What is a Wage Garnishment?
A wage garnishment is when the IRS (or state) takes money from your paycheck to pay down a tax debt. The amount they take isn't determined by how much you make. Instead, the amount is determined by how much they decide to leave you each pay period. For example, if you're single, they'll take all of your paycheck except for about $300. It doesn't matter if you make $5,000 every paycheck or $10,000 every paycheck; the IRS will take all of your pay except for roughly $300.
How to Stop a Wage Garnishment
The only way to stop a wage garnishment is to have some sort of negotiated agreement in place with the IRS. Once an agreement is established, the IRS will notify the employer to stop garnishing wages. To expedite things, we typically have the IRS fax a release of wage garnishment to human resources so that it's removed as quickly as possible.