IRS Refuses to Enforce Lien, Leaving Taxpayer Without Recourse

If the IRS has a superior lien on real estate, it should enforce its lien and apply the sales proceeds to reduce the taxpayer’s unpaid taxes. But what if there is a junior lien that acquires the real estate first? Can the IRS work out a deal with the junior lien holder and divert a…

About the IRS Certificate of Discharge

The IRS’s lien for unpaid taxes attaches to all property owned by the individual. This can prevent the individual from selling or transferring their property or refinancing the property. There are several potential remedies that can help in this situation. One of these remedies is the IRS certificate of discharge. The IRS Certificate of Discharge…

Can I Transfer Assets to Another Person If I Owe the IRS?

Taxpayers often ask us whether they can transfer property to another person if they have an unpaid tax debt or they expect to have a tax debt they cannot pay. There are a number of rules that have to be considered in answering this question. The answer varies based on whether the IRS has a…

What You need to Know about the IRS Federal Tax Lien When Selling Property | Part 3

This is the third part of a three-part series of articles that explain what you need to know about the federal tax lien if you have unpaid tax debts. If you missed the prior two installments, you can find them here and here. As explained previously, the IRS’s federal tax lien can have a devastating…

What Property is Subject to the IRS’s Federal Tax Lien | Part Two

This is the second part of a three-part series of articles that explains what you need to know about the federal tax lien if you have unpaid tax debts. If you missed the first installment of this series, you can read it here. The IRS’s federal tax lien can have a devastating impact on your…

What You Need to Know About IRS Federal Tax Lien | Part One

If you have unpaid taxes, you may be surprised to learn that the IRS has a lien against your property. The IRS federal tax lien is the tool that allows the IRS to collect unpaid taxes. The IRS’s federal tax lien can have a devastating impact on your personal finances. This is the first installment…