I have a tax debt -- I am not asking to eliminate it -- I expect to pay it if I ever get a job. What I am asking is how far can the IRS go before that? Can they take the chair I am sitting on? My laptop? The food off the table? I am afraid to use a bank because I don't know if they can take my money if I have any. If I get a job I will need to pay my bills and eat but can the IRS just take my salary even if I need the money to live? It is especially hard to be harassed by the IRS as an unemployed, single parent who lives day-to-day. Ironically the IRS is hassling me particularly because, they say, they don't know how I can get by on SO LITTLE and they don't believe it! Obviously I cannot afford a lawyer!!