What Can the IRS Do to Collect Back Taxes?
By Jenna Boyce - January 3, 2022
Opening the mailbox and finding a letter from the IRS is frightening, but what happens next can be even scarier. The tax agency wields incredible power, and if they claim you owe additional taxes they have many different options for forcing you to pay.
When the IRS claims you owe additional money, they will act quickly, and that could leave you reeling, and trying hard to preserve the money you need to pay your bills, feed your family and keep a roof over your head. If you are employed, the IRS can reach into your paycheck, forcing the company you work for to withhold part of what you are owed until the tax debt has been satisfied.
The IRS can also hold onto any refunds and government payments you would otherwise be due. If you have been waiting for that big fat refund check to arrive, you could be waiting a long time if you owe money to the IRS.
As if all this were not frightening enough, the tax agency also has the power to levy your bank accounts, including the accounts you need to run your business and your life. Those bank account freezes could leave you without the cash you need, putting you in a real bind and forcing you to pay back what you owe.
Your home could even be at risk if you owe money to the IRS. The tax agency could, for instance, apply for a lien against not only your primary residence but any other real estate you own. The threat of this kind of action has compelled many taxpayers to cough up the money the agency says they owe, even if they think the IRS is wrong.
As you can see, the IRS has wide latitude and plenty of power, and the tax agency is often unwilling to settle for less than the government says you owe. If you disagree with the amount the IRS is asking for, or if you simply do not have the money to pay the bill, you need to act fast. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse, and you cannot simply pretend that you never pulled that fateful envelope out of your home mailbox.
If you are on the wrong end of a compliance action by the IRS, you cannot afford to leave anything to chance, and you certainly should not try to fight back on your own. The tax code is complex, and far more pages than the Bible, and like that holy book, many of the terms are arcane and difficult to understand.
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