When the IRS Sends You an Intent to Levy

The Internal Revenue Code requires the IRS to send an Intent to Levy letter before they are legally allowed to impose the levy. If you do receive that letter, here are the steps you should take:

Make Sure the Letter is an Intent to Levy

Letters from the IRS look very similar, and one letter can be mistaken for another. To determine if your letter is an Intent to Levy, look at the upper right hand corner of the letter. If you see either LT11 or LT 1058 as the letter identifier code, then you’ve received an Intent to Levy.

Find an IRS Tax Attorney

After you’ve identified the Intent to Levy, it’s best to speak to an IRS tax attorney as soon as possible. Explain your current situation as clearly as possible, and your tax attorney can help you identify the best course of action to prevent the levy from happening.

File an Appeal with the IRS

If you are running out of time, you may want to file an appeal with the IRS. You have 30 days from the date stated on the letter to file an appeal. Processing an appeal takes roughly three to five months, during which the IRS may not collect from you. This buys you more than enough time to negotiate lowering your tax debt.


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