What is the difference between a Wage Levy and a Wage Garnishment?

A Wage Levy and a Wage Garnishment are just two different words for the same thing.

A Wage Levy, also known as a Wage Garnishment, is when the IRS sends a Notice of Levy to your employer, telling them that you have a tax problem. The levy will identify for which year that you owe and how much you owe for that year.

The IRS is telling your employer that they are to withhold money from your wages and to remit or submit it to the IRS, effective on your next paycheck. This is one of the ways the IRS can get paid if the feel that you owe them money.

That is a Wage Levy or a Wage Garnishment. This is an active measure the IRS can take to get money from you. It is one of the enforced collection activities that they can undertake.

There is also something known as a Federal Tax Lien, which is not quite as active. A Federal Tax Lien is when the IRS publishes within your local county that they have put a lien on your property to let the world know that you owe the IRS money. If there is a lien attached to your property when it is sold, the IRS will get their money from the net proceeds.

A Wage Levy and Wage Garnishment are one and the same, and is when the IRS takes money from your wages for payment of monies in which they feel that you owe them.