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’re having tax problems
Category: Tax liens and levies
Negotiating a Tax Lien Withdrawal A federal tax lien withdrawal removes the Notice of Federal Tax Lien (NFTL) from the public records. You can request a tax lien withdrawal once you’ve paid off your tax debt or as part of your installment agreement negotiations.
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 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 »
To get a levy released, you’ll need to contact the IRS and give them an acceptable reason for releasing the levy. Generally, you can request a levy release if you’ve worked out a payment arrangement, are experiencing an economic hardship due to the levy, or the IRS failed to follow the correct procedures.
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.
When Will the IRS Levy Retirement Accounts? The IRS can levy the assets in a qualified retirement account, such as a 401(k) or an IRA. However, the IRS will only levy retirement funds as a last resort. They would rather levy other assets, such as a bank account. Before the IRS will levy a retirement… Read more »
Preventing a Tax Seizure 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… Read more »
What’s the difference between a federal tax lien and a Notice of Federal Tax Lien? There’s an important distinction between the federal tax lien and the Notice of Federal Tax Lien. The federal tax lien automatically applies to all of your property when you fail to pay taxes after a demand for payment. The Notice… Read more »