How to Remove Liens From a Credit Report

The Process

If the taxes are still outstanding, hire a reputable tax attorney to assist you with dealing with the IRS. The tax attorney will help you to show any financial inability to pay the tax lien and offer the IRS a compromise to pay an amount that is reasonable. The attorney will be able to negotiate on your behalf.

After paying the tax lien, be sure to get a Certificate of Federal Tax Lien Release. The IRS will issue you a certificate of release as long as the taxes are paid or there is no longer any legal requirement necessary to collect those taxes. Liens are usually removed within a 30-day time period. Your tax attorney will be able to figure out what these legal requirements and procedures are and inform you.

In order to have the record of a lien released, a taxpayer must obtain a Release of the Notice of Federal Tax Lien. Generally, the IRS will not issue a notice of release of lien until the tax has either been paid in full or the IRS no longer has a legal interest in collecting the tax. The IRS has standardized procedures for lien releases, discharges and subordination. In situations that qualify for the removal of a lien, the IRS will generally remove the lien within 30 days and the taxpayer may receive a copy of the Certificate of Release of Federal Tax Lien.

Order a current credit report from each credit bureau namely TransUnion, Experian and Equifax. Evaluate all three credit reports and note any tax liens listed on each. Check all public records to see if the tax lien has been released or not. If not, contact the credit reporting agency and have them contact the IRS directly to release the lien.

Write a letter to each credit bureau with a copy of proof that tax lien has been removed. Ask each credit bureau to update your credit report by removing the tax lien in question. Be sure that you do a follow up to ensure that the changes are reflected. Order a new credit report within 30 to 60 days, which should show the tax lien discharge.