Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Do you owe tax debt? IRS will Bank Levies - Wage Garnishments



There a good chance that you are reading this article because a taxing agency has either levied your bank account, garnished your wages.



Tax Levies and garnishments while effective, are not done with the intent to collect unpaid taxes in full. Rather, these methods are used as effective calls to action. A bank levy is accomplished by freezing the available funds in one’s bank account or accounts. After a waiting period (21 days for the IRS), the funds will be remitted to the taxing agency unless the taxpayer can (1) prove they do not owe the money, (2) prove they qualify for hardship status or (3) in some instances enter into an alternative agreement to pay. Keep in mind that upon levy, the money is tied up and is for all intents and purposes in the taxing agency’s “court”. We say, “whoever has the money…wins”. Simply asking for the money back rarely works. A bank levy is a one-time occurrence but new levies can recur indefinitely.

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