7 Steps to Remove a State Tax Lien From Your Credit Report
First, you need to understand the importance of how serious a tax lien is. It’s like having a huge fat red ‘F’ on your credit report that translates to: “Don’t ever, ever, ever give this person a line of credit!”
We’d like to say that we’re exaggerating here, but we’re not.
If there’s anything you can do to avoid getting a tax lien on your credit report, the professional tax experts at Success Tax Relief encourage you to do whatever is legally in your power to avoid it. Talk to the IRS and try to negotiate a payment plan. If you need to, hire a professional tax relief firm to assist you. In the long run, it will cost you less than hiring someone to help you remove a lien on your credit report.
Don’t wait until your tax debt situation goes from bad to worse!
First, educate yourself.
Know that there are two different kinds of tax liens:
- Federal Tax Liens
- State Tax Liens
How Long Can a Lien Stay on Your Credit Report?
A federal tax lien can stay on a credit report for a certain period of time depending on when the creditors reported the case to the credit bureau. It can stay on your credit report from anywhere between 7-10 years. A state tax lien has no requirement to remove a case from your report, even if you’ve paid the debt in full.
A state tax lien is public records. Anyone can access them and find out what kind of derogatory debts you have. This is not a good thing if you’re trying to acquire a line of credit to buy a house, car, or some personal loan.
|Four Types of Tax Lien Statuses:|
· Unpaid – Self-explanatory
· Paid or Released Tax Lien – You’ve made a deal to pay or settle
· Removal – Occurs 7 years from the day release, which means it starts on the day you paid the debt off, not when it was originally filed
- Withdrawn – Removed from your credit report immediately. This is what you want!
So How Do I Get My Tax Lien Withdrawn?
It’s difficult if it’s state. However, federal will do it from the Fresh Start Policy. This is what you need to do for state:
Step 1: Get a copy of your credit report.
Step 2: Find the lien and confirm the balance with the state tax office.
Step 3: Establish a repayment plan
Step 4: Keep a record of all documents pertaining to the payment plan.
Step 5: Be sure to get a “paid in full” letter once the tax debt is paid off.
Step 6: Send this document to all of your creditors.
After the debt is paid, you can then petition to have the lien withdrawn. Get a copy of the document and provide it to the creditors.
Step 7: Get Help!
If this all seems like too much, the let the professionals at Success Tax Relief assist you. Contact us today for a free consultation online or call 877-825-1179.