Tax Lien

IRS Tax Lien – State Tax Lien

Federal IRS Tax Lien An IRS tax lien or state tax lien is the first major step that the IRS and/or state will take against a taxpayer in order to collect back taxes from an individual. Besides becoming a major strike against your tax record and your credit report, a tax lien acts as an insurance policy to ensure the tax liability is not overlooked if other creditors should file suit and attempt to collect from you, a bankruptcy is filed, or the taxpayer attempts to sell their real estate, buy other real estate, or even apply for credit.

A Tax Lien tells the world that the IRS or State has first claim of your property and assets

By filing a tax lien, the IRS or state tax agency gives public notice to your creditors (current or future) that the government has a first priority claim on your residential or commercial property, or any bank accounts you may have.

During the collection of past due taxes, the IRS may file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien to secure the government’s interest. Sometimes the IRS will even do this even if a taxpayer has agreed to a payment solution with the agency. A lien is required by law to establish the government’s priority as a creditor which determines the “pecking order” with other creditors in common situations, such as bankruptcy proceedings or some future sale of real estate. Once a lien is filed, it will likely appear on a taxpayer’s credit report and will undoubtedly significantly harm a taxpayer’s credit rating. For that reason alone, it is important that a taxpayer work to resolve a tax liability as quickly as possible, before a tax lien filing becomes necessary. The same scenario applies to state taxing authorities.

Our Tax Resolution Lawyers may be able to persuade the IRS or State to release, withdraw, or subordinate its lien in situations such as:

  • Complete payment of taxes owed
  • Acceptance of an IRS Installment Agreement
  • Acceptance of a taxpayer’s Offer In Compromise (OIC)
  • Acceptance of a bond as guarantee of payment
  • Tax agency that violated procedural requirements for filing of an IRS tax lien
  • Tax agency violated standards of due process
  • Notification of bankruptcy proceedings
  • Automatic release of tax lien after 10-years (when certain requirements are met)

Expert help getting your lien released, discharged or subordinated

While it is always best to head off the filing of a state or IRS tax lien before it is filed or immediately thereafter, in reality, tax liens are most often addressed only when they threaten to prevent the refinancing or selling of a home or business property. Our Tax Resolution Lawyers can work effectively to have your state or federal tax lien released, discharged or subordinated. The state and IRS are most willing to subordinate a lien when doing so won’t hurt its interests —and might even help the taxpayer— such as a situation where your net income will increase by getting a more favorable mortgage loan resulting in a smaller payment, resulting in more left-over income (to pay the IRS), and even create a more valuable real estate asset (this would be the case if a better loan is assumable) – thus making it more likely that you will be able to pay down your tax liability.

No matter how far the collection process has advanced – Call a Professional

The IRS is one of the most aggressive and powerful debt collector agency in the country —if not the world. If you owe back taxes, the IRS will do whatever it takes to collect them from you. This includes putting liens on your personal or business property, levying your property, emptying your bank accounts and even garnishing your wages. No matter where the collection process is, give our Tax Resolution Lawyers a call. You might be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to have the tide turn in your favor when a professional tax attorney gets involved.

Get some help —Make that call!

The Tax Resolution Lawyers at Vincent W. Davis & Associates, provide a no-obligation, confidential consultation and have appointments available for evenings and weekends. Moreover, we accept all major credit cards and can make other payment arrangements so that we can help you get your tax problems straightened out without adding additional layers of financial burden on you and your family. We have seven convenient offices throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County. To schedule a confidential free consultation with one of our Tax Resolution Lawyers, call 626-446-6442.


Arcadia Office
150 N. Santa Anita Ave,
Suite 200
Arcadia, CA 91006
Phone: (626) 446-6442
Fax: (626)-446-6454


Beverly Hills Office
9465 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 300
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310)-880-5733


La Mirada Office
Cerritos Towne Center
17777 Center Court Drive ,
Suite 600
Cerritos, California, 90703
Phone: 888-888-6542


Los Angeles Office
Gas Company Tower
555 West Fifth Street,
31st Floor
Los Angeles, California, 90013
Phone: (213)-400-4132


Long Beach Office
Landmark Square
111 West Ocean Blvd.,
Suite 400
Long beach, California, 90802


Irvine Office
Oracle Tower
17901 Von Karman Avenue,
Suite 600
Irvine, California, 92614
Phone: (949)-203-3971
Fax: (949)-203-3972


Ontario Office
Lakeshore Center
3281 E. Guasti Road,
7th Floor
City of Ontario, California, 91761
Phone:(909)-996-5644


Riverside Office
Turner Riverwalk
11801 Pierce Street,
Suite 200
Riverside, California, 92505
Phone: (909)-996-5644


San Diego
Emerald Plaza
402 West Broadway,
Suite #400
San Diego, California, 92101
Phone: (619)-885-2070


Aliso Viejo
Ladera Corporate Terrace
999 Corporate Drive,
Suite 100
Ladera Ranch, California, 92694
Phone: (714) 721-3822