If I am currently on federal probation and up to date on making restitution payments, can my bank account be levied or wages garnished? I noticed that my restitution has recently been converted to a federal tax lien even though I have not missed any payments on my restitution payments.
The answer is yes. Federal restitution can be confusing for most people, and there is not much information to explain it. Many people have large amounts of federal restitution that they are being ordered to pay and realistically they can never pay back. There is concern over the size of uncollected federal restitution, estimated to be at least $46 billion. Much of federal restitution is uncollectible due to the fact that the defendants are frequently indigent. The Mandatory Restitution Act of 1996 established procedures for determining the amount of restitution to which a victim may be entitled.
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