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Hello again Passport,
The 10 year statute of limitations actually starts on the date that the taxes were last assessed. That may not be the same as the year the taxes actually relate to or the year the liens were put in place.
In other words, let's just say for example that you filed a tax return for 1998 and that return was audited a year later in 1999 and the IRS found that additional taxes were due. Once they completed their audit and made the final assessment of the taxes that were owed, that would be the date that starts the 10 year time limit.
So what you really need to find out from the IRS is the date when the final assessment of taxes was made.
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