Steps You Can Take to Stop IRS Wage Garnishments

IRS wage garnishment is not something that happens suddenly. It’s likely that you’ve already received multiple notices for months in advance of any garnishments. Regardless of why you’ve reached this point, there are steps you can take to stop IRS wage garnishments.

Make an Effort to Settle Your Debt

The IRS actually wants to make some sort of deal with most taxpayers in default rather than pursuing further action. If possible, make financial arrangements with the IRS to pay off your tax debt within a reasonable period of time.

Negotiate to Pay Less Than You Owe

If you have a substantial tax debt, you may have reached a point where paying it off anytime soon is unrealistic given your current financial situation. The solution here is attempting to make a deal with the IRS to pay less than what you owe. For this option, it’s best to work with a tax attorney due to the complexities of such negotiations – with results often including:

• A reduction in overall tax debt
• Arrangements for reasonable installment payments
• A break from collection efforts until your financial situation improves

The Internal Revenue Service typically takes from 15 to 25 percent of disposal income with garnishments, depending on how many dependents you have on file. If efforts to work out an agreement with the IRS on your own fail, a qualified attorney specializing in IRS matters can take steps on your behalf to stop garnishments.


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