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The lien is only in place to secure the government's interest. If you no longer owe a debt to the government, the lien should be released.
So, yes - the lien will go away in 10 years. If it does not go away, you can file form 12277 which is an application for withdrawal of a tax lien.
That form is available, here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f12277.pdf
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I have not worked since 2002, when I was laid off and then was diagnosed with cancer. I sold company stock at a loss, which is why the IRS assumed I had capital gains. I was able to prove otherwise. But then the state of CT. said that they couldn't locate my filing from 2001 and they placed a lien on my home, also. I am on disability and have no way to pay this, plus I believe their information is incorrect. Does the same statute of limitations apply to state liens as well?