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Paying your tax debt – in full – is the best way to get rid of a federal tax lien. The IRS releases your lien within 30 days after you have paid your tax debt.
When conditions are in the best interest of both the government and the taxpayer, other options for reducing the impact of a lien exist.
Discharge of property
A “discharge” removes the lien from specific property. There are several Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provisions that determine eligibility. For more information, refer to Publication 783, Instructions on How to Apply for Certificate of Discharge From Federal Tax Lien PDF and the video Selling or Refinancing when there is an IRS Lien.
“Subordination” does not remove the lien, but allows other creditors to move ahead of the IRS, which may make it easier to get a loan or mortgage. To determine eligibility, refer to Publication 784, Instructions on How to Apply for a Certificate of Subordination of Federal Tax Lien PDF and the video Selling or Refinancing when there is an IRS Lien.
A “withdrawal” removes the public Notice of Federal Tax Lien and assures that the IRS is not competing with other creditors for your property; however, you are still liable for the amount due. For eligibility, refer to Form 12277, Application for the Withdrawal of Filed Form 668(Y), Notice of Federal Tax Lien (Internal Revenue Code Section 6323(j)) PDF and the video Lien Notice Withdrawal.
Two additional Withdrawal options resulted from the Commissioner’s 2011 Fresh Start initiative.
One option may allow withdrawal of your Notice of Federal Tax Lien after the lien’s release. General eligibility includes:
Your tax liability has been satisfied and your lien has been released; and also:
You are in compliance for the past three years in filing – all individual returns, business returns, and information returns;
You are current on your estimated tax payments and federal tax deposits, as applicable.
The other option may allow withdrawal of your Notice of Federal Tax Lien if you have entered in or converted your regular installment agreement to a Direct Debit installment agreement. General eligibility includes:
You are a qualifying taxpayer (i.e. individuals, businesses with income tax liability only, and out of business entities with any type of tax debt)
You owe $25,000 or less (If you owe more than $25,000, you may pay down the balance to $25,000 prior to requesting withdrawal of the Notice of Federal Tax Lien)
You are in full compliance with other filing and payment requirements
You have made three consecutive direct debit payments
You can’t have defaulted on your current, or any previous, Direct Debit Installment agreement.
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