Removing IRS Wage Garnishments

Of all the means the I.R.S. use to collect back taxes in Texas, one of the most common forms is Wage Garnishment or a Wage Levy. With this type of forced collection, the I.R.S. instructs the negligent taxpayer’s employer to withhold a certain amount of each paycheck to be put toward the tax debt. No matter how good a relationship you may have with your employer, the chances are good that they will obey the I.R.S.’s instructions; if they don’t , they will be held personally accountable for the amount that should have gone to the I.R.S. Wage Garnishment will continue until the tax amount has been collected, plus interest in penalties, or if you settle the entire tax amount in an alternate fashion.

Before setting Texas Wage Garnishment in motion, there is a process the I.R.S. must complete and certain requirements met. This is a highly legalized process, which if done incorrectly could mean that you may have grounds for a solid appeal for removal of I.R.S. Wage Garnishment. Until it is resolved, however, expect that your employer will continue to send them a percentage of your paycheck to make sure their company is not implicated.

Wage Garnishment is an extreme measure to forcibly collect taxes and is usually a last resort on the part of the I.R.S. Typically, they will put a Wage Levy into effect after repeated failed attempts to contact you and resolve the issue. It is much simpler for them to resolve the tax debt in another way, which may not even require you to pay off your back taxes in full. By approaching them first you may be able to arrange for an Offer in Compromise or a payment plan. Ignoring the problem will only compound it; don’t let the situation go so far that wage garnishment is required. If your wages are still insufficient to settle your debt,  the I.R.S. will not hesitate to start seizing physical assets, including motor vehicles and even your home.

There are a few ways to arrange for removal of an I.R.S. Wage Garnishment in Texas. One is to settle your debt with the I.R.S. outright, if you have the means to do so. The other is to prove financial hardship as a result of the levy, or potential financial hardship if they continue to take money from your paycheck.  You also have the right to appeal a Wage levy, which is recommended with the guidance of a tax professional. The last option is to remain passive and allow the I.R.S. to take what it needs from you until your debt is paid off, if you have the means to support yourself in the meantime.

These may seem like simple solutions, but they are difficult individual taxpayers to carry out without the help of an experienced tax professional. Texas Wage Garnishment is a potentially grave situation that can put you and everything you have at risk, usually the end-of-the-line measure the I.R.S. enacts after trying all other alternatives. By the time a Wage Levy is put into place, the I.R.S. will probably be skeptical about your desire to resolve your tax issues by working with them. By enlisting the assistance of a tax professional, you are communicating to the I.R.S. that you are actually dedicated to settling your debt. They in turn, will be much more positive about working with you than they might have been had you approached them on your own.

To arrange for a removal of Wage Garnishment, contact the Los Angeles Tax Attorney Network professionals to help you, so that you and your assets are protected.

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domestic_abuse_protection_washingtonWhen you have been charged with domestic violence (DV) in the state of Washington, it’s a serious crime and the repercussions need to be addressed. Though women are still more likely to be victims of domestic violence with 85 percent, take note that 15 percent of victims are men. Not all acts of domestic violence are reported to authorities, and not all reported cases are domestic violence, but if the 911 call is made and the courts get involved, the penalties can be severe with life-long consequences. A domestic violence order of protection is a civil order that provides protection from harm by a family or household member. These relationships include:

  • Spouses
  • Former Spouses
  • Biological Parents, Regardless of Marriage or Living Together
  • Adults Related By Blood or Marriage
  • Adults Residing Together Currently or in The Past
  • Persons 16 of Age or Older Presently Residing Together or Have Resided Together and Have Had a Dating Relationship
  • Persons 16 of Age or Older Who Has or Has Had a Dating Relationship
  • Persons Who Have a Biological or Legal Parent-Child Relationship, Including Stepparents and Stepchildren and Grandparents and Grandchildren.

One or more of the following things must occur to be considered DV:

  • Physical Harm
  • Bodily Injury
  • Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Making a Victim Fear Immediate Harm

The above list may include many types of abusive behaviors such as pushing, hitting, slapping, biting, choking and other methods of conduct that cause harm or puts the victim in fear of being hurt. TYPES OF PROTECTION ORDERS Although people commonly refer to all orders preventing contact as restraining orders, the type of order that is issued will depend upon who initiates the order as well as the relationship between the accuser and the accused. There are various types of protection orders for Washington State. The types of protection orders are as followed:

  • Domestic Violence Protection Order – issued as a civil remedy for a person who is claiming to be the victim of domestic violence. These types of orders are issued at the request of the alleged victim. An accusation of domestic violence can sometimes be enough evidence for a judge to issue a DV protection order.
  • No Contact Orders – can be issued as a condition of a criminal case. For example, if you are accused of assault, the court can issue a no contact order protecting the alleged victim, including children, and preventing you from making contact in person, through another person or through phone/email/social media.
  • Anti-Harassment Order – a civil order that can be issued as a remedy for a person claiming any type of harassment. Anti-harassment orders are commonly sought in neighbor disputes and other disputes that don’t involve a domestic relationship.
  • Restraining Order – temporary and permanent orders are normally filed as part of an existing family law case, such as a divorce proceeding or child custody case.

VIOLATION OF COURT PROTECTION ORDERS If you violate a court order in Washington it becomes a criminal offense. In a criminal trial, the prosecutor must prove that (1) an order was in place AND (2) the violator knew about the order AND (3) the violator engaged in any type of prohibited contact. The criminal penalties for a violation of an order will be considered a gross misdemeanor if the contact did not involve an assault and if the accused does not have two prior convictions for violating an order. This means that there will be a potential sentence of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. If the contact involved assault or the accused has two or more prior violation convictions, the offense will be raised to a Class C Felony. This means that there will be a maximum sentence of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Image Courtesy Wikimedia Creative Commons When a court order is violated in Washington State, the wishes of the alleged victim become irrelevant to the court. Even if the contact was consensual or initiated by the victim, it can still result in a criminal conviction. There is no law that prevents the victim from initiating contact with the defendant, but the defendant can face heavy penalties and jail time if they have contact with the victim, even at their request. If you are being accused of committing any crime against a person that fits under the domestic violence law, you should immediately contact a Washington State domestic violence attorney. It is definitely not in your best favor to attempt to represent yourself when facing serious charges against you that can mark you for life. You need to hire an experienced domestic violence lawyer that can protect you and your rights by representing you against the prosecutor’s office, and defending your case before the court.

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