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Irvine IRS Tax Lien Lawyer

Has the IRS deducted part of your paycheck because of a tax lien or levy? Are you wondering why this is happening and what you can do to stop it?

At the Tax Litigation Law Offices of Scott Kauffman, located in Irvine, California, I bring over 20 years of legal tax experience to the table when helping clients who are seeking a levy release or want to remove an IRS lien on an existing bank account. I know how troubling this kind of issue can be and how much you need those funds from your paycheck to pay bills and other expenses, especially in this economy.

As a tax attorney committed to helping people and businesses resolve their tax problems quickly and efficiently, I encourage you to contact me today to schedule a consultation so we can start working together to end your tax problem. My practice revolves around reaching the best result at the lowest cost.

How Does a Tax Lien or Levy Occur?

The IRS usually implements a wage levy or bank levy, also known as a tax lien, because an employee has not claimed the proper exemptions on a Form W-4 or failed to execute this form in its entirety. In essence, you did not elect to have enough taxes withdrawn from your income and therefore now owe back taxes and have accumulated a tax debt.

An IRS wage levy is just like having your wages garnished. The IRS will withdraw a portion of your paycheck by contacting your employer and notifying them that part of your pay needs to be directed to them before any amount goes to you.

Another way the IRS may seek repayment of a tax debt is to place a bank levy on any account in your name. This account is frozen because the IRS wants the right to withdraw funds first to pay off your tax debts before you can have access to any of the money. They may also seize any assets or property you own that is equal in value to your debt.

Releasing a Lien or Levy

Even though they are now taking a stricter stance on using these techniques, their goal is not to enforce these actions but rather to use these methods to spark compliance by taxpayers and make sure they correct their tax filing status and pay their outstanding tax balance owed.

If you are notified that your paycheck or bank account will be subject to a levy or lien by the IRS you should act quickly. Contact me so we can find out what the IRS requires to get the levy released and negotiate a payment arrangement to satisfy your debt.

As your lawyer, I will also help you take the following steps to ensure a levy or lien release:

  • Assist you in becoming tax compliant by making sure you file tax returns and pay taxes on time
  • Gather and provide the necessary financial documentation requested to make a collection determination
  • Negotiate a fair installment payment plan within agency guidelines
  • Request a partial discharge where we will allow one asset to be used to pay off the debt
  • Present an offer in compromise
  • Appeal the lien filed
  • Petition for financial hardship, if you qualify

Bank levies are harder to have released than wage levies, but I will work diligently in every situation to achieve the best result possible, including exploring any defense relevant to your circumstances.

This includes proving that you may have paid the debt before the levy notice was sent, showing you have filed for bankruptcy and have been granted an automatic stay, finding a procedural error, filing a claim for reimbursement if you were levied incorrectly, or finding that you were not given an opportunity to dispute the action.

No matter what type of lien or levy situation you are facing, I strongly recommend you contact me today to schedule a consultation to discuss your legal options and how I can help you execute them.