Can the IRS garnish your wages?

Asked over 3 years ago - Elk Grove, CA

The IRS hasbeen taking the refund from my tax return since 2009, does the IRS usually garnish your wages less than 1500. owed?

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  1. Steven Alan Fink

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . The IRS has the full power to seize your assets for past due amounts. This includes garnishing wages, levying on bank accounts, and taking your tax refund.

    The response given is not intended to create, nor does it create an ongoing duty to respond to questions. The... more
  2. Robert Jan Suhajda

    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . Taking you tax refund is not a garnishment but is an offset and is allowed. The IRS will garnish your wages if not paid. I don't know all of their policies and their policies change. You need to develop a plan to pay them because $1500 will become $1700 etc.

    Disclaimer of California Attorney. Laws differ from state to state. Although the above response is believed to be... more
  3. Shawn Regis Jackson

    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . Yes, indeed, the lovely IRS can pretty much do what it wants when you own money...and they have significant resources in locating any assets you may have and any employment you may be enjoying and any bank accounts that you possess. So, either call them to make arrangements to pay them or engage a tax attorney to assist you in the resolution of the matter...it will not get any better with time.

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  4. Henry Daniel Lively

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Yes, they can garnish your wages and often do to collect back taxes. Your best option is to talk with them and work out a payment plan or other option to prevent enforced collections.

    Any individual seeking legal advice for their own situation should retain their own legal counsel as this response... more

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