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If you actually filed a tax return for 1989, then the statute of limitations has passed and you will not be held liable for the excess tax.
However, if no return was filed, they could come back still this many years later and assess the tax.
Both tax agencies filed liens in 1994 for taxes in excess of 150,000 including penalties. I was unaware of the liens until after the statue to file had passed. The problem was that they would not accept an amended return to reflect the correct tax for 1989 and the IRS just released thier lien a few years ago. Will California do the same?
There's a 20 year statute to collect tax once it's assessed
So, if it has been 20 years since they first assessed that tax, then they can no longer collect
So California filed the lien in 1994. The statute will be up on in 2014 on the same date?
Yes, that is correct
Is there anything I need to do to have them release the lien?
No, they should do so automatically. IF they don't you would contact them and let them know that the 20 year statute has ran
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