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Q:  What are the effects of a filed tax lien?

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A filed tax lien encumbers all real and personal property used in the business and owned by the taxpayer and/or the business. The tax lien becomes public record. It also allows the Department to enforce collections of the debt.

Examples of enforced collections include:

  • Levy of bank accounts,
  • Garnishment of wages,
  • Seizure and sale of assets or real property to retire the debt, and
  • Revoking a business registration endorsement.
A filed tax lien will appear on a taxpayer's credit history for 7 - 10 years, even after the debt is paid in full. It also adds additional penalties, interest, and fees to the amounts outstanding.
More information
WAC 458-20-217
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