Don't Ignore That Letter From the IRS

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The IRS has shown some benevolence during the COVID-19 pandemic, extending deadlines and allowing more time to comply with information requests. The end to this grace period is coming soon and you WILL be required to eventually pay your tax bill.

Here is what the IRS can do to collect your unpaid tax bill:

File a Notice of Federal Tax Lien.
A lien will attach to property such as your real estate, vehicles, or accounts receivable. The filing of a Notice of Federal Tax Lien puts the public on notice that the government has a claim against your property including property acquired after the date of the notice. Such a lien can harm your credit rating. A Release of Notice of Federal Tax Lien is issued only after your account is settled in full.

Serve a Notice of Levy.
This allows the IRS to seize and sell your property to pay taxes which you did not pay voluntarily. Levies can be made on property you own such as real estate and vehicles. It also extends to property you own which is held by third parties, such as deposits in a bank.

Apply Overpayments.
The IRS can offset any refunds that may be due to you against a prior tax liability still outstanding.

If you receive correspondence from the IRS, notify your Beaird Harris advisor ASAP and we’ll respond accordingly.  If there’s a balance due, quite often the IRS notice is incorrect. A prompt reply resolving the issue will often result in a reduced balance due.

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