What is Wage Garnishment? Can the IRS take my Paycheck?

YES!!  The IRS has the power to garnish wages or legally seize any income you make to satisfy federal tax debt or taxes you owed. First, wage garnishments can apply to your hourly wages, salary, commissions, and bonuses. Second, the IRS will contact your employer directly. The IRS will require your employer to directly send the IRS a portion of your income. In addition, your employer is required by law to comply with the IRS garnishment, typically within one full pay period of receiving the notice from the IRS.  Third, the IRS does not need to take you to court to get a judgment in order to garnish your wages like other creditors. Lastly, the IRS can garnish more of your wages than a regular creditor can garnish.

Thus, the paycheck that would have otherwise been paid to you, instead will now be paid to the IRS or State agency to settle the back taxes. Also, this wage garnishment stays in effect until the full balance is paid or until the IRS and /or State agree to release the garnishment.  By simply securing a temporary freeze on your further collection activity, we will have ample time to analyze your situation and determine the best options.

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