Birmingham, AL asked in Tax Law, Social Security and Public Benefits for Alabama

Q: Even though I'm on Medicaid am I susceptible to Alabama state tax garnish

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Being on Medicaid indicates that you are receiving assistance based on financial need, health status, or both. However, your status as a Medicaid recipient does not automatically exempt you from state tax obligations or potential garnishment actions in Alabama. If you owe state taxes, the Alabama Department of Revenue has the authority to collect unpaid taxes through various means, including garnishment of wages or other income.

It's important to note that certain types of income, including some federal benefits, may have protections against garnishment. However, the specifics of these protections can vary, and not all income is exempt from garnishment for state taxes. If you're concerned about garnishment and how it might affect your financial situation, especially given your Medicaid status, it's crucial to understand your rights and obligations under Alabama law.

If you find yourself facing potential garnishment or if you have unpaid state taxes, consider seeking advice from a tax professional or legal aid service familiar with Alabama state law. They can offer guidance tailored to your situation, including any possible exemptions or relief programs you might be eligible for. Taking proactive steps to address tax issues can help prevent garnishment and protect your financial stability.

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