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Tax Liens Archives

Love faces federal lien after dealing with a hole in her finances

Benjamin Franklin was famous for many things, including his ability to develop memorable turns of phrase. The American founding father famously mused, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

Internal Revenue Service may use liens to make up tax debt

Gathering all of the necessary documentation to file income taxes every year can seem like a daunting task. Coming to the realization that you owe more to the Internal Revenue Service than originally thought makes the situation even more onerous, especially if the tax burden is unaffordable. In this situation, a person may have to make very difficult decisions.

Tax liens can have damaging effect on credit scores

When the Internal Revenue Service believes that an individual failed to meet his or her full tax burden, the agency may do whatever it takes to recover funds. As such, the IRS may attach a lien to personal property, which means that they can claim it if a person fails to pay up.

Taxpayers often left with few protections when dealing with liens

When local governments accuse someone of failing to pay property tax bills, a lien may be attached to the property in question. This means that the government can seize the property if the owner fails to pay the outstanding taxes or negotiate a repayment plan. This can be a confusing and scary experience for homeowners trying to navigate their financial situation and the complexities of tax law.

What happens when a federal tax lien is attached to property?

Seeing a notice from the Internal Revenue Service arrive in the mail isn't likely to be a welcome sight. When federal officials claim that taxpayers have failed to pay their full tax liabilities, a lien may be attached to their personal property. This essentially means that the government is laying claim to property until the tax issue is resolved.

What can happen after a property tax lien is issued?

When local tax officials believe someone has failed to pay a property tax bill, they might issue a lien. At this point, individuals must work to resolve their debt, or they could have their property repossessed. Obviously, this can create an entirely different set of problems.

Make sure to notify the IRS if you are moving

If you are planning on moving your business to a new address, make sure to file the appropriate paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service. In one recent case, a taxpayer’s failure to properly notify the IRS of an address change barred it from challenging a tax lien.

Tax lien forces Warwick to say a little prayer, files bankruptcy

Responding to a tax notice is a decision that shouldn't be made lightly. Why? Tax liens can have an effect on a taxpayer's future, affecting credit, homes sales and overall finances. Dionne Warwick said that a million-dollar tax lien was a prominent factor in her recent decision to file for bankruptcy protection.

Google's $300k tax lien an "error," says local tax official

Many of us in Minnesota use Google on a daily basis and news of the company reporting billions of dollars in revenue is nothing new. But after hearing the news that a $300,000 tax lien has been placed on the company, something just doesn't add up. A tax lien can be local, state or federal, meaning if a person or company does not pay taxes to the local, state or federal government it can place a lien on the taxpayer's property.

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