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IRS Tax Rules and Wage Garnishment

Many people who make errors on their tax forms do not do so in order to evade paying their taxes. Filing tax returns can be a complicated and frustrating process for many people, which can lead to an error that in turn causes the IRS to take action against you. There are many forms that this can take, one of which is wage garnishment.

Wage garnishment is the automatic deduction of a portion of your salary that is used to pay off your debts to the IRS. Because a notice is sent to your employer, neither you nor your employer can refuse to have the wages withdrawn.


In order for the IRS to take action through wage garnishment, they only have to have met three requirements:

  1. The IRS must evaluate the taxes due and send a written letter notifying the taxpayer of the demand for payment.
  2. The person who received the notice must not have paid the amount in full by the required deadline
  3. Finally, they must send a Final Notice of Intent to Levy, along with a Levy Notice stating the taxpayer’s right to a hearing. This must be sent at least 30 days prior to the hearing.

If the IRS has met these stipulations, it is possible that you may have action taken against you in the form of wage garnishment.

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