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IRS Tax Lien Filed Against Cameron County Commissioner

In previous posts we have warned our Texas readers that the Internal Revenue Service is being increasingly vigilant in tax collection matters. Offshore accounts are no longer safe from IRS tax examiners. High-income taxpayers are being audited and when the IRS believes a mistake has been made, the fines and penalties begin their steady accumulation.

One of the tools in the IRS tax collection tool box is the tax lien. Recently it was reported that the IRS has filed a tax lien against a Cameron County Commissioner. According to public records the commissioner and his wife owe $821,206 in federal taxes, penalties and interest for the tax years of 2001 through 2006.

The commissioner is self-employed, which can be one of the red flags for an audit. The commissioner states that the amount that he and his wife owe is in dispute, and further that an accountant made errors.

At this point, the IRS appears to be working with the couple, although because the demand for payment was not met, the IRS responded with a notice. It states, "Therefore, there is a lien in favor of the United States on all property and rights to property belonging to this taxpayer for the amount of these taxes, and additional penalties, interest and costs that may accrue."

The type of property that the tax lien was placed upon was not mentioned, so it could be anything from real estate property to motor vehicles or other assets. The commissioner estimated that $150,000 is the combined amount from all of the tax years combined and that the remainder of the $812,206 is comprised of penalties and interest.

Source: The Brownsville Herald, "Agency files tax lien against Ernie Hernandez," Emma Perez-Trevino, Aug. 29, 2012

At our Dallas law firm we represent individuals and businesses that have been notified of IRS tax liens or levies.

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