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How do I find out if the IRS has discharged old tax bills past 10 years?

Greenwood, IN |

Have several tax bills when have been on uncollectable status for many years. Most are over 10 years old.

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Filed under: Lien Tax law Appeals
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You can request a copy of the tax transcript report directly from the IRS for the applicable tax year to determine the status of the account.

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The IRS has 10 years to collect from the date of assessment. This can be extended by Bankruptcy filings and also certain appeals within the IRS, including a consent to extend the statute of limitations on collections. You should check with your tax lawyer to get a transcript of your account to determine if the Statute of Limitations has expired on any of the years. Then, an application can be made for a Release of Lien.

I hope this helps!

Ron Cappuccio
856 665-2121

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In addition to what the other attorneys stated, please be aware that the 10 year collection statue does not begin until you actually filed the return. Have a local tax attorney review your situation as this can get complex.

H. Daniel Lively, Esq., LL.M., CPA Certified Tax Specialist, CA Board of Legal Specialization 714-708-2593 Mr. Lively is a Certified Tax Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He can be reached at 714-708-2593 or individual seeking legal advice for their own situation should retain their own legal counsel as this response provides information that is general in nature and not specific to any person's unique situation. Circular 230 Disclaimer - Advice given in this response cannot be used to eliminate penalties with the IRS or any other governmental agency.