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The IRS garnished my paycheck

IRS often begins its collections efforts by levying taxpayer's wages (or paycheck garnishment). Wage levies are filed with your employer and remain in effect until the IRS notifies the employer that the wage levy has been released. Once a wage levy is filed with an employer, the employer is legally required to collect a large percentage (usually 30-70%, sometimes more) of the taxpayer's paycheck and send it to the IRS. The wage levy stays in effect until the IRS is fully paid or until the IRS agrees to release the levy. The law applies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories and possessions.

What can I do?

Represent yourself before the IRS or increase your chances of success with an experienced tax representative who can sometimes halt the collections activities or at least reduce the amount that the IRS taxes. Representation may include use of a tax attorney, certified public accountant, an enrolled agent or tax resolution specialist. There are a number of resources for locating these individuals including the National Association of Enrolled Agents.

Depending upon your individual circumstances, the representative may file an Offer in Compromise, arrange for an Installment Agreement, or have your account placed in "Currently Not Collectible" status. Any of these arrangements would allow you to proceed without any fear of the IRS.

Offer in Compromise form can be download from IRS.Gov.

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