August 9, 2013 | Tax Levy
Overview of IRS Tax Levy Issues
An IRS tax levy is a seizure of your property to pay a income tax debt owed. A tax levy is different than a income tax lien. A tax lien is similar to a mortgage on your property, and is used to make a claim against the property as a security interest. An IRS tax levy is used to actually take the property once a tax lien is placed on the property.
If you have outstanding tax bills, the IRS (or NYS Tax dept.) may try to seize your property (bank accounts, real property), etc. and sell that property to pay off the tax debt.
Types of property the IRS or NYS would try to Levy:
- Car, boat, or house (in some cases), or
- Wages, retirement accounts, dividends, bank accounts, rental income, accounts receivable from a business, the cash loan value of your life insurance, or commissions.
The IRS usually levies only after these three requirements are satisfied:
- A tax was assessed;
- The tax assessed remains unpaid; and
- A final notice of levy is mailed to the taxpayer. The notice is titled: Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to A Hearing (levy notice) at least 30 days before the levy.