The Federal Payment Levy Program

Clip art of a document with a percent sign, house, and bag of money overlaidWhat is the Federal Payment Levy Program (FPLP)?

The Federal Payment Levy Program (FPLP) gives the IRS the right to seize a portion of certain payments you receive from the government. If you are a federal employee, a government contractor, or receiving Social Security benefits, your payments could be offset under the FPLP. 

Payments Covered by the FPLP

Any of the following payments can be offset under the FPLP:

  • Federal employee salaries
  • Federal employee retirement annuities
  • Certain Social Security benefits
  • Railroad retirement benefits
  • Military retirement payments
  • Medicare provider and supplier payments
  • Federal payments made to you as a contractor or vendor doing business with the government

Only Social Security retirement and survivors’ benefits are subject to the FPLP, not disability benefits or Supplement Security Income.

How the Levy Works

FPLP levies are similar to wage garnishments in that they are continuous. The levy applies to every federal payment you receive until your balance is paid off.

Typically, the levy amount is 15% of each payment, regardless of the size of the payment. For government contractors, the offset can be 100% of the payment or the full amount of tax owed.

Before your federal payments are levied, you should typically receive a Collection Due Process (CDP) notice warning you about the coming levy and notifying you of your right to a hearing.

Avoiding the Levy

If you receive a CDP notice, you have 30 days to request a CDP hearing. This is your chance to avoid the levy before it happens, so call a tax attorney right away to figure out your tax resolution options.

You can avoid the FPLP levy in several ways:


However, you can’t get back money that has already been levied, even if you are experiencing an economic hardship. Take action before the 30-day waiting period expires to stop the levy before it starts.

If you receive a CDP notice or a letter notifying you that your federal payments have been seized, get help from an IRS tax attorney to avoid levies of your future federal payments.

Contact an Attorney

Get free tax advice from a Michigan tax lawyer by contacting Ayar Law at 248-262-3400 today.

Venar Ayar, Esq.

Venar Ayar, Esq.

Attorney-at-Law, Master of Laws in Taxation
Principal and founder, Ayar Law

Venar is an award-winning tax attorney ranked as a Top Lawyer in the field of Tax Law. Mr. Ayar has a Master of Laws in Taxation – the highest degree available in tax, held by only a small number of the country’s attorneys.