Stop IRS Tax Lien – Get Local Help
Long Island Tax Resolution Services provides professional solutions
that are customized to stop your IRS tax lien.
The experts at Long Island Tax Resolution can help you navigate the difficult process of a tax lien, so your life can return to normal.
You will get
- Personalized assistance from a top-notch team of experienced Tax Specialists who are U. S. Department of the Treasury Enrolled Agents.
- Assistance from our tax attorneys when needed.
- Minimizes your costs while maximizing your results. You save thousands while presenting a far stronger defense.
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If you are in a position where you need assistance in getting things right with your taxes, then Long Island Tax Resolution Services should be your first, and only phone call.
Utilizing up-to-date software technology that helps to keep the process organized, and forward-moving, James is on top of all aspects of his clients’ cases.
Truthfully speaking, your challenges didn’t occur overnight, so do not expect to solve the same challenges overnight either. James helps you start down the right path, and over time, with a little patience, gets you started in a whole new direction.
I highly recommend James Grennan, and Long Island Tax Resolution Services, to help solve your tax issues.
Why should you choose Long Island Tax Resolution Services?
Certified and Experienced Team
Our Tax Consultants
James Grennen, MBA, CFP, EA, CTRS founded Grennen Financial in 1998. The company would ultimately become Long Island Tax Resolution Services. James Grennen’s expertise has developed over 40 years of serving in key positions in the New York financial services industry. James hold dual designation as a U.S. Treasury Enrolled Agent (EA) and also as a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist (CTRS).
John P. Bagattine
John P. Bagattine EA, ABA, ATA, CFP is the President and Founder of Bagattine & Co. in Bohemia, Long Island. John received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Long Island University. He is a practicing accountant and a U.S. Treasury-licensed Enrolled Agent (EA).
What are Tax Liens?
Tax liens are a collection tool used by the IRS when the taxpayer does not heed repeated warnings and notices to pay the taxes owed. This often results in complete disruption of a taxpayer’s daily life. The easiest way to avoid tax liens is to file tax returns on time and pay off the full amount owed, but we understand mistakes happen. Also, it is possible that the tax lien amount is incorrect, and, if so, it can be appealed.
Tax liens are public record, and they may also be reported to credit agencies. Tax liens can cause problems when trying to sell property, but they can be released in some circumstances. The only way to fully eliminate a tax lien is to pay the tax debt in full. Examples of problems you could possibly face due an outstanding tax lien are:
- They are public record and appear on your credit report
- They prevent you from getting loans or financing
- You cannot sell or transfer your property under liens
- Your livelihood might be disrupted
Needless to say, tax liens are a very serious issue that should be immediately addressed. Tax liens can only be removed by settling the debt in full, which can be made easier by a few tax relief schemes such as:
- Offer in compromise
- Installment payment plans
- Bond guaranteeing payment of tax debt in full
As most other tax relief schemes, relief of tax liens is difficult to obtain. It is in your best interest to hire a certified tax professional with years of experience in the field. A certified and experienced professional will consider your unique situation and work diligently to protect your rights. While you have the option of representing yourself or preparing an appeal yourself, going against the IRS unequipped with any prior tax knowledge will prove to be nothing but difficult.
The Prevention and Removal of IRS Tax Liens
Before you can understand what a tax lien is, it is important to first understand what a ‘lien’ actually means. In simple words, a lien is a security interest in an asset, securing the payment of a debt of other financial obligations. Think of it as collateral being used to make sure that the payee doesn’t default on repayment of his or her debts.
A tax lien can therefore be defined as a legal claim against a taxpayer’s assets to make sure that a tax debt is paid in full. If a taxpayer fails to pay their taxes for an extended period of time, the IRS will apply a tax lien against his or her assets to ensure that they pay in full. This is usually done only as a last resort since getting rid of a tax lien is a very tedious process. As a result, a tax lien can leave a somewhat permanent mark on someone’s credit history.
Tax liens can be placed by either the Federal, state or local governments, depending on the severity of the situation. Tax liens resulting from unpaid Federal and state taxes are placed by the respective governments. Local governments can place liens for unpaid local income or property taxes. As mentioned above, tax liens are public record. This means that the asset controlled by a lien cannot be sold, purchased, refinanced or borrowed against in any way. Essentially, the asset becomes untouchable unless the tax debt is satisfied in full.
What happens when the tax debt remains unpaid for an extended period of time after the tax lien is issued? In this event IRS can use a tax levy to legally seize these assets to satisfy the debt in part or in full. This scenario is one that any taxpayer would want to avoid. The situation where your assets are seized for defaulting on tax payments should be avoided at all costs.
The most basic way to prevent an IRS tax lien is to not default on tax payments. Filing your taxes properly and on time and paying in full ensures that the IRS will never issue a tax lien against you. In the unfortunate circumstance that a financial hardship causes you to be unable to settle your tax debts on time, you can simply set up an installment payment plan. In this way the IRS knows that you will pay your debt tax in full over time. While there are certain terms and conditions that apply, this is the safer route than risking having a lien placed on your assets.
What can you do if a tax lien has already been placed on your property? You can still get a tax lien removed without having it get to the point of having the IRS resort to something like issuing a bank levy. Here are some ways an IRS tax lien can be removed:
- If the IRS is notified of a filing error, the tax lien must be withdrawn. This can occur in cases where there are documentation or calculation errors, but does happen frequently.
- Either paying off the tax lien amount in full, or settling the debt with an offer in compromise will cause the tax lien to be removed.
- The tax lien may become unenforceable due to the expiration of the 10 year statute of limitations, and then must be removed.
The IRS does one of two things in these types of situations. It will either withdraw the tax lien, or it will remove it. While both of them ensure that you don’t have to be troubled anymore with pending debts, the particular method that the IRS uses can affect your future.
- Withdrawal of tax liens: when using this method the IRS treats it as if there was no lien in the first place, and all records are removed. This is done only if there was an error committed by the IRS, so this is obviously not common. If a tax lien was incorrectly filed against you, make sure to contact the IRS as soon as possible to get it rescinded.
- Release of tax liens: If the lien was paid off or settled in time, it will be lifted within 30 days of receipt of full payment of funds. Lien release is automatically done once all debts are paid, but it can stay in your credit history for up to 10 years. Obviously, it’s a good idea to avoid getting a tax lien in the first place.
Under the IRS Fresh Start program, a tax lien may be withdrawn if certain provisions are met, provided their outstanding balance is less than $25,000.
Tax liens are public record and can remain in your credit history for a long period of time. Obviously, it’s good practice to pay your taxes on time. Even when you ultimately pay off your back taxes and the tax lien is removed, your credit history can still be affected. Emergencies can arise and the inability to access credit can cause big financial problems. The adage ‘an ounce of prevention is more valuable than a pound of cure’ was never more appropriate.
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