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March 12, 2010
What You Should Know About Tax Levies

In a BLR webinar presentation entitled ‘Payroll: How to Legally Handle Tax Levies and Garnishments’, Attorneys Clint Robison and Amy Jensen describe tax levies as deductions that result when an employee has some sort of state or federal liability or tax payments in arrears. Other general information about tax levies includes the following:

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  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is authorized to issue a federal tax levy on an employee’s wages in order to recover overdue and/or unpaid income taxes
  • Employers are required to comply with the IRS instructions and levy the employee’s wages
  • Employers do not have the option to contest a wage levy because they are merely an intermediary and the issue is between the taxpayer and the IRS
  • Federal tax levies take precedence over any other type of garnishment except child support

Clint Robison is a highly regarded employment attorney and partner in the Los Angeles Hinshaw & Culbertson Law Office. He provides counseling and litigation services to public and private companies. Clint Robinson can be reached at Amy Jensen is a senior employment attorney in the firm's Los Angeles Office, who provides counseling and litigation services to a variety of companies, including restaurants, retail, manufacturing, and financial companies. Amy Jensen can be reached at

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