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Understanding an IRS Levy

Tax debt accumulates in a variety of ways, but when taxpayer actions, or in this case, inaction, results in a levy, one thing all taxpayers can agree on is that the result can be crippling.

To be clear, levies are not the same as liens. A lien is a claim used as security for the tax debt. A levy legally seizes and sells your property including houses, cars, boats, wages, retirement accounts and bank accounts to satisfy the tax debt, however wage and bank levies or most common.

A levy results only after a taxpayer has neglected to pay their tax and disregarded a “Notice and Demand for Payment” and the “Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing”. After receipt of the final levy notice, response must take place within 30 days. The levy will end if the levy is released, the tax debt is paid, or the time expires or legally collecting the tax.

To avoid a levy, it is important to pay taxes, remain in compliance with the IRS, or to respond to IRS notices promptly. People who have ignored their tax debt only to find themselves impacted by a levy quickly realize they are in over their heads. At this point, a safe choice is to contact tax professionals such as who are familiar with solutions to bring taxpayers into compliance to reverse the levy as quickly as possible.

Taxpayers have rights when it comes to tax levies. Finding an aggressive tax professional to fight for your rights with the IRS can be a time-saving and stress-reducing option.

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