Today TaxMama hears from Angela in Chicago, Illinois, who needs help. “I have just gotten notice from my job of my wages being garnished. I did not get any notice of it before it happened. And they’ve already started deducting the money from my wages. It there any way to possibly reduce the amount?
There is. Call up IRS and set up a payment plan to pay off the taxes you owe.
Shame on you for letting things get to the point that your wages are attached.
IRS does not start garnishing people’s wages until they have tried and tried to reach you with a whole series of letters, even certified letters, that you have ignored.
And if you haven’t been getting their letters…uh, when was the last time you gave IRS your current address?
Now that they have your attention, to get the wage levy released, you will have to arrange to have IRS deduct the money from your bank account automatically via an installment agreement. So, make sure there’s always enough money in the account.
Once IRS agrees to do that, be sure to get copies of their levy/garnishment release for your payroll department.
If you want IRS to do it quickly, get the fax number and contact name of the person in your payroll department to whom IRS should fax the release – and provide it to IRS during your phone
call. You’ll be amazed at how helpful IRS can be if you simply stop ignoring them.
The only trick is – you’ll need to be able to get through on those phone lines and they can be pretty busy. So don’t call on Monday. Wait until Tuesday.
Take better care of yourself!
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