Pay Tax Debt in Full

If you pay the IRS all of your tax debt plus any interest and penalties, the agency will release the tax lien. Therefore, the IRS will file a Certificate of Release. However, unless the IRS withdraws the tax lien, traces of it will show up on your credit report.

Settle Tax Debt Through an Offer in Compromise

An offer in compromise (OIC) is when you settle your tax debt for less than you owe. You have up to two years to pay off an OIC that’s accepted. Consequently, you make payments on the settlement amount.

To qualify, you must meet strict requirements and disclose a lot of financial information. The IRS only accepts offers if the agency believes that amount is the most it can get. Recently, the IRS relaxed the requirements for the offer in compromise program.

If you meet the payment requirements on an Offer in Compromise, the IRS will release the tax lien.

Let the Statute of Limitations Expire

Like most debts, IRS debts have a statute of limitations on collection, and if the Collection Statute Expiration Date arrives, the IRS can no longer enforce the tax lien. Typically, tax debt expires ten years after you file your return or after the IRS assesses the tax debt. The IRS usually extends the statute of limitations on collection if you file bankruptcy, you file an offer in compromise, or if you sign Form 900 (Tax Collection Waiver).

When the statue of limitation on collection arrives on a specific tax year, the IRS lien does not become enforceable anymore so as long as the IRS did not refile the tax lien and the deadline for refiling has passed. As long as all liabilities shown on the NTFL have reached their self-release point, creditors and the IRS will consider the tax lien fully released.

Give the IRS a Bond Guaranteeing Payment of Tax Debt

You can also post a bond guaranteeing payment. It has the same effect in many cases as paying your tax debt in full. Taxpayers rarely leverage surety bonds because it is usually challenging to qualify for one because of the adverse effects on one’s credit. Moreover, in most cases, the cost of the bond would be the same as paying off the tax debt.

Once you have met one of the above requirements, the IRS should release your tax lien. In many cases, the IRS doesn’t automatically release the lien. If that happens, contact the Centralized Lien Unit at (800) 913-6050.

Partial Releases of a Tax Lien

In many cases, the IRS will file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien with more than one taxpayer’s name on it. In such situations, if one taxpayer on the NTFL satisfies part or all of their liability while the other does not, the IRS may issue a Certificate of Release with the word “partial” annotated on it. For example, you could accomplish a release with many of the same reasons as above. [end]

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