Chicago, IL asked in Tax Law and Social Security for Kentucky

Q: Can the IRS levy your SSI? I only recieve 735.00 a month & they took my whole 100.00 savings leaving my acct with zero.

I just found out the IRS took my 100.00 savings out of US BANK listed as a tax levy and it left me with only 56.00 dollars to live on for the rest of the month. I only get a total of 735.00 a month for SSI and now if they are taking money out of that i will not be able to even survive as i barely have enough each month as it is to live on. Also, if they are allowed to take this monthly, can i stop it somehow? Hardship? Bankruptcy? i am 58 and lost all my old records so i will have trouble even getting records to file for bankruptcy if i am able to. I am really worried about this. I dont own a car, house, nothing and have congestive heart failure, please help me figure out what i can do as this stress is not good for me. I live month to month and have zero assets.

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Matthew M Montoya
Matthew M Montoya
Answered
  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Lone Tree, CO

A: Contact a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic in your area. You can run a search by going to the Taxpayer Advocate Service website.

If your situation is accurate, the clinic should be able to help you.

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn
Answered
  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Englewood, CO

A: Yes they can garnish a portion of SSI. You should call them and ask about a payment plan. If you do nothing they'll just keep taking your stuff.

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