Ignoring a long-overdue tax debt can motivate the IRS to take extreme measures. If you fail to respond in some way to their efforts to collect an unpaid tax bill, they may get your attention by garnishing your wages. When the IRS enacts a wage garnishment, they plan to continually collect a portion of your paycheck each week until the debt is paid off, with no regard to how this loss will impact you financially.
How to Stop a Wage Levy
Pay Your Tax Debt in Full
Enter into an Installment Agreement
An installment agreement allows you to pay off your tax debt slowly by offering reasonable monthly payments to the IRS. We can negotiate an installment agreement and when the IRS accepts it, the wage garnishment will stop.
File an Offer in Compromise
An offer in compromise allows a taxpayer to resolve their debt by persuading the IRS to agree to accept less than the full amount owed. Not everyone qualifies for this option, but if financial difficulties are preventing you from paying your tax debt, you may qualify.
Have Your Debt Declared Currently Not Collectible
It’s appropriate to apply for this special status as a temporary solution if you’re living on a fixed income, unemployed, or suffering from an illness that prevents you from working. The IRS will refrain from attempts to collect their money while your debt is considered Currently Not Collectible.