Independent contractors and self-employed taxpayers may not have to worry about wage garnishments, but that doesn’t mean they entirely free from IRS collection actions. The IRS has many other collection powers at its disposal, so you’re better off resolving your tax problems through negotiation or a settlement.
Category: Back Taxes
The IRS generally only levies retirement account funds when there are no other alternatives. If you don’t have other valuable assets and have failed to cooperate with the IRS, it’s possible that the money in your retirement account will be seized. However, there are many ways to avoid a retirement account levy, and there are… Read more »
If you and your spouse have filed jointly, the IRS can issue wage garnishment onto both you and your spouse. Generally, the IRS policy is to garnish the wages of the higher earning spouse, but they may deviate from this rule if you’ve flagrantly refused to pay your tax debt.
Owing money to the IRS can be overwhelmingly stressful and if you don’t know how to navigate through a negotiation with the IRS, you could potentially dig yourself into a deeper financial hole. There are several factors that will influence how long it takes to pay off your tax debt, such as the amount of… Read more »
What is a Notice of Intent to Offset? If you receive a Notice of Intent to Offset, your tax refund is going to be seized and put towards debt you owe to the IRS or another government agency. As part of the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), your tax refund checks are matched against any outstanding… Read more »
How to Stop an IRS Levy When the IRS is about to levy your assets, you should look for any possible opportunities to stop or delay the tax levy. Once the levy happens, it’s very difficult to get that property back, but there are several ways to stop a levy before it takes place.
IRS Levy Procedures The IRS must follow certain procedures before seizing your property. Typically, that process goes something like this: You receive a notice stating that tax has been assessed and asking you to pay it. You don’t pay or resolve the matter by the deadline. A Final Notice of Intent to Levy is sent… Read more »
IRS Seizures – What They Can’t Take The IRS can seize many different types of property, including bank accounts, wages, and retirement accounts. However, some items are specifically exempt from IRS seizure under federal law.
What 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.
If you refuse, ignore or fail to pay your federal income taxes, the Internal Revenue Service has the legal right to seize your property. Property levies are the most severe action taken by the IRS. In case you are behind on the tax debt, you should understand how tax seizures work and how you can… Read more »