If the IRS has placed a levy or attachment on your bank account, there are a few steps you may be able to take to get it released.
Contact the IRS
The first step is to contact the IRS and find out why the levy was placed on your account. You can call the phone number on the levy notice or visit your local IRS office. You'll need to provide your name, Social Security number, and the tax period for which the levy was issued.
Request a Release
If you can demonstrate that the levy is causing you undue financial hardship, you may be able to request a release of the levy. You'll need to provide documentation that shows the levy is preventing you from meeting basic living expenses, such as rent, mortgage, utilities, or medical expenses. You can also request a release if you've paid the tax debt in full or if the levy was issued in error.
Negotiate a Payment Plan
If you owe a tax debt, you may be able to negotiate a payment plan with the IRS to pay off the debt over time. If you enter into an approved payment plan, the IRS may release the levy.
Seek Professional Help
If you're having difficulty getting the levy released, you may want to seek professional help from a tax professional or attorney who has experience dealing with the IRS. In many cases, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case filing may be the best option, because the filing of the case imposes an automatic stay order from the US Bankruptcy Court on the IRS and forces them into a payment plan that can stretch out up to 60 months. It's important to act quickly to get the levy released, as the longer it remains in place, the more it can impact your finances.
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