Success Story: Stop That Lien!

December 9, 2014

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. All personal details are removed to protect the privacy of the taxpayer.

A self-employed government contractor found herself owing a significant balance due after the IRS disallowed certain expenses she had claimed on her return. The taxpayer’s preparer filed an amended return consistent with the exam adjustments. The taxpayer also requested that the IRS place a collection hold on the account because she could not make any payment at this time. She provided the IRS with financial information which supported her claim that she could not pay. 

The IRS agreed that the taxpayer could not presently pay but insisted on filing a lien as a condition of the collection hold. TAS negotiated with the IRS and was able to stop the Compliance area from filing the lien (just two days before it was scheduled to be mailed to the county courthouse), thus avoiding irreparable harm to the taxpayer.

More information if you have concerns about paying your taxes.

When working with the Taxpayer Advocate Service, each individual or business taxpayer is assigned to an advocate who listens to the problem and helps the taxpayer understand what needs to be done to fix it. TAS advocates will do everything they can to get the problems resolved and will stay with the taxpayers every step of the way. Occasionally we feature stories of taxpayers and advocates who worked together to resolve complex tax issues. Read more TAS success stories