What can I do about a tax lien?

If you are a Georgia resident and are faced with a tax lien on your property, that means a delinquent debt liability has been recorded with one or more Superior Courts. According to the Department of Revenue, it can file the lien in order to secure the debt if it is in George's best interest.

Once the state has filed the lien in connection to a specific property, the lien is then attached to it even if it trades hands, which can affect any sale of the property. Even if you (as the targeted taxpayer) dies, it remains attached to the property as it becomes part of your estate.

If you believe that there is no basis for the lien and it was filed by mistake, you can request a withdrawal by petitioning the Department of Revenue. If, after review, it is found to have been filed in error, the Department will withdraw the lien from your property.

If you pay the delinquent tax amount owed, the state will consider the issue resolved and cancel the tax lien. The cancellation will be filed with the Superior Court in each of the counties where the lien had been previously recorded. The Department can then provide this information to any financial institutions in the future upon request to show that the issue has been resolved.

It is possible for a lien to expire within seven years, but if the department opts to renew it prior to the lien's expiration date, it can be re-recorded for an additional seven-year period.

If you have resolved the lien or it was filed in error, it may still appear on your credit report. In this case, you will need to directly contact the credit bureau and show documentation of the current status of the tax lien.

This post is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional legal counsel.


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