Overcoming a Common IRS Collection Method
The IRS frequently uses wage garnishment as a way to collect taxes and penalties that are owed. A wage garnishment requires a taxpayer’s employer to withhold a portion of the taxpayer’s pay each period, and pay that portion over to the IRS rather than to the taxpayer. In most cases, the taxpayer is not left with enough money each month to pay ordinary living expenses. A wage garnishment will remain in effect until the taxes and penalties owed have been paid in full, or until a wage garnishment release has been issued.
It takes a strong, respected and experienced tax attorney to confront the IRS when it employs wage garnishment as a collection method. The Dallas wage garnishment defense attorneys at Brown, PC help people obtain garnishment releases or find alternative forms of relief. As soon as you receive a Notice of Intent from the IRS, call us.
Realizing the Seriousness of a Tax Wage Levy
Wage garnishment (also referred to as a wage levy) can be done without a court order. That is why it is critical to get legal representation when you receive the Notice of Intent. Though in theory the IRS garnishes money only from certain sources, in practice any funds in your bank account are susceptible, including:
- Social Security payments
- Payments from pensions
- Child support
The IRS is permitted to garnish a very high percentage of your wages, up to 60 percent if you are single and 50 percent if you are married and have dependent children. This can leave you struggling to pay bills and it has been known to force people into bankruptcy. When you come to Brown, PC, we will work toward a much more sustainable way for you to pay your debt such as an offer in compromise or an installment agreement.
Contact a Fort Worth Wage Levy Attorney
Has the IRS garnished (or threatened to garnish) your wages? The experienced tax lawyers at Brown, PC can help. Please call 888-870-0025 or contact our Texas-based law firm online for a free and confidential consultation. We represent taxpayers throughout the United States.