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State of Michigan Tax Notifications

If you are receiving tax notifications from the State of Michigan demanding that you pay your delinquent taxes immediately or your property will be seized, there’s little time to act. These notifications may actually come as a surprise and leave you feeling lost about what actions to take to remedy this situation. Unlike the IRS, state tax collectors do not have an extensive list of tax notifications that they are required to send before seizing your assets.

Two State of Michigan tax notifications in particular require immediate action: the final demand letter and the lien letter.

  • The final demand letter, or final bill for taxes due, is the taxpayer’s last reminder that they owe money to the state and that, if immediate payment is not made, the state will file a lien against the taxpayer.
  • A lien letter informs the taxpayer that a lien, or legal case announcing the state’s claim to their property for the purpose of paying off the debt, has been filed.

Once a lien is filed, not only is the State of Michigan set to legally place levies against your property, wages, and bank accounts but your creditors will also be informed of your outstanding debt. A filed lien can significantly reduce your credit rating.

If you have received either of these tax notification letters, contact us immediately. We can schedule a free consultation to review your unpaid taxes and begin preparing a payment plan, offer in compromise, or other tax relief solution.

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Frequently Asked Questions
About State of Michigan Tax Notifications (FAQ)

What is an IRS Notification letter?
There are many different types of IRS notices, such as the dreaded “Audit notice” ordering you to appear in front of an IRS auditor and explain or prove all of your deductions.  Another type of notice may be a threatening letters demanding payment of unpaid back taxes.  Another type might be a notice of penalty assessment.  Finally if you continue to ignore the IRS they may send a notice of levy or tax lien notice. They also could summons you to appear and produce documents and give testimony.
What does it mean when the IRS send you a letter?
If the IRS sends a letter it usually is not good, it may mean you owe them money and it hasn’t been paid yet or something worse.  If the letter is delivered via certified mail it is very important that it not get ignored.
Can the IRS put me in jail?
Yes, the IRS can charge you criminally for failing to pay your taxes, or tax evasion.  Many high profile people have been charge criminally, Wesley Snipes the famous actor, was convicted and sentenced to 3 years of prison for failure to file tax returns and filing fraudulent tax returns.  Leona Helmsley the billionaire and famous hotel owner, also named the “Queen of Mean”, was sentenced to 19 months for tax evasion.  She billed her company for personal expenses totaling $8 million of remodeling her vacation home, and tried to deduct on her personal tax returns.
How do you know if the IRS is calling you?
The IRS will not call you without first sending you a letter.
What does it mean when the IRS asks for additional information?
If they ask for more information it could mean they want you to prove something such as a deduction.  Or it may mean they are gathering records to use against you.  That is why it is important you have representation from a tax professional when the IRS starts requesting documents to best protect your rights.
Will the IRS catch my mistake?
The IRS has many different tools to review a tax return, and if you made a mistake more likely than not, they will probably catch it.
How long does it take the IRS to send out a letter?
If you file a tax return without full payment you can usually expect a letter within 30 days. If you ignore IRS letters, the situation will usually get worse before it gets better.

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