I acknowledge that I am an Oklahoma City resident who owes back taxes to the IRS. I understand that I need to pay these taxes, but I don’t have the money to do so. I am having trouble making ends meet on my income. Yet, the IRS went ahead and garnished my wages without my permission. Can they do that? What can I do?

While the IRS doesn’t need your permission to garnish your wages, the IRS also can’t simply decide one day that you owe taxes and that it is going to impose a wage garnishment. Instead, before proceeding to wage garnishment as way to collect a tax debt, the IRS must:

  • Contact you and notify you that you owe taxes.
  • Wait a certain amount of time (typically 30 days) for you to pay your tax bill.
  • Send you another notice of the agency’s intent to garnish your wages and advise you of your rights.
  • Wait another certain amount of time (again, typically 30 days) before garnishing your wages.

For these reasons, it is important to contact an experienced Oklahoma City tax lawyer as soon as you are contacted by the IRS. Your Oklahoma City tax attorney may be able to help you negotiate with the IRS and avoid a wage levy or wage garnishment.

For more information about your rights and your possible recovery, we encourage you to contact our experienced Oklahoma tax lawyers today for a FREE consultation about your rights by calling us at 800-721-7054. You can also learn more about your rights by reading our FREE book, The Ultimate Survival Guide for IRS Problems, which you can download from this website.