IRS Federal Tax Lien


A huge percentage of all individual tax returns processed by the Internal Revenue Service's modernized account information computer system. Known as the Customer Account Data Engine, or CADE. This system is the centerpiece of modernization efforts at the IRS. CADE is handling significantly more tax returns each year. CADE, which is at the core of the effort to replace many of the agency's aging systems, dramatically speeds up internal IRS processing, permitting taxpayer accounts to update on a daily basis. This helps the IRS better administer the nation's tax system. The IRS is rolling out CADE in a series of "releases," each improving on and adding to the system capabilities. CADE was envisioned to replace the legacy Master File system, parts of which date back to the Kennedy Administration and will eventually house the account information of more than 200 million individual and business taxpayers.

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The IRS may generally file a Federal Tax Lien against your personal and real property to secure the government's interest in your outstanding tax debt so it has priority over other creditors. If you receive a notice of federal tax lien, how can you get it removed? Outside paying off your tax debt in full or having the statute of limitations expire, removing a federal tax lien is a difficult task. Hiring a qualified tax professional to advise you and work on your behalf is almost always necessary if you cannot pay the debt in full, or if you cannot post a bond guaranteeing you will pay the debt in full. By law, a filed notice of tax lien can be removed if: the notice of federal tax lien was filed too early or violated IRS procedures, you enter into an installment agreement to pay the debt and the agreement provides for removal of the federal tax lien, removing the federal tax lien will speed up collection of the liability by the IRS, or removal of the federal tax lien would be in the best interest of both the taxpayer and the government.

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Yesterday I was contacted by Gerri Detweiler who is associated with She had some questions about Federal Tax Liens, credit and how to get them released. While I was typing her answer, I thought that my blog visitors might benefit from this information as well.

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If you have suffered the IRS Problem of a tax lien, you are ready to do whatever you need to do to be rid of it.  Your lien amount is a matter of public record until your lien is paid-in-full.  You will want to get this information removed from public record as soon as you can. 

How to Release a Tax Lien

•    Payment of the lien in full including penalties and interest due (payments can be made with a certified check, cashier’s check, or money order)
•    Acceptance of a bond guaranteeing payment of the lien
•    The lien becomes legally unenforceable because it has been 10 years since the tax was assessed
•    All fees charged to file and release the lien have been paid

You should receive a release of the lien within 30 days of payment, acceptance of bond, or it becoming legally unenforceable.  If not, you can request a Certificate of Release of Federal Tax Lien.  

How to Request a Certificate of Release of Federal Tax Lien

•    Use publication 1450 (Instructions on How to Request a Certificate of Release of Federal Tax Lien)
•    Call 1-800-913-6050
•    Write or fax the local Lien Processing Unit at:
             Internal Revenue Service
             CCP – Lien Unit
             P.O. Box 145595
             Stop 8420G Team #___ (number can be found on IRS website)
             Cincinnati, Ohio  45250-5595

             Fax numbers are located on the IRS website,

Information Needed

•    Date of request
•    Name and address of taxpayer
•    Copy of Notice of Federal Tax Lien
•    Why you want lien released
•    Copy of receipt from the IRS showing paid in full or copy of canceled check or other proof that is accepted
•    Telephone number with best time to call

The IRS will confirm that you have paid off the lien and issue a release. 

If you are in need of a release immediately, visit or call your local IRS office.  You will need to provide proof of payment at that time.

It is important to know that the certificate you receive will not show the official recording information.  If you require a copy of the recorded certificate, you will need to contact the recording office where the certificate was initially filed. 

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