If you have a tax liability and have made no effort to pay the amount due, the IRS can take actions to collect the amount due by levying your bank accounts, garnishing your wages or other income, or by taking other assets. The IRS does not need a court order to garnish your wages or take money from your bank account, although the IRS must give you advanced notice. There are limits to the amount of wages the IRS may take under a wage garnishment. However, even the seizure of 10% of a person’s wages may render that person unable to pay monthly rent and other expenses.
If you have had a lien placed on your assets or the IRS has garnished your wages, it is essential that you contact a tax attorney immediately to protect your rights and your assets. Tax lien appeals can be won on many grounds, even if the tax liability is legitimate. Additionally, there are options available to reduce the penalties assessed against you, settle your debt or create a payment plan.