No matter how hard we try, there may come a time when you’re not able to meet your tax obligations. If this situation leads to you being behind, you’ll find that the IRS takes steps to rectify the situation. One way they can do this is by applying a tax lien against your property – your home or car can have a lien placed against them. What should you do to avoid this situation? It’s important to be proactive. Once tax problems lead to a lien, it’s very difficult to get the IRS to change their plan.
Being proactive about your tax problems requires that you not ignore the notices that the IRS sends you. Respond immediately to any notices you receive about your tax debt. If you ignore notices from the IRS, you won’t avoid a tax lien, as well as other possible actions, including wage garnishment and perhaps even criminal charges.
You’ll also need to deal with the financial aspect of your tax problems. Namely, you need to make sure that you are current with all your filings. Even if you can’t afford to pay your tax debt (that’s what got you into this situation in the first place), you need to make sure that your taxes are filed for every single year. This also shows that you want to do things legally and are in compliance with federal law.
It’s important to understand that the IRS really only places a tax lien on you if you owe more than a certain amount. In most instances, tax problems in which you owe $25,000 or more are going to be dealt with via a lien and/or wage garnishment. If you can pay enough to get the amount you owe under that figure, you might not have to deal with a lien at all.
Get Help When You Need It
Above all, you need to realize that you don’t have to deal with tax problems alone. If you just don’t know how to proceed or aren’t comfortable handling things on your own, there’s a lot to be gained by working with a reputable expert. A CPA or tax Attorney can help you understand your options for dealing with a tax lien or avoiding having one placed on your property. They will also help you explore other options open to you, including an offer in compromise and installment plans.
For more information on avoiding tax liens, contact us or call directly at 866-790-1040.