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Your change of address generally expires after 1yr, which may explain why you never received any notification of a tax due or a lien
The first thing you need to find out is WHAT the tax is that is causing this lien on your credit report.
is a good place to start
Unfortunately, getting the lien released is not what I call "user friendly"
You must contact the credit bureau agencies directly to modify or to remove a lien from your credit bureau report.
is a web site that lists all the counties, how to find out what the lien is for, and how to get it released once you have "settled" with the state of CA
I understand that this is alot of steps........AND frustration
I've been there.
You may want to find out what the lien is for, see if you can settle with CA for the tax due and explain that since you moved and all of this must have taken place after your change of address had expired, see if they will cut their interest and any penalties.
Another option would be to find an attorney that specializes in tax debt, but I'm not sure that the $ amount you owe is enough to justify the expense
The best news, of course, would be that you really don't owe the tax.
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Thanks for your help. I wrote letters to CA franchise tax board disputing my case. I also opened investigation with credit agencies but they came back negative i.e. they refused to remove the information from my report.