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IRS Tax Levies

Posted by Kamyar Mehdiyoun, Esq. | May 05, 2023

State & IRS liens, levies and seizures are some of the strongest collection tools at the disposal of the government. For example, if you owe back taxes to the IRS, a tax lien automatically attaches to your personal property. This statutory tax lien is also called a “secret lien” since only the taxpayer and the IRS are aware of its existence. The IRS then sends you a tax bill, which if not paid within 30 days allows the IRS to make the lien public by filing a notice in the public records. The filing of the Notice of Federal Tax Lien would severely damage your credit record which in turn would result in further financial hardship.

If after filing the Notice of Federal Tax Lien you still don't pay the tax bill, the IRS would remind you again of your tax debt and then will proceed to seize your property by initiating the tax levy process. By law, the IRS has the power to take your personal and real property. Your bank accounts may be seized (also known as bank levy) and your wages may be garnished.

If you have recently received a tax notice or tax bills from the IRS or from your state taxing agency, do not ignore them. These letters are only the first steps in the tax collection process, which may result in tax liens, tax levies (including a bank levy) and wage garnishments. We can assist you in responding to the IRS and state taxing authorities and preventing them from pursuing aggressive collection actions. If a lien has already been filed or the IRS is in the process of levying your property, we will work with you to obtain the release and removal of the lien or the levy.  Early intervention by an experienced tax counsel is critical to preventing damage to your credit score and securing a favorable solution to your dispute with the IRS and state taxing agencies.

Contact Kamyar Mehdiyoun's IRS tax debt relief law firm in Rockville, Maryland to learn how we can assist you in removing state and IRS tax liens, tax levies and tax seizures.

About the Author

Kamyar Mehdiyoun, Esq.

Kamyar Mehdiyoun, holds a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and focuses his practice on tax law. In 2003, he received the Award for Excellence in Tax Practice and Procedure from Georgetown. He also holds a Certificate in Employee Be...

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