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Stopping Tax Liens Imposed by State Taxation Authorities


A state imposed tax lien is a claim against a taxpayer's real and/or personal property, which is used as collateral to pay for the tax debt to the state. The State Department of Taxation wants to ensure that the state tax debt is paid by the taxpayer and it will seek to secure payment from any source it can find.  A State tax lien will show on the credit reports of the taxpayer and can negatively affect the taxpayer's ability to secure financing for a house, car, etc.


State Tax Lien Filing

If you owe the State Taxation Authority back taxes and have made no effort to pay your debt, the state tax collector can file a state imposed tax lien against your real or personal property.  A state tax lien establishes the right of the state government to seize and sell your assets in the event that you cannot or will not pay your state tax liability.  State taxation authorities will usually seek alternative methods of collection before filing a lien.


One of the motivations of state tax collectors for filing a lien is to protect the state government’s interest against other potential creditors.  In other words:  the State Department of Taxation uses liens to ensure that their ability to collect takes precedence over everyone else's.  If you have unfiled tax returns or have received notice from state taxation authorities that they are filing a lien against your assets, you should seek back tax help from a tax relief attorney, such as Kenneth Sheppard, Jr. immediately.


Preventing a State Tax Lien

A state tax lien may be prevented by making payment in full to the state prior to the lien being filed. Since making payment in full may not be financially possible, some other options may be explored including setting up an installment agreement or negotiating an Offer in Compromise. If you are at risk of a tax lien being filed it is important to consult a tax attorney in order to assess your situation and seek the best method for your circumstances to avoid the lien from being filed.


Tax Liens and Bankruptcy

While many governmental liens are not avoidable through filing bankruptcy, certain tax debts may be discharged in a bankruptcy. There are specific rules which will may allow for some of these debts to qualify to be discharged through a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy. Since the core practice areas of Sheppard Law Offices are Tax Law and Debt Relief, attorney Ken Sheppard, Jr understands Federal, State, and Local tax code as well as federal bankruptcy rules in order to seek the best possible option for his clients.


Tax Lien vs. Tax Levy

Whereas a tax lien is a claim that the State Taxation Authority or IRS uses to secure payment of a tax debt, a tax levy actually takes property or wages to satisfy that debt.  A lien essentially lays the groundwork for a state tax levy, which is why a federal, state & local tax debt attorney will advise you to take immediate action if you receive notice of a lien.


Should the state tax collector escalate their efforts to collect on your debt, the following are examples of assets that may be seized:


    Real estate

    Retirement Accounts


    Checking and Savings Accounts

    Rental Income


Contact the Sheppard Law Offices today at 1-877-505-9455 to receive a free consultation regarding your state imposed tax lien, tax levy, or wage garnishment. We are experienced in dealing with the IRS, State, and local taxation authorities.



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Law offices of Columbus, Ohio based Tax lawyer  Kenneth L. Sheppard, Jr. serving clients on a national and local scale. We serve clients throughout the United States and abroad in dealing with the IRS, State, and Local taxation authorities. We have Ohio tax law offices located in Columbus, Canton, Newark, and Mt. Vernon. We handle tax issues for clients located  throughout the country, including Ohio, North Carolina, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.

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