How Can I Get a Transcript of a Federal Tax Lien?

When you fail to pay your federal tax bill, the Internal Revenue Service places a tax lien against your assets. This lien is a claim against your property, which can include your car, house and bank account. The tax lien will negatively affect your credit, so you must pay off the tax bill as soon as possible. If the IRS has placed a federal tax lien on your property, it is crucial that you know the details of the lien, which includes the tax, penalties and late fees. You can obtain of this information by requesting a tax account transcript.

Visit the IRS website at irs.gov and obtain Form 4560T.

Enter your name, Social Security number, address and address where you want the transcript sent.

Enter the number of the tax form that you used to file your income taxes, which is Form 1040EZ, 1040A or 1040. Refer to your previously filed income tax return to obtain the proper form number.

Check the box labeled "Account Transcript" and enter the years that you are requesting. The IRS only provides accounting transcripts for the current year and past three tax years.

Sign and date the form. Enter your daytime phone number in the corresponding field. If you are married, your spouse must also sign the form.

Refer to the second page of Form 4560T to determine where you should mail the request form.

Items you will need

  • Copy of your tax return


  • The IRS does not charge a fee for accounting transcripts.
  • You can also request an account transcript by calling the IRS at (800) 908-9946 or online using the IRS Order a Transcript tool.
  • To order an account transcript through the IRS website or over the phone, you must provide your Social Security number, date of birth, address and ZIP code.
  • The IRS generally processes transcript requests within 30 days.

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Angela M. Wheeland specializes in topics related to taxation, technology, gaming and criminal law. She has contributed to several websites and serves as the lead content editor for a construction-related website. Wheeland holds an Associate of Arts in accounting and criminal justice. She has owned and operated her own income tax-preparation business since 2006.