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What happens if you have delinquent taxes?

If you or your business have suffered financial difficulties and have failed or been unable to pay your Michigan state taxes, you are likely to find yourself the subject of collection efforts by the Michigan Department of Treasury to obtain payment for those delinquent taxes.

While a notice of a tax lien or other collection efforts, such as levies, warrants or garnishments may seem threatening and very personal, in the end, the transaction is all about the state obtaining the payments for the tax debt. 

If you believe the demands are incorrect or if your finances simply may not allow satisfaction of those tax debts, you should speak with a tax attorney, who can examine your claim and help determine if the demand is valid.

If the demands are accurate, but you cannot pay the outstanding delinquent taxes, an attorney can help work with you in negotiating with the Department of Treasury, to develop a solution that will enable you or your business to remain functioning and prevent a warrant or garnishment from burdening your economic health to such a degree that you cannot remain solvent.

A solution that permits your business to remain open and capable of paying taxes is optimal and an attorney can assist in putting together a plan that both pays your taxes and keeps your business in business.

It is important in these matters to be active and not ignore these notices. Tax liens become public record and can affect your credit worthiness and instruments like a warrant are very serious and will allow the state to seize your business or assets to satisfy a tax debt.

Source: Michigan.gov, "Collections/Delinquent Accounts," website accessed July 2, 2015

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