- March 08, 2002
- All Issuing Offices
- Obtaining Information on Federal Tax Liens
As part of its continuing effort to ensure the privacy of taxpayers' information, the Internal Revenue Service is attempting to standardize the paperwork needed to obtain payoff and other information relating to federal tax liens. A third party (such as title companies or agents) wishing to obtain such information must provide a copy of Form 8821 signed by the taxpayer to the IRS prior to the release of any information. Use of the form will give you a starting place for discussions with the IRS, as they will release no taxpayer information without authorization from the taxpayer.
You may obtain a copy of the form from the IRS web page at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8821.pdf .
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