tax lien(redirected from Tax liens)
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(1) A statutory claim on specific real property for ad valorem or other property taxes; the lien is automatic and nothing regarding a particular property needs to be filed.The tax lien has priority over all other liens—even a mortgage filed before the taxes became due.(2) A claim on all real property of a taxpayer within a certain geographical area, usually a county or parish, because of unpaid federal or state taxes. The lien attaches when the lien documents are filed with the local recording office,and not before.Even though an IRS lien does not take priority over a prior-recorded mortgage,a mortgage lender who fails to give proper foreclosure notice to the IRS may find the property still subject to the lien,even after foreclosure.