For most people, their paychecks from work are their financial lifeblood. Receiving such wages is often an essential part of a person’s ability to meet the various expenses they incur as a part of everyday life. Thus, one could imagine how alarming a person would find it if the amount of their wages that actually went to them suddenly dropped significantly. This situation is one that individuals who have a federal tax debt may find themselves in.
This is because wage garnishment is one of the tactics the Internal Revenue Service is allowed to use to collect back-due taxes a person owes. This tactic involves redirecting a person’s wages from work away from the person and towards the tax debt.
A person can feel very distressed following discovering that the IRS is garnishing their wages due to a tax debt. They may be worried that these wages being redirected away from them could seriously impact their ability to get by pay period to pay period.
Our firm understands the massive impacts IRS wage garnishment can have on a person and can help those who are the subject of such a garnishment try to negotiate with the IRS to get the garnishment lifted.
One situation in which the IRS may be particularly open to lifting a tax-debt-related wage garnishment is if it is shown that the person with the debt is facing a hardship as a result of the garnishment. Thus, evidence of hardship can be quite impactful in negotiations with the IRS regarding wage garnishment.
Collecting evidence on the issue of hardship is one of the things we can help our clients who are facing an IRS wage garnishment with.