How to Get Proof That Tax Liens Have Been Paid

If you fail to submit payment for an outstanding tax debt within the time frame the Internal Revenue Service gives you, it reserves the right to file a tax lien against you. Tax liens give the IRS a security interest in all personal property and assets you own. After you pay off your tax lien, the IRS will send you a Certificate of Lien Release as proof that you satisfied your tax obligations. If you do not receive the certificate within 30 days after paying off your liens, you can request a new Certificate of Lien Release from the IRS.


Step 1

Make a copy of each Notice of Federal Tax Lien you receive, notifying you of the tax lien.

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Step 2

Write a letter to the IRS requesting a formal copy of your recorded Certificate of Lien Release. Include your name, address and the date of your request. Note that you previously paid off the tax lien in full and would like proof that the tax lien is no longer in effect.


Step 3

Include proof that you have, in fact, paid off the tax lien. A copy of a canceled check to the IRS in the amount of the lien or a copy of the receipt for your payment to the IRS both serve as acceptable proof of payment.


Step 4

Mail the letter, copies of each Notice of Federal Tax Lien you received and your proof of payment to the IRS. The mailing address you must use will vary, depending on your location.


If you have any questions, contact the IRS at 800-913-6050


Proof that you paid off your tax liens will not result in the credit bureaus removing the liens from your credit report. Paid tax liens remain a part of your credit history for seven years after the date of payment.

Things You'll Need

  • Notice of Federal Tax Lien

  • Canceled check or IRS receipt

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