IRS Levy Release

Posted by Michael S. Anderson | May 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

IRS Levy Release

The IRS is adept at taking money from paychecks via wage garnishment and bank accounts for taxes owed the Government via bank levy. An employer is required to collect the majority of a taxpayer's check and forward it to the IRS if it has received a notice of wage garnishment. The amount taken from the paycheck is often 30% to 75% of the taxpayer's wages. Banks, if properly notified, must send the entire amount in your bank account 21 days after receipt of the collection notice.

These garnishments and levies do not stop until the tax is paid or until it is modified or released.

The levy or garnishment will occur if the tax has been assessed (entered into the books as a debt), the taxpayer has been sent a notice of the debt and demand for payment, he or she doesn't pay, and the taxpayer has received a final notice of the IRS intent to levy and a right to a hearing at least 30 days before the levy actually occurs and to the taxpayer's last known address.

The collection can be appealed via the collection due process appeal process on a number of bases:

  • No opportunity to dispute the underlying debt
  • Spousal defense
  • Alternate collection options
  • Statute of limitations expiration
  • The IRS assessed the debt and sent the levy notice while taxpayer in bankruptcy
  • The tax has been paid
  • Procedural assessment error exists

If the taxpayer misses the deadline to request a collection due process appeal hearing the IRS will still release the levy if:

It is important that you read our tax blog about levy and garnishment issues and then call to discuss your situation. If you have outstanding tax debt and/or are being levied or garnished, an Arizona Tax Attorney can help you stop it and deal with the debt.

There is one thing that people often ask a Mesa tax lawyer, and that is how to prevent a levy or a collection generally by the IRS when they know they owe, and they know the IRS is on the way.

About the Author

Michael S. Anderson

Michael Anderson has been representing Arizona clients with tax debt problems for two decades and has helped his clients eliminate millions of dollars in tax debt. His tax debt practice is limited to helping individuals and the self-employed who have serious IRS problems.


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