How to Remove Tax Liens From a Property


Failure to pay your taxes can result in having a lien placed on your real estate property. Tax liens stay on your record for 10 years. With a property tax lien, it becomes difficult to sell the property, refinance the property or purchase a new property. Removing an existing tax property lien is key to averting problems when attempting to sell a home.

Set up a plan to pay the taxes owed to remove the property tax lien. Contact the agency that placed the lien on your property using the telephone number on correspondences sent to your home. You can either pay the delinquent payment in full or schedule installment payments to relieve the debt and remove the lien.

Wait until the agency submits a lien release. Once the agency receives and processes your tax payment, it will contact the secretary of state for your state or the treasurer's office within your county or city to lift the property lien.

Update your information with the credit bureaus. Satisfying or paying off a delinquent tax bill does not automatically remove the lien from your credit report. Write the three reporting bureaus -- TransUnion, Experian and Equifax — to remove the lien from your personal file and submit evidence that you paid the debt, such as copies of statements or checks.

File a request for a certificate of discharge. If selling a home and relinquishing ownership of the real estate property, apply for a certificate of discharge with the IRS to request removal of the property tax lien.

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