What To Do When You Receive A Real Or Fake IRS Lien Notice
The IRS sends out lien notices to taxpayers who do not pay their federal taxes.
You know who you are. However, if you have not yet received a lien notice from the IRS, and you don’t pay your taxes, you can expect one to arrive sooner or later. And it’s important that you don’t ignore the notice in the same way that you ignored paying your tax debt.
In fact, the most important thing to do is to respond to the IRS lien notice in a timely fashion. You can do this on your own, but if you are behind and owe the IRS a substantial amount, you’ll be better off working with a tax resolution attorney. Whatever the case, do NOT avoid the notice.
If you ignore the notice, the IRS can and will seize your assets. But don’t worry; they will give you ample advance notice. Here’s the process. First the IRS will send you a notice of your deficiency. Then, the IRS will send you a final notice of intent to lien or levy. And then, they will wait 30 days before moving forward.
Regardless of how you plan to resolve your tax debt, it’s imperative that you respond promptly to halt the tax levy process. If you simply avoid the notices, hoping the IRS will not follow through with its collection efforts, you will be sadly and sorely mistaken.
A Lien From A Fake Tax Agency
There’s a scam in the works in the U.S. that is fooling some people which involves a letter threatening an IRS lien or levy. As the scammers get wiser, the schemes look a little more real. This one involves a letter sent via regular mail to the taxpayer. The lien or levy is based on bogus overdue taxes owed to a non-existent agency. If you pay your taxes, you’ll know this is a scam. The scammers hope to get lucky and send a letter to someone who hasn’t paid their taxes.
The fake agency is called the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement.” There is no such agency. The lien notification scam also likely references the IRS to confuse potential victims into thinking the letter is from a legitimate agency.
If you pay your taxes, you have nothing to worry about. If you haven’t paid your taxes and receive a scam letter and succumb to the scam, you’ll really be in big trouble. That’s because you’ll have given your money to the wrong entity and will still owe the IRS.
Paying your taxes and being alert is especially important since we live in a time when scams are rampant. If you do receive a fake lien notice, report it immediately. https://go.usa.gov/xyYHB
If you haven’t paid your taxes and try to hide, the IRS will eventually find you. Best case scenario is to let a reputable tax resolution attorney contact the IRS for you. You have more to fear if you try to avoid the IRS than you do if you make sincere efforts to resolve your issue. Avoid an IRS lien. Give us a call.