It used to be that a tax lien, which can knock as much as 200 points off your score, stayed on your record for seven years. But now the feds will grant more taxpayers so-called lien withdrawals that scrub the lien blemishes from their credit report as soon as they pay the bill or enroll in an approved payment plan.
What's more, the IRS can no longer file a lien unless your unpaid taxes total more than $10,000 (up from $5,000).
Alas, the latter change didn't help Pacino or Scorsese: Their liens were for $188,000 and $2.85 million, respectively. Reps for both say they have paid their bills in full.