by Brian Mahany
Celebrities and sports figures always seem to make the news. Unfortunately, not always for the right reasons. The IRS files over a million tax liens per year. Only a handful make the news. If you are popular Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxo Burress, your $98,064 federal tax lien is apparently newsworthy.
According to news reports, Burress was able to payoff his liens after being paid nearly $1 million to resign by the Steelers. Sports fans will probably also remember Burress for his prison stay after accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a New York night club. Unfortunately, celebrities are not much different from ordinary Americans when it comes to having tax problems.
Tax liens can affect your credit and may allow your creditors to call loans and mortgages. In most instances, a lien can be avoided by entering into a payment plan. Taxpayers are almost always entitled to a hearing before collection action is taken. The burden is on the taxpayer, however, to request such a hearing.
Ignoring the nonstop barrage of IRS notices that usually precedes a lien filing is not a good strategy.
Our tax lawyers have helped taxpayers all across the United States. We can assist with criminal investigations, audit defense, tax lien filings, lien withdrawals, lien releases, offers in compromise and collection due process hearings. Generally, we only accept cases where the claimed tax debt is $100,000 or more.
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