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It’s a little confusing to tell when the IRS is about to seize assets because the second to last notice is also called Notice of Intent to Levy but it doesn’t advise you of your right to a hearing. This notice does not give the IRS the authority to take your assets like the last one.
Normally you will get a series of five notices from the IRS before seizure of assets can take place. Only the last notice
The good news, as mentioned above, is that normally the IRS sends you five letters (five for individuals and four for businesses) before actually seizing your assets. These notices are about five weeks apart so that you have at least four or five months to prepare for the final notice. You should not be surprised when the day comes for you to take action to prevent drastic consequences from IRS collection activity. Here are the collection letters the IRS mails to individuals:
- CP14 (Notice of unpaid taxes)
- CP501 (Reminder of unpaid taxes)
- CP503 (Second reminder of unpaid taxes)
- CP504 (Notice of Intent to Levy) May seize state tax refund by stated deadline.
- Letter 1058 or Letter 11 and other letters (Final Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Right to Appeal)
Three Action Steps To Take When You Receive the Final Notice of Intent To Levy:
- First of all, read the notice carefully. It should state “Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to Appeal”. If it only states “Notice of Intent to Levy” it is not the final one giving the IRS the authority to seize your assets. If the letter does not give you notice of your right to appeal this collection action by the IRS you still have one notice to go before a levy can take place. Another way to know whether the notice is the one that gives the IRS the right to levy your bank account or seize other assets is the designation of the notice found at the top right of the notice. The final notice is an LT11 or L1058 (and others as well). The one designated as CP504 is the second to last notice mentioned above. This one does not give the IRS the right to levy because it does not contain a notice of your right to appeal this action by the IRS.
- The next step you should take is notice the date when the IRS can actually take action to seize your assets. It is listed on the notice. Here is the language used and found around the middle, left side of the first page: (It isn’t in bold lettering which I have used to highlight the wording used.)We haven’t received a payment despite sending you several notices about your overdue taxes. The IRS may seize (levy) your property or your rights to property on or after April 1, 2017.
In this example you need to take action by April 1, 2017 or risk a levy action by the IRS. If you ignore this deadline you might be dismayed when you try to get money from your ATM and realize there is no money in your account. Or your employer might tell you that a significant portion of your paycheck has been garnished by the IRS. Fortunately, you can prevent this from happening to you.
- File an appeal. The third step to take when you receive this last Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing is to file an appeal. This will prevent the IRS from actually levying your assets and give you time to consider your options. By filing an appeal you take the file away from the Collections Division and place it in the hands of the Appeals Division and this will normally give you several months to resolve your situation.
IRS laws and regulations can be confusing and most people will not be able to figure out their rights and settlement options when negotiating with the IRS. By consulting with an experienced IRS tax resolution specialist you can usually resolve your tax liability in your best interest. An Tax Accountant like Mike McVay at McVay Business Services, experienced IRS tax resolution specialist in Pensacola, FL is your best choice. Mike McVay has 5-star reviews and his knowledge is unmatched in the experienced IRS tax resolution specialist area. will represent you before the IRS so that you do not have to have any contact with the IRS.
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