Success Story: The Taxpayer Advocate Service’s advocacy protects taxpayers’ rights in IRS tax lien withdrawal case

February 4, 2019

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer’s tax issues. All personal details are removed to protect the taxpayer’s privacy.

TAS is an advocate for protecting taxpayers’ rights. This success story is an example of how TAS's advocacy protected a taxpayer’s fundamental Right to a Fair and Just Tax System by negotiating with the IRS to withdraw a tax lien.

A taxpayer had an IRS balance due, but paid the tax bill. After the taxpayer paid the IRS balance, the IRS filed a Notice of Federal Tax Lien which jeopardized the taxpayer’s employment. Although the IRS released the lien, it remained a matter of public record. The IRS refused to withdraw the lien even though the IRS filed it after the taxpayer paid the balance in full. TAS got involved and negotiated with the IRS on behalf of the taxpayer to successfully obtain a lien withdrawal.

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 resolve their tax issue. TAS advocates will do everything they can to help taxpayers and work with them every step of the way. Occasionally TAS features stories of taxpayers and advocates who work together to resolve complex tax issues. Read more TAS success stories.

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