A lot of people get confused between Tax Liens and Tax Levies – let us break this down for you.
A lien is not a levy. A lien secures the government’s interest in your property when you don’t pay your tax debt. A levy actually takes the property to pay the tax debt. If you don’t pay or make arrangements to settle your tax debt, the IRS can levy, seize and sell any type of real or personal property that you own or have an interest in.
When would the IRS file a Federal Tax Lien?
The IRS will file a lien when the agency feels there is a chance that collection is in peril. It does not just grab your assets. Filing of a tax lien is normally dictated by the dollar amount; the IRS’s Fresh Start program has increased the lien threshold from $5,000 to $10,000.
The Notice of Federal Tax Lien is filed in the public records office of each county where you own property and thus attaches to any property you own. If you sell the property, proceeds will be used to satisfy the lien. Any person or company pulling a credit report on you will see the tax lien. This will damage your borrowing ability, making it difficult to refinance your home, get an auto loan, credit card, or business loan. Also, if you are looking to refinance your loan, the lien would have to be satisfied at closing in order for the lender in the new loan to retain a senior creditor’s position.
Alternatively, a new lender should be willing to make the new loan where the IRS agrees to subordinate its lien. A taxpayer can request that the IRS subordinate their lien to the new lender. In the process, even though the tax lien would be older than the new loan, the IRS agrees to stand behind the new lender should the loan be defaulted and the new lender now seeks to foreclose on the property.
Federal Tax Liens Do not Necessarily Have To Remain In Place While You Are Under A Payment Plan.
It is true that certain taxpayers who enter into payment plans with the IRS can get tax liens withdrawn even before the liability is paid in full. You must enter into a Direct Debit installment agreement and also meet the following to request that the Federal Tax Lien be withdrawn:
- The current amount you owe must be $50,000 or less;
- If you owe more than $50,000, you may pay down the balance to $50,000 prior to requesting the lien withdrawal to be eligible;
- Your Direct Debit Installment Agreement must full pay the amount you owe within 60 months or before the Collection Statute expires, whichever is earlier;
- You must be in full compliance with other filing and payment requirements;
- You must have made three consecutive direct debit payments;
- You cannot have previously received a lien withdrawal for the same taxes unless the withdrawal was for an improper filing of the lien; and
- You cannot have defaulted on your current, or any previous, direct debit installment agreement.
An existing installment agreement not structured as a Direct Debit Installment Agreement can be converted so that you can now qualify for this relief for lien withdrawal. Bear in mind that if you default on your Direct Debit Installment Agreement after the lien is withdrawn, a new notice of lien may be filed and collection efforts may resume.
Don’t Take The Chance And Lose Everything You Have Worked For.
Protect yourself. If you are in danger of wage garnishments or bank levies or having a tax lien placed against your property, stand up to the IRS by getting representation. Tax problems are usually a serious matter and must be handled appropriately so it’s important to that you’ve hired the best lawyer for your particular situation. The tax attorneys at the Law Offices Of Jeffrey B. Kahn, P.C. located in Los Angeles, San Diego San Francisco and elsewhere in California are highly skilled in handling tax matters and can effectively represent at all levels with the IRS and State Tax Agencies including criminal tax investigations and attempted prosecutions, undisclosed foreign bank accounts and other foreign assets, and unreported foreign income.
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