I have two tax liens on my credit report from the State of Maryland totaling $7034. I want to know if I can hire a tax attorney in Maryland to settle the debt for less than the amount owed if I pay it all at once. If so, a recommendation for such an attorney would be great. The liens were filed in '08 and 2010. I moved out of Maryland 8 years ago.
You should first be aware that the amount of the tax liens totaling $7,034 is not the amount to pay them off. Since the filing of those liens with the circuit court in 2008 and 2010, the liens have been accruing interest at the rate of 13% per year.
The Comptroller's Office does have an offer and compromise programs to resolve taxpayer's outstanding tax liabilities at less than the full amount owing. This program has several eligibility requirements that must be met including the taxpayer's inability to make payment in full in the foreseeable future. Since you are able to pay off the entire amount of these liens at once, you obviously have the means to make payment in full in the foreseeable future and would be ineligible for the program.
Since you can pay off these tax liens and they continuing to accrue interest, it would be in your best interest to directly contact the Comptroller's Office to make arrangements to pay off these liens. If you are uncomfortable in directly contacting the Comptroller's Office or you are unable to pay these liens off, you should contact a local tax attorney by using the "Find a Lawyer" for a consultation.
Best of luck.
Yes, they sometimes negotiate these liens. You or your attorney can call and make an offer. I would expect you can get 20 or 30 percent off by negotiation, but do not expect much more unless there are very hard circumstances in play. Also, as advised above, the interest has been accruing, so the balance is probably almost twice what it once was.
Yes, you can review the offer in compromise option on the Comptroller's web site for the requirements. Using a tax lawyer is smart, because you need to know how to best present these types of offers in order to be successful. Good luck to you.
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