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Does Owing Money to the IRS Show Up in a Background Check?

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Owing money to Uncle Sam is never good, and in some cases it could show up when your employer runs a background check. Most states permit employers to check your credit report as part of the background check. If the Internal Revenue Service has filed a lien against your property because you owe money, your prospective employer will see that.

IRS Liens for Unpaid Taxes

You generally have to owe a substantial amount before the IRS will go through the trouble of placing a lien on your property. According to H&R Block, the debt has to be at least $10,000. So, while there are other consequences, such as interest and penalties, for not paying your taxes on time and in full, it takes a large tax debt to show up on your credit report.


Mark Kennan is a writer based in the Kansas City area, specializing in personal finance and business topics. He has been writing since 2009 and has been published by "Quicken," "TurboTax," and "The Motley Fool."

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