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Last Updated on: 20th October 2023, 10:06 am
Having a federal tax lien placed on your assets or property can be a stressful and confusing situation. A tax lien means the IRS has a legal claim to your property as security for unpaid taxes. The good news is there are a number of ways you may be able to get the lien removed.
Here’s an overview of what a federal tax lien is, how it works, and most importantly—how you can get it lifted so you can move forward.
There is a process the IRS follows when filing a federal tax lien against you:
As you can see, a tax lien is not imposed immediately the moment you fall behind. There is a process where the IRS attempts to work with you to resolve the debt. But if it remains unpaid, they will take measures to secure their interest.
Now that you understand what a federal tax lien is, let’s get to the good stuff—how to get it removed. Here are some of the main options:
The most straightforward way to get a tax lien removed is to pay off the entire amount you owe to the IRS. This eliminates your debt and the IRS will release the lien.
Some tips if you go this route:
While paying in full quickly may not be possible for everyone, it is the quickest way to get a lien removed if you have the means.
If you simply cannot afford to pay anything towards your tax debt currently, you may request that the IRS put your account into “currently not collectible” (CNC) status. This will pause IRS collection efforts and may get a lien withdrawn.
To qualify for CNC status, you must prove to the IRS that:
CNC won’t make your debt go away, but it will stop collections temporarily until your financial situation improves. It’s a good option if you are unemployed, disabled, or facing other hardships.
With an IRS offer in compromise, you can settle your tax debt for less than the full amount you owe. The IRS will consider an offer if:
If approved, you would pay a smaller lump sum or monthly payments for 24 months. This can be a great solution if you can show paying in full would cause significant financial stress.
Outside of a formal offer in compromise, you may also request your lien be withdrawn by proving it is causing financial hardship. For example, if you cannot get a loan to buy a home or car needed for work because of the lien.
To do this, you will need to submit detailed documentation to the IRS showing how the lien is impairing your ability to pay living expenses or harming your ability to earn income. If they agree, they may withdraw the lien, but your overall tax debt would remain.
If you need to sell an asset like a home or car but cannot due to the lien, you can ask the IRS to subordinate their lien to the new buyer or lender. This temporarily moves the IRS to a second position so you can complete the sale or financing.
The IRS will usually agree to this if you use the proceeds to pay towards your tax debt. It allows them to get paid while letting you access needed funds.
In very rare cases, you may be able to prove the IRS lien was filed wrongfully or prematurely before you actually owed taxes. For example, if you already had an approved installment agreement or offer in compromise.
If this applies to you, work with a tax professional to gather evidence and submit a formal request for withdrawal of the erroneous lien.
If you are unable to get a lien removed through any other means, it will eventually expire after 10 years. The IRS may renew the lien if your tax debt remains unpaid, but an expired lien will remove their claim to your property.
This is obviously not ideal, but it can give you a fresh start after 10 years if you have no other options.
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