Topic: People First Initiative – liens and levies

People First Initiative: IRS suspends certain collection actions

On March 25, 2020, the IRS announced The People First Initiative to provide compliance relief to taxpayers experiencing COVID-19 related hardships. Part of that relief includes suspending most of its enforced collection actions.

· The IRS will suspend the issuance of any new Notices of Federal Tax Lien and levies initiated by field revenue officers beginning April 1, 2020 through July 15, 2020.

· The IRS is also suspending the issuance of new automated levies, and new systemic liens and levies during this period.

· The IRS will not automatically release existing levies.

· The IRS will consider requests to release levies if the levy is causing an economic hardship.

Please contact their assigned revenue officer to request the release of levy due to economic hardship. Taxpayers who are not working with an assigned revenue officer should call the number on the notice of levy. If a taxpayer is unable to get through, they should fax their information to (855) 796-4524. See the release of levy information on the IRS COVID-19 status page for details.

Note: Field revenue officers will continue to pursue high-income non-filers and perform other similar activities when warranted.

(IRS News Release – (TTT 04/28/2020)