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  • Wage Garnishment

    A levy that the IRS can issue against a taxpayer’s wages. When the IRS garnishes an individual’s wages, that person’s employer must pay a certain percentage of those wages directly to the IRS. The wage garnishment can be released only if the taxpayer completely pays off the debt, agrees to a payment plan or shows that the garnishment is causing an economic hardship. Wage garnishments usually collect a high percentage of an individual’s wages – sometimes 80 percent or more.