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Department of Taxation and Finance

Tax warrants and liens

A tax warrant is a legal action against you and creates a lien against your real and personal property.

What happens

  • The warrant is a public record stating that you owe taxes to New York State.
  • We have the right to collect your debt through a levy, income execution, and seizure and sale of property.
  • The warrant is filed with your local county clerk's office and the New York State Department of State.

What to do next 

Pay your bill in full

Once you pay your bill in full:

  • we will notify the Department of State and the County Clerk that the tax warrant is satisfied, and
  • they will remove the lien against your property.

Where to find answers

Warrants and liens other than those for child support

  • Call the number on the notice you received.
  • If you do not have your notice, call 518-457-5893.

Child support warrants and liens

  • Call 518-485-6820.
  • Write to:

    ALBANY NY 12227-5350

How to search for warrants and liens

Visit NYS Department of State Warrants and Child Support Enforcement Warrants.

What warrants and liens affect

Selling property

If there's a lien on property you want to sell, you must pay the debt in full with guaranteed funds. We can then issue a Notice of Pending Warrant Satisfaction. Most title companies accept this as proof the lien will be removed.

Filing for bankruptcy

We stop collection against people who file for bankruptcy. You may continue to receive statements of your tax liabilities. If you have questions about how your bankruptcy affects the tax warrant call 518- 457-3160.

Credit reports

We don't report tax warrants to credit reporting agencies. However, warrants are a matter of public record. If you believe incorrect information is on a credit report, you may dispute it with the credit reporting agencies. The major credit bureaus are:

What your rights are

It is important for you to understand your rights as a taxpayer during the collection process. We encourage questions at any time. You may call the number provided in your notice.

You may have someone represent you

Most taxpayers resolve their differences with us on their own. If you prefer to authorize someone such as a tax preparer or family member to work with us, they will need to file the appropriate form. See Power of attorney and other authorizations to find the appropriate form.