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Common Confusion Series: What is a Levy

Common Confusion Series: What is a Levy

A levy is a legal seizure of your property to satisfy a tax debt. Levies are different from liens. A lien is a claim used as security for the tax debt, while a levy actually takes the property to satisfy the tax debt.

If you do not pay your taxes (or make arrangements to settle your debt), the IRS can and will seize and sell any type of real or personal property that you own or have an interest in. For instance,

  • IRS does often seize bank accounts
  • IRS could seize and sell property that you hold (such as your car, boat, or house), or
  • IRS could levy property that is yours but is held by someone else (such as your wages, retirement accounts, dividends, bank accounts, licenses, rental income, accounts receivables, the cash loan value of your life insurance, or commissions).

The IRS will release a levy under the following circumstances:

  1. The levy is proven to create an undue hardship/burden upon the taxpayer
  2. Payment of liability in full
  3. A payment arrangement (Installment Agreement) is established.

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