You are contemplating getting married in a community property state.This means unless you take special precautions, your husband's assets become community assets subject to lien or levy if they are not clearly identified and maintained as his separate property. "Special precautions" means entering into an instalment agreement with the IRS or whatever governental agency you may owe, retaining an attorney to prepare a prenuptial agreement, keeping all your income and assets separate during the marriage until your tax debt is paid off, and avoiding incuring any tax debts in the future.
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It seems that if you are in a monthly payment plan then you are on the right track with the IRS. If you convert your plan to a Direct Debit plan, wherein the IRS takes the money directly out of your bank account each month, the IRS will agree to WITHDRAW their lien. A withdrawal helps your credit record in that it tells creditors that the lien was filed in error (even if that is not true). This program is new for the IRS (about a year) under their Fresh Start program. You can search their website. You can start with the link I have provided below.
I agree with other attorneys. The IRS cannot hold your husband liable for your old taxes. But, there are concerns regarding assets in a community property state.
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