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Common Misconceptions about SBA Offers in Compromise: Debunking the Myths

Discover the truth behind common misconceptions about SBA Offers in Compromise. Get insights into the myths of the OIC. Find out how to navigate these misconceptions effectively.

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Common Misconceptions about SBA Offers in Compromise: Debunking the Myths


When it comes to the world of small business finances, one topic that often causes confusion and uncertainty is SBA (Small Business Administration) Offers in Compromise (OIC).  However, along with genuine information, there are several misconceptions floating around that can mislead business owners. In this comprehensive guide, we're here to debunk these myths and provide accurate insights into SBA Offers in Compromise.

Common Misconceptions about SBA Offers in Compromise: Debunking the Myths

Myth: SBA Offers in Compromise are a Guaranteed Solution

Many business owners believe that once they apply for an SBA Offer in Compromise, their SBA debts will automatically be reduced, and their financial burdens will disappear. However, this is far from the truth. SBA Offers in Compromise go through a rigorous evaluation process, and not all offers are accepted. The success of your offer depends on various factors, including your ability to demonstrate genuine financial distress.

Myth: Applying for an Offer in Compromise is a Simple Process

Some people think that applying for an SBA Offer in Compromise is as easy as filling out a basic form. In reality, the application process is complex and requires meticulous attention to detail. It involves submitting detailed financial information, tax documents, and a compelling case for your financial hardship. Working with an attorney experienced in SBA OICs can significantly improve your chances of success.

Myth: SBA Offers in Compromise are Only for People on the Brink of Bankruptcy

It's a common misconception that only people on the verge of bankruptcy qualify for an SBA Offer in Compromise. While financial hardship is a key criterion, it doesn't mean you need to be on the brink of collapse. As long as you can prove that paying the full amount would cause significant financial strain, you may be eligible.

Myth: Applying for an SBA Offer in Compromise Guarantees a Temporary Halt in Collections

Another misconception is that applying for an SBA Offer in Compromise puts an immediate stop to all collections activities by the SBA or Treasury. While the application is being evaluated collections can continue.

Myth: SBA Offers in Compromise are a "One-Size-Fits-All" Solution

Every person's financial situation is unique, and SBA Offers in Compromise are not a standardized solution. The SBA takes into account various factors, including your assets, income, expenses, and future earning potential, when evaluating your application. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and outcomes can vary widely.

Myth: Acceptance of an SBA Offer in Compromise Automatically Restores Good Credit

While successfully settling your debt through an SBA Offer in Compromise is a positive step, it doesn't automatically repair your credit score overnight. The process of rebuilding your credit takes time and consistent financial responsibility.


Can I Apply for an SBA Offer in Compromise if I'm Still Operating My Business?

The SBA's standard operating procedures state that such an offer is permissible, but in practice the SBA usually requires that the business has been closed with the secretary of state.

Are There Any Upfront Fees for Applying for an SBA Offer in Compromise?

No, there are no upfront fees required to submit an application for an SBA Offer in Compromise. However, qualified legal counsel will request payment for their services. Furthermore, most accepted OICs must be paid in a lump sum within 60 days of acceptance.

Can I Negotiate the Terms of an Accepted Offer in Compromise?

Once the SBA accepts your Offer in Compromise, you are bound by the terms. Negotiation is not possible after acceptance.

How Long Does the SBA Offer in Compromise Process Usually Take?

The processing time for an SBA Offer in Compromise can vary widely, often taking several months. Patience is crucial during this period.


Separating fact from fiction is vital when it comes to SBA Offers in Compromise. By dispelling these common misconceptions, we hope to provide clarity and guidance for business owners seeking solutions to their SBA debt challenges. Remember, seeking professional advice and thoroughly understanding the process can significantly increase your chances of a successful outcome. Please contact us for more information.

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Clients personally guaranteed an SBA 7(a) loan.  The SBA referred the debt to the Department of Treasury, which was seeking payment of $487,981 from our clients.  We initially filed a Cross-Servicing Dispute, which was denied.  As a result, we filed an Appeals Petition with the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals asserting legal defenses and supporting evidence uncovered during the discovery and investigation phase of our services.  Ultimately, the SBA settled the debt for $25,000 - saving our clients approximately $462,981.



Client personally guaranteed SBA 7(a) loan balance of over $150,000.  Business failed and eventually shut down.  SBA then pursued client for the balance.  We intervened and was able to present an SBA OIC that was accepted for $30,000.



Client personally guaranteed SBA 7(a) loan for $350,000. The small business failed but because of the personal guarantee liability, the client continued to pay the monthly principal & interest out-of-pocket draining his savings. Client hired a local attorney but quickly realized that he was not familiar with SBA-backed loans or their standard operating procedures. Our firm was subsequently hired after the client received the SBA's official 60-day notice. After back-and-forth negotiations, we were able to convince the SBA to reinstate the loan, retract the acceleration of the outstanding balance, modify the original terms, and approve a structured workout reducing the interest rate from 7.75% to 0% and extending the maturity date for a longer period to make the monthly payments affordable. In conclusion, not only we were able to help the client avoid litigation and bankruptcy, but we also save him approximately $227,945 over the term of the workout.

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