Can a Federal income tax lien prevent the sale of real estate?

questionThe short answer is most probably not. Liens of all types must be paid by the seller when property changes hands. Real estate tax liens have priority over all others. First mortgages usually come next. Then come mechanic’s liens, second mortgages, water bills and other encumbrances. Federal and State income tax liens must get in line just like the others. A deed MUST be recorded before property can be pledged.

Of course, your situation might be different so it’s important to always consult appropriate legal, tax and expert advice and never rely fully on advice you find on this or any Internet site.

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Will Nesbitt

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Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia. Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey's Defense Language Institute. He is also a "veteran of the dotcom wars" and built most of the sites associated with Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late '90's, and Arthur's Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.