If the foreclosing attorney gave at least 21 days' notice to the IRS (in proper format) prior to foreclosing and the IRS did nothing to stop the foreclosure, the IRS lien on your former house was released. However, the lien was not paid (unless someone bid in more than was owed to the lender) and will attach to another house should you buy one. That is until the amount owed to the IRS is paid. So, you still owe the IRS. But there are firms who have good success in negotiating with the IRS and reducing what you owe. You should contact one.
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Not unless there was money over and above the amount owed to the foreclosing lender. Talk to a good tax attorney or CPA to determine if you have other options.
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I agree with the other answers. The IRS only gets paid if there is money in the sale over and above what the mortgage company needed to pay itself off. That's highly unlikely, though not impossible. An IRS lien attaches to all of your other assets, too. Depending on how old the debts are, you may want to visit with a bankruptcy attorney and/or a tax attorney about options. It may be that either a bankruptcy or an offer in compromise could resolve the tax debt for you.
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