Tax liens and Levies

Education & Training with Tax Raj Solutions LLC

I represent taxpayers in Boulder, CO and Denver, CO who have issues with unpaid taxes  and outstanding tax liabilities, back taxes and wage garnishments.


Tax liens and levies are used by the IRS and the States Departments to collect unpaid taxes. A tax lien is a legal claim against your  properties to secure payment of  your tax debt, while levy actually takes the  property to satisfy the tax debt. When you owe taxes to the U.S. Treasury and don’t pay, a claim against  you  arises by law (Internal Revenue Code § 6321). 


Once the lien is filed, it is to alert the other creditors that the IRS has a claim against your assets. The existence of the government’s claim is not public information initially and is called a “secret” or “statutory” or automatic lien. 


A lien is placed against all current and future properties such as a house, car, bank account, wages, salary, bonus, commission. The taxpayer does have certain rights. Generally, before the property is seized, the IRS will send you a Notice of intent to levy and right to a hearing. A taxpayer generally has 30 days to respond from the date notice was mailed. If taxpayers do not respond to the notice within that time, the IRS may seize the property. The taxpayer also has the right to hire an EA, CPA or attorney to represent the taxpayer in dealing with the tax issues. The taxpayer may choose that not to appear in meetings with the taxing authorities. 


Steps to take if a Notice Federal Tax Lien is filed against you:

  1. Do you have unpaid taxes due and previously received notices from the taxing authorities or unfiled tax returns for previous years? This information is important because sometimes a levy could be filed due to wrongful and erroneous levies.
  2. In either case, this is a time sensitive issue and you need to respond. If you do not respond within 30 days, you will lose appeal rights.
  3. The Notice of federal tax lien will only show  your assessed balance as of the date of the notice filing. It does not show payoff balance or include the charges for filing and releasing lien.
  4. If you can not pay the whole amount, based on your specific situations, the IRS will consider alternative plans like: installment payment plans (full or  partial payment plans), offer-in-compromise (the IRS agrees to receive less than full amount) or uncollectable at present time based on financial situation.


If you or someone you know has additional questions regarding filing past due taxes, tax payments, levies and Liens business expenses tracking or other tax related matters, give me a call or send me a message. 


Related Resources

Tax Liability and Payments

Are You Year(s) behind in Filing Your Tax Returns?

IRS Letters & Notices!

Requirements to Get on a Payment Plan with the IRS


Many tax preparers and accounting professionals are extremely busy due to the complexity of tax regulations brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the IRS collection efforts to contact taxpayers with unfiled tax returns. If you or somebody else you know are having IRS issues please feel free to contact me at or call me 301-461-2022. The IRS doesn't like to be ignored. Be proactive.

Enrolled agents are federal tax practitioners licensed by the Treasury Department.


Comments (2)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Rajbir and Thank You for the great information in your blog to share with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!

Dec 12, 2021 09:45 AM
Rajbir Athwal

Have a great day and thank you.

Dec 13, 2021 01:20 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Rajbir Athwal very good helpful report about tax liens and levies.

Dec 12, 2021 08:32 PM
Rajbir Athwal

Thank you Jonn.

Dec 13, 2021 01:21 PM