    Pay off your outstanding tax liability (including penalties and interest) in full over time.

  • Extension of Time for Paying Tax

    Apply for an extension if you would experience undue hardship by paying on the due date.

  • Waiver or Abatement of Penalties

    Qualify for relief from penalties if you were unable to meet your tax obligations due to circumstances beyond your control.

  • Offer in Compromise

    Settle your tax debt for less than the full amount if you can establish an inability to pay in full, or if you believe you do not owe the tax in question.


To minimize penalties and interest, file all required federal tax returns on time, even if you cannot pay the full amount due.


If you have questions about payment options, please contact us online, or call our toll-free number at 877-882-3277 (877-TTB-FAQS), Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.


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Last updated: March 25, 2022
Maintained by: Office of Permitting and Taxation