Chester, PA asked in Tax Law for Ohio

Q: Had a tax lien fixed, but how do I stop receiving letters from third parties?

I didn't know I had to report zero sales on a transient vendors license and received notice of estimated taxes due. I called multiple times and was told multiple times it was fixed. Apparently a tax lien was put in place, but around the same time it finally got fixed and I received confirmation letters regarding the closure of every month of the transient vendors license. I only learned of the lein because I received a third party letter offering to reduce it. I called the attorny generals office, and they confirmed there was no longer a lein and it was fixed. However today I received nearly a dozen letters offering to help me pay this nonexistent lein. I'm worried the attorny general's office gave me wrong info, or failed to tell me what to do next, as when it was filed (prior to being fixed) it became public record. I even called one of the third parties and they had no record. But I'm receiving letters every day with delinquent taxes all over the front. What do I do?

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Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell
  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Burlington, CT

A: There are companies that send people out to town halls to compile lists of people with liens and then sell them to companies that offer to help you with your lien. The lists are usually compiled a month or two before they are sold. You are likely receiving letters from one of these companies. You should call your town hall and see if they can help you determine if the lien has been removed. Most of the town halls I have worked with are very helpful and will help you find the information online (if they are setup this way) or will help you find them in the books. If the lien has not been removed then you may need to seek assistance with your problem. Just stay away from the companies that are sending you letters. If the lien has been removed then in a few months the letters will hopefully stop.

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