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Is there a statute of limitations on a Hawaii state tax li

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Is there a statute of limitations on a Hawaii state tax lien?

Lev :

Hi and welcome to Just Answer!
The statute of limitation on collection after the tax was properly assessed is 15 years.
This publication provides analysis as it related to the statute of limitation and tolling -

Customer: Does that include the state (Hawaii) tax lien?
Lev :

Yes - that covers situations when the state tax lien is registered. But if the levy procedure is started - the statute of limitation will only apply if the levy is not yet if effect.

Customer: Last question. If I enter into a payment program, will the state remove the lien?
Lev :

Most likely - the lien will be in effect and would not be removed.
The benefit of having the payment program in place would be that the lien will not be enforced.

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A tax lien is the government’s legal claim against your property when you neglect or fail to pay a tax debt. The lien protects the government’s interest in all your property, including real estate, personal property and financial assets.
So after registered - the lien will be in effect as long as the tax debt exists and not becomes noncollectable.

A levy actually takes the property to pay the tax debt. If you don’t pay or make arrangements to settle your tax debt, the taxing authorities can levy, seize and sell any type of real or personal property that you own or have an interest in.
Thus when you set an installment payment plan - and keep it current - the lien still will be in place - but having the payment program - you could prevent the levy.