A Federal Tax Lien will be reported to the Credit Bureau once it is filed by the IRS. A simple credit check pulled by anyone checking your credit will see the Lien on your credit report. It will generally stay on their for 10 years. However, regardless of this you should be apply to apply for credit or purchase/leasing a vehicle. It will be up to the company willing to finance the vehicle if the lien will be an issue in obtaining credit for you. What may be required is a co-signor or some other credit worthy individual to guarantee financing.
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Counsel is correct, a Fed Tax Lien will be reported to The Credit Bureau upon being filed by the IRS.
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A tax lien definitely affects your ability to obtain credit. And if you buy it outright, they technically own it and get any proceeds if you later sell the car.
You should call a tax attorney in your area and look into an Offer in Compromise before you do anything.