News Release
For Immediate Release
October 28, 2019

NR 19-25
Contact: Casey Wells
Office of Public Affairs
916-327-8988

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Develops Online Tool for Offer in Compromise Eligibility

Sacramento – Today, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) released an innovative and simple online screening tool to help people determine if they are eligible to apply for an Offer-in-Compromise (OIC).

The CDTFA's OIC program is for taxpayers that do not have, and will not have in the foreseeable future, the income, assets, or means to pay a tax liability in full. Taxpayers may be eligible for the program if they:

  • Have a final tax or fee liability
  • Are no longer associated with the business that incurred the liability or a similar type of business
  • Do not dispute the amount of tax or fee owed
  • Cannot pay the full amount owed in a reasonable amount of time

”CDTFA's goal is to streamline processes and develop smart and simple systems to make compliance as easy as possible for all Californians,“ said Nicolas Maduros, Director. ”This tool is just one of the many ways CDTFA is working to provide top-tier customer service for all who do business in this state.“

The new eligibility screening tool can help taxpayers quickly determine if they are eligible to apply for an OIC by entering financial information to calculate a preliminary offer amount. Taxpayers can use the preliminary offer amount when they submit an application for an OIC.

View a demonstration video of the OIC eligibility screening tool.


The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) administers California's sales and use, fuel, tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis taxes, as well as a variety of other taxes and fees that fund specific state programs. CDTFA-administered programs collect over $70 billion annually which in turn supports local essential services such as transportation, public safety and health, libraries, schools, social services, and natural resource management programs through the distribution of tax dollars going directly to local communities.