There are many ways to get relief from the IRS on such levies, including, a hardship claim (Form 911) and the Taxpayer Advocates Office as well the Collections Division. An offer in compromise is the last resort and takes a lot of time and has legal implications as well. You should search the IRS website for help or call an attorney that has this experience.
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The IRS, as well as some other government agencies, can garnish your Social Security benefits. However, you should probably post this question in the Tax Law area and have a tax lawyer shed some further light on the issue for you. Your friend will most likely need to get this settled with a tax lawyer rather than a social security one.
Best of luck to your friend!
Consider Filing for an Offer In Compromise with IRS. See enclosed link to get you proper information on how to proceed...sounds like your friend may qualify for such hardship exception.
My answer is not intended to be giving legal advice and this topic can be a complex area where the advice of a licensed attorney in your State should be obtained.
I will try to add to the tax law section for you.....
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An offer in compromise or a Chapter 7 bankruptcy may be viable options if the tax debt is over three years old.
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