It's possible that the IRS informed the bureaus for you, but since
they told you to do it yourself, you should make an effort to contact
each of the bureaus in order to ensure that the lien is removed. You
could take as long as you want to do this-- if the credit bureaus
haven't removed the item, you have the right to dispute an incorrect
item at any time. However, it is best to do this as soon as possible
to make sure your reports are correct in case you need them at some
point, for a loan or a mortgage.
There should not be any kind of notation in the credit report, unless
the lien is unpaid, in which case it will not be removed. It only
stays on the credit reports for seven years if it has been paid.
First, you should write letters or call each of the credit reporting
agencies and request that the lien be removed from your records. Sign
and date the letter, and include your full name, address, date of
birth, and social security number. If you have a copy of your report,
include it for their reference. Send it by certified mail, return
receipt requested, to ensure that they receive it. It's important
that this lien gets off your record.
Alternatively, you could call each agency, but this could be a
time-consuming process filled with long waits on hold. It is a
You'll have to send a letter to all three bureaus.
Here are their addresses:
P.O. Box 105873
Atlanta, GA. 30348
(800) 685-1111 or (770) 612-3200
For Georgia, Vermont or Massachusetts (800) 548-4548
For Maryland, (800) 233-7654
Web site address: www.equifax.com
P.O. Box 2104
Allen, Texas 75013-2104
Web site address: www.experian.com
Trans Union Corporation
Consumer Disclosure Center
P.O. Box 390
Springfield, PA. 19064-0390
Web site address: www.tuc.com
Then, you should obtain a copy of your credit report. You can do this
for free once a year from here:
If any of your credit reports from the three agencies still show the
lien, you can call them to dispute it or dispute the item online.
Experian Dispute Page
Trans Union Dispute Page
Equifax Dispute Page
Overall, you should be free and clear of the lien on your reports
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If you need any additional help or clarification, let me know and I'd
be glad to assist!