The IRS “What Ifs” for Struggling Taxpayers – Tax Related (C-5)


What if a levy on my wages is causing a hardship?


Contact the IRS at the telephone number on the levy or correspondence immediately and
explain your financial situation. Service is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time,
Monday through Friday. If the levy is creating an immediate economic hardship, the levy
may be released. A levy release does not mean you are exempt from paying the balance.


The IRS will work with you to establish payment plans or take other steps to help you
pay off the balance. To help ensure quick action, please have the fax number available for
the bank or employer office that is processing the levy. For more information, see  Levy .

(IRS Web Site Updated 03/28/22) (TTT 08/30/22)