Wage Garnishment Release

What is Wage Garnishment?

Wage garnishment is a way the IRS can obtain your wages and earnings through your employer. This is to satisfy a tax debt that you have not attempted to pay off. Similar to any other tax levy, the IRS obtains the right to your property. In this case, your paycheck in order to collect the debt you owe. For this method, your employer withholds a portion of your paycheck and sends that portion to the IRS to pay off your tax debt. Wage garnishment can affect your gross wages, salary, bonuses, commissions, retirement benefits. It and can even affect your disability, VA and social security benefits.


How Will I know If My Wages Are Being Garnished

The IRS will typically send you a number of notices. This is to let you know that you have a tax debt in need of being paid. If you do not attempt to pay off your debt in full or through an installment agreement, the IRS will then garnish your wages. The IRS will not notify you that your wages are being garnished. Instead, the IRS will directly issue a notification of garnishment to your employer. Then your employer will proceed to notify you that your wages are being garnished.

What is a Wage Garnishment Release?

A Wage Garnishment Release is just as the name presents. It is a way for the IRS to release your wages from garnishment. In order to obtain a Wage Garnishment Release, you must first request it from the IRS. There are three main reasons that the IRS will consider releasing your wages from being garnished:

In addition to those three main reasons, you may also be able to greatly reduce the amount of collections by amending or filing any missing or incorrect tax documents. Or by having a tax professional look at your taxes to see if any tax deductions have been missed.

Am I Eligible for a Wage Garnishment Release?

Although it can be difficult to be approved for a wage garnishment release as the IRS is not very lenient given that they usually send many warning notices before resorting to wage garnishment, it is not impossible. Wage garnishment is not usually ideal for the IRS as there are many rules and fees that come with it which make it more difficult to obtain the full balance of your tax debt. If you meet any of the above criteria and you are in full tax compliance, meaning that you have filed all required tax returns, you are likely eligible for Wage Garnishment Release.


To break it down, you may be able to release your wages from garnishment if:

Next Steps:

If you are in fear of your wages being garnished or have already received notice of garnishment from your employer, the best course of action is to speak with a tax professional who can evaluate your specific tax situation and advise you on how to best move forward. Give us a call today to discuss how you can avoid wage garnishment or how you can be released. See more of our tax resolution services.

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