Virginia Beach, VA asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Collections and Tax Law for Virginia

Q: Can NYS DTF levy/seize an out of state bank account for the purpose of arrears?

I just moved and the account I had was completely drained dry. I planned on useing the funds for employment supplies such as the dress code for a new job, gas money to get to interviews, steel toe boots (PPE), etc. I have no issue with paying the arrears, but I can not live in fear of any accounts being drained to zero funds since I have day to day bills. I understand my income tax will be seized, and my wages will be garnished which I have no issue with as stated above. I only owe arrears, and no current or future support. I just need to know if I open a new account in my new state if I have to constantly fear of my debit card not working, or checks bouncing due to NYS DTF taking all the money out of my account like they have done in the past. I have spent hours researching this and have no answers. Any help and/or links you can provide would be a big help. Thank you.

1 Lawyer Answer
Gary D. Godman
Gary D. Godman
  • Stafford, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Not sure about NY law, but in VA, a levy on a bank account is a normal and legitimate way for an owed party to collect funds. Consider speaking with a local family law or debt protection attorney about your specific situation.

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