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Registered: ‎07-29-2010
Re: IRS Lien Removal
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I too have two "released" tax liens originally from '03 and '05 reporting on my credit report. One that was paid 10/08, and one that was paid 12/09. Since they're not going to come off until 2015 and 2016 respectively, I was really excited by the news reports in February that the IRS would now withdraw the liens (,,id=236540,00.html).


I tried asking CPAs about getting the liens withdrawn and no one seemed to know what I was talking about. So I gave it a shot myself. Here's what I did:


- On 5/4/2011, I filled out and mailed Form 12277, Application for Withdrawal of Filed Form 668(Y), Notice of Federal Tax Lien (, to the address in Oakland, CA listed in Publication 4235 (


I included a cover letter explaining the situation and my reasoning for why the lien withdrawal would be in the best interest of the US government (improved credit leading to better future tax compliance), which is what I thought was the now acceptable rational.


The liens are kind of old, and I no longer have the original notice or the notice of release when I finished paying things off. So I included copies of the relevant portions of my credit report showing the dates, amounts, and locations of the filed liens.


- Certified mail receipt says that the mail was delivered 5/7


It's been 4 weeks and I have heard nothing back. I repeatedly tried calling the phone number in Publication 4235, and got voice mail each time. Last week, 1 month after I mailed the paperwork, I called and left a voice mail asking for a call back. Nothing yet.


I have read elsewhere that some people have gotten a notice of withdrawal within 2 weeks of sending in their requests.


Right now my score is a 710 (EQ) and I cannot get any new credit cards. In addition to the 2 tax liens, I have a Chapter 7 bankruptcy that was discharged 1/04, 7+ years ago. I have been trying to do anything I can to build my credit report. Four years ago, I got a secured Orchard Bank card with a $300 CL which after 1 year was converted to an unsecured card. Last Fall, I was able to get a vehicle loan at a local credit union at 4.34%. That was after I was approved for an 7.99% loan at the dealer through Wells Fargo.