What Is an IRS Levy?

What is an IRS levy and how can you stop it? An IRS levy occurs when an asset is seized to pay off your tax debts to the IRS. This levy from the IRS is a legal seizure, and different from a lien in that it is an actual seizure, not just a claim.

The IRS levy can only take place under proper circumstances and process. The IRS must assess the tax you owe, which then must fall into default. If they send you a final notice of intent to levy, and a notify you of your right to an IRS levy hearing, they are able to proceed.

A levy from the IRS can be startling to receive, even if you know that you are in debt. It is important to get legal help from this point forward, if you have not already, to ensure that the levy from the IRS does not cause any more problems than it already has. Your lawyer can help you work the IRS.

If you are wondering how to stop an IRS levy, there are various ways to do so. You should be able to request a hearing with the office of appeals, and provide proof of payment if you have been able to address the debt. This has to happen within 30 days of the notice date of your levy from the IRS.

You can also file bankruptcy, which puts an automatic stay on the IRS levy, along with other collections efforts for additional debts.

How to stop an IRS levy if you do not actually owe them anything? You have to appeal, quickly, so getting help from a lawyer to prove your case will be beneficial.

A levy from the IRS is serious business, and is something you should not take lightly. The seizure of your assets means that your debt has reached levels that might be out of your control. If you can make the payment, you may need to do so, but bankruptcy may be your best choice depending on your individual situation.

If you are faced with a levy from the IRS, discuss all of the details with an experienced lawyer who can advise you on what to do next, and protect your rights and assets as much as possible.


This blog is intended as a general discussion of legal issues and not as a statement of fact, legal advice or a legal opinion. No attorney-client relationship is created by this blog. Do not act or rely upon law-related information in this communication without seeking the advice of an attorney licensed to practice in the relevant area.

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