The original amount of the lien is a matter of public record,
available in the courthouse of the county where the lien was taken.
However, this is not what you are looking for.
To find out the current value of the lien, you may call 1-800-829-1040
to request an updated lien payoff amount. You can also go to your
local IRS office to request the same thing.
However, there are no web-sites that provide this information.
askdavid-ga is quite correct in stating that the IRS is very serious
I called the help line and found this out:
The IRS is unable to provide confidential information to a third party
without a signed written letter of permission, particularly IRS form
2848, available by calling 1-800-829-3676 or at the URL below. The
form 2848 is a Power Of Attorney form, and gives you the legal right
to act in place of another person. Once that form is on file with the
IRS, then you can get the payoff information you seek.
To get this information, I called the 800 number above, and hit the
following set of options to get to a human:
I used 999-99-9999 to get past the SSN block.
I then asked the human what the process was to obtain the payoff for a
third party. She transferred me around to a new voice mail system,
and the recording there provided the information above.
I hope this answers your question sufficiently, and I wish you the
best of luck getting your information.
"lien payoff" at irs.gov
"tax lien balance" at irs.gov
Form 2848, Power Of Attorney
Directions for Form 2848
The IRS Collection Process, Publication 594
Tax Topics 201 - The Collection Process
Request for Answer Clarification by
28 Jun 2002 08:09 PDT
Thanks for the answer. You gave some good information, but not exactly
what I wanted. I expected when I put out the question that somewhere I
ought to be able to find out the current balance on the IRS lien since
the lien was already public because it was recorded in a public
office. I won't be able to get the consent of the taxpayer that you
described because he is now deceased. Also, I won't be able to get the
cooperation of the estate representative.
I am a creditor of the estate and I want to find out how much is
outstanding on the lien to see if I will be able to get anything from
the estate. IRS is ahead of my claim because it recorded earlier and
recorded before some of the other creditors. I want to find out if it
worthwhile for me or others to pursue a claim against the estate, and
will depend on the current balance of the lien.
Is there a way for a CREDITOR to get information about the balance,
since (1) the lien is already public and (2) there is a business
wanting the information?
You gave a lot of good information in your answer, but it just seems
that there should be an exception to the privacy rule under these
Thanks for your help.