IRS taps Avineon to facilitate lien dissemination

The Internal Revenue Service has awarded Avineon, a provider of information technology, geospatial and program management services, a contract to develop a prototype electronic system for filing and disseminating federal tax lien notices.

Avineon said it will help develop and support a system design for Electronic Lien (E-Lien) software. The new system will streamline processes, reducing costs and time while increasing efficiency, the company said.

The company will also design an E-Lien system capable of sending liens electronically, receiving confirmation and interfacing with the IRS’ Integrated Financial System.

The IRS files more than 1 million lien documents annually with about 4,000 federal, state and local recording offices. They typically require extensive paperwork because of a lack of minimal standardization. Myriad local statutory requirements force the IRS to adapt to state and local requirements that are burdensome, time-consuming and expensive to manage. Although the IRS’ current Automated Lien System generates lien notices electronically, the document recorded with the local recording official remains in paper form.

“A fully electronic system that eliminates paper documents will reduce costs for both the IRS and state and local offices,” George Crump, E-Lien project manager at the IRS, said in a statement.

This is Avineon’s first win under the company’s Treasury Information Processing Support Services-3 contract to provide information systems to the Treasury Department and its bureaus. The company won the TIPSS-3 contract administered by the IRS in October 2005.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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