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What to Do If the IRS Garnishes Your Wages

What to Do If the IRS Garnishes Your Wages

By on Mar 11, 2016 in IRS | 0 comments

How to File Taxes If You’re UnemployedWhen it comes to notifying taxpayers that they have an outstanding balance, the IRS will always inform you by mail. So it is important to not disregard any mail addressed to you from the IRS. So the first thing you must do when it comes to wage garnishment is stay alert for any letters from the IRS! By doing this, you might be able to prevent garnishments altogether.

It Shouldn’t Be a Surprise

Most people who get their wages garnished don’t understand how or why it even happened in the first place. Chances are, if you owe the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax money, they’ll find a way to let you know. The primary source the IRS uses to communicate is by letter. They do not correspond by email, and the only time they will communicate by phone is if you call a representative.

Whatever You Do, Don’t Ignore the IRS!

Ignoring notices from the IRS is what many taxpayers do, and then wonder why their wages are being garnished. The IRS will not garnish a taxpayer’s wages without notifying them first which gives them a chance to resolve the issue.

Wage garnishment is the IRS last resort to collect what is owed to them. When it gets to this point, the IRS has the right to withdrawal the maximum amount that the government will allow. According to All Law, the federal government can seize 25% of your disposable income, or“the amount that your income exceeds 30 times the federal minimum wage, whichever is less.”


True, there are many imposters disguising themselves as legitimate IRS representatives. To get a better idea on how to avoid these scam artists, read How to Avoid IRS Phone Scams. You’ll be able to apply the tips given in this article toward dodging all types of scams.

What to Do If You Receive an IRS Letter

If you are currently getting your wages garnished, chances are you received an IRS bill title “Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing” or something like a levy against your employee, vendor, customer or other third party. Granted, most people may not know what a levy is, but that doesn’t mean that the IRS will excuse you for this. So if you have received anything in the mail that is remotely similar to this, please call the IRS to confirm two things:

  1. Make sure the letter is legit.
  2. If the letter is legit, take immediate steps to resolve the issue so that your wages aren’t garnished.

Option #3: Get Help!

In the unfortunate event that your wages are currently being garnished, there is a way for you to possibly alleviate such a big chunk of money being taken from your check. The qualified team at Success Tax Relief has over 50 years specializing in resolving tax issues for taxpayers just like you. Whether you are trying to prevent tax problems, or you feel like you are in over your head in tax debt, Success Tax Relief has successfully managed and resolved unique tax cases of all kinds, whether it was personal or business-related.

If you have received a letter from the IRS and need to talk to somebody to help prevent or reduce your wage garnishment, call us today at 877-825-1179 or contact us through our online form now.



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