Wage Garnishment

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If you owe back taxes to the IRS, they will eventually begin to take more aggressive actions to collect the amounts you owe. One of the collection tactics the IRS can employ is the issuance of a Wage Garnishment.

When the IRS imposes a garnishment, it means, literally, that they take money out of every paycheck.

This action often seriously jeopardizes an individual’s lifestyle and making it impossible to maintain the same standard of living.

Once the IRS notifies a taxpayer that they are imposing a wage garnishment, it means they can notify the taxpayer’s employer.

As a result, the employer will then be required to send a significant portion of each of the taxpayer’s paychecks directly to the IRS.

How much is sent to the IRS? The dollar amount depends on the taxpayer’s filing status, the number of exemptions claimed and how often the taxpayer gets paid.

What if the taxpayer does nothing? The IRS will continue to garnish their wages until the back tax debt is paid in full.



IRS wage garnishment will happen after they sent you three notices for full payment.

The next notice after these will be the Final Notice of Intent to Levy.

This is a way for the IRS to take collection action and enforce a wage levy if they feel that you have been ignoring your tax liabilities.

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