What is a wage garnishment, and how does it affect you? A wage garnishment is when the IRS imposes a percentage of your wages to be automatically withdrawn from your paycheck to pay off a tax debt. This automatic withdrawal on your wages can continue until the tax debt is fully paid off, including any interest or penalties that may have accrued. Wages from an employer is not the only place where the IRS can issue a wage garnishment on; the IRS can also place a wage garnishment on:
- Social Security Benefits
- Mutual Funds
The IRS can issue a wage garnishment for the majority of your paycheck — sometimes, in extreme cases, up to 85%. The percentage waged from your paycheck is calculated from a variety of categories applicable to your situation: if you are single or married, dependents or no dependents, filing status, and how often you are paid (weekly, biweekly, and so forth). The IRS does always send you a notice of a wage garnishment 30 days prior to issuing it — giving you time to find a resolution to prevent it from happening.
While the IRS does leave you with some wages to live off of, most often the amount they levy from your wages can create hardship. At Justice Tax, LLC, we specialize in assisting individuals with the release of a wage garnishment, back taxes owed, unfiled tax returns, and other forms of tax-related issues many can face. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to review your specific tax concern and help you formulate a plan with our services to resolve it. Give us a call at 888-545-6007 to speak with one of our experienced Senior Tax Consultants — we’re standing by to assist you.