Wage garnishment is a one technique used by the IRS collections division to satisfy outstanding tax debt. This technique is generally used where the IRS has failed in other ways to get the taxpayer to come forward or make reasonable efforts to satisfy his tax debt.

Wage garnishment is the attachment or seizure or taking of your wages through a court-assisted process. This is not to say that where IRS obtains a court order to garnish your wages that all your wages will be taken from you, but to the extent that a portion of your wages can be used to satisfy your tax debt and leave you a reasonable living allowance, the remainder of the wages you would otherwise earn could be used to satify your debt to the IRS.

In certain cases, it may be unfair for the IRS to garnish your earnings, levy or seize your assets in the collection of debt. If you believe this is true and can substantiate why the garnishment, either proposed or already in process, would not be fair, you can appeal this process and often obtain relief.

As in all tax matters, taxpayers are advised to seek the advice of qualified tax professionals, licensed to represent them and help defend their rights against the IRS. Taxpayers can also seek the help of the Taxpayer Assistance Office – an independent division of the IRS designed to help protect taxpayer rights where the taxpayer cannot otherwise afford or obtain professional representation.