Steps for Removing a Tax Lien Filed in Error

Dear Experian,

I had a lien on my account from the state of South Carolina for payroll tax. I have a letter from them stating that the lien was filed in error, but it is still on my credit report. What can I do?


Dear DMW,

There are three things you should do to ensure the lien is deleted from your credit report.

First, you should contact the court or office where the lien was filed and make sure it has updated its records to show the lien as vacated or filed in error.

Second, obtain a copy of your personal credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies, if you haven't done so already. This will help you determine which of your credit reports the lien may still be appearing on.

Getting Your Free Credit Report

You can get your personal report free once every 12 months at You also can get a free report if you have adverse action taken, such as having an application declined. And, you can request a free Experian credit report any time.

You Can Dispute Information and Submit Documentation Online

Third, follow the instructions provided with your personal report to dispute the lien as filed in error. The quickest way to dispute information is online. You can also upload and submit documentation online to show the lien was filed in error.

If you choose to mail in your dispute, make copies of any documentation you have that shows the lien was filed in error and mail them to:

P.O. Box 9701
Allen, TX 75013

You should also provide your name, address, credit report number, Social Security number, and a clear, concise explanation that you are disputing the lien as filed in error.

Experian may also contact the source of the information with your dispute. The court or office should then instruct Experian to remove it. You should receive the results of the dispute within 30 to 45 days.

Thanks for asking.
- The "Ask Experian" team

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