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The IRS Levy

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Alisson Ward

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The IRS Levy

Understanding the Power of Property Seizure to Settle Tax Debt

Dealing with tax debt can be a daunting experience, especially when the IRS resorts to powerful collection actions like a levy. An IRS levy grants the government the authority to legally seize your property to satisfy unpaid tax obligations. From wage garnishment to bank account seizures and property confiscation, a levy can significantly impact your financial stability. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the world of IRS levies, exploring how they work, their potential consequences, and how Priority Tax Relief can be your ally in protecting your hard-earned assets.

Understanding the IRS Levy: How it Works

An IRS levy is a powerful tool that allows the government to take specific actions to collect unpaid tax debt. Here’s what you need to know about IRS levies:

  • Types of Property Seizure: An IRS levy can lead to the seizure and sale of various assets to satisfy tax debt. These can include:
    • Wage Garnishment: The IRS can garnish a portion of your wages or salary to collect the outstanding tax amount.
    • Bank Account Levy: The IRS can seize funds in your bank or financial account to settle the tax debt.
    • Vehicle Seizure: The IRS can take possession of and sell your vehicle(s) to pay off the tax liability.
    • Real Estate Seizure: The IRS can place a levy on your real estate property and proceed with its sale.
  • Notice of Intent to Levy: Before initiating a levy, the IRS is required to send you a Notice of Intent to Levy. This notice provides you with important information, including your right to appeal the levy and request a Collection Due Process (CDP) hearing.
  • Collection Alternatives: The IRS may offer collection alternatives to a levy, such as an installment agreement or an offer in compromise, to help you resolve your tax debt without resorting to asset seizure.

How Priority Tax Relief Can Protect Your Assets

At Priority Tax Relief, we understand the stress and anxiety that come with the threat of an IRS levy. Our experienced team is here to help protect your assets and find a viable resolution to your tax debt. Here’s how we can assist you:

  • Immediate Action: If you receive a Notice of Intent to Levy, don’t delay seeking assistance. Our team will act swiftly to address the situation and explore available options to prevent or lift the levy.
  • Negotiation with the IRS: We will engage directly with the IRS on your behalf, negotiating a suitable resolution that aligns with your financial capabilities.
  • Levy Release: If your property is already subject to a levy, we will work diligently to secure a levy release and retrieve your assets.
  • Appeals and CDP Hearings: If necessary, we can represent you in appealing the levy and requesting a Collection Due Process hearing to present your case before an independent IRS appeals officer.

Consequences of an IRS Levy: Know Your Rights

While an IRS levy can be intimidating, it’s crucial to know your rights and the protections available to you:

  • Exempt Amounts: Certain assets and income sources may be exempt from levy, such as public assistance benefits, child support payments, and minimum wage earnings.
  • Hardship Release: In cases of extreme financial hardship, the IRS may grant a hardship release, temporarily halting the levy.
  • Appealing the Levy: You have the right to appeal the levy action within 30 days of receiving the Notice of Intent to Levy. This allows you to present your case and explore alternative solutions.


An IRS levy can have significant ramifications on your financial well-being, affecting your assets and peace of mind. When facing the threat of a levy, seek professional assistance from Priority Tax Relief. Our dedicated team will work tirelessly to protect your assets and find a favorable resolution to your tax debt. Don’t let the fear of a levy paralyze you; take control of your tax situation today with the support of Priority Tax Relief.

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