Having a lien put on your assets by the IRS can be a scary thing. In this article, we’ll explain what a lien is and how you can get rid of it.
Lien Vs Levy – The Crucial Difference
Unlike a levy, which is when the IRS actually freezes your bank accounts and other assets, a lien is a public notice that the IRS has a right to your property.
How a Lien Will Hurt You
A lien is a public record, meaning that sooner or later, it will get noticed by the credit bureaus and negatively affect your credit score. The lien affects all of your current and future assets, as well as your business assets.
Removing a Lien – Release VS Withdrawal
If you pay off your debt to the IRS, the lien will be released. However, it will still stay in the records until 10 years are up, meaning that your credit score will still be affected. However, there are ways to get your lien withdrawn, which means that it will be officially wiped off the records.
How to Withdraw a Lien
If the lien was filed in error, it is easy to get it withdrawn. Contact the IRS and an agent will review your payment history and withdraw the lien if it was a mistake.
However, that is not the only way to get a lien withdrawn. With the IRS Fresh Start program, certain taxpayers can get a lien withdrawn if they meet certain criteria and fill out the form 12277. This is done through setting up a Direct Debit Installment Agreement with the IRS, where you pay a certain amount each month for a set amount of time.
You can also get the lien withdrawn after it was released. You must be current on all of your tax payments and have been in compliance with the IRS for the past three years.
There are additional ways we can help, such as by setting up an offer of compromise.
Contact Civic Tax Relief today and get the help you need!