I received a notice of levy from the IRS. (Form 8159 — Taxpayer’s Copy of Notice of Levy.)
In , they levied an account I was in the process of closing, and ended up with about five dollars. In they levied another bank account and emptied it out to the tune of about $4,350. This new levy is the first one since then.
They’re trying to get $1,385 and they’ll probably get it all, as I have more than that in this account.
This should effectively close out my delinquent taxes for , with them managing to seize all of what I didn’t pay in those years, plus interest and penalties. They don’t seem to be trying to chase me down for what I didn’t pay last year. I think this must be because I had to file a corrected return because they incorrectly modified the return I filed in — see The Picket Line for for details about that — and this corrected return is probably still making its way through the system.
The three accounts they’ve gone after are three accounts for which they would have gotten 1099 forms reporting interest in previous tax years. That’s no big surprise.
The total they’ve seized includes $4955 in delinquent taxes and $814 in interest and penalties. (This includes the seizure of a small, incorrectly refunded California state tax payment, if you’re wondering why these numbers don’t all add up right.)
What have I learned?
- that the IRS will come after accounts it learns about via 1099s
- that the amount of time that passes between levies varies, in the case of my three levies, from one month to six
- that once it’s started issuing levies the agency will try to keep going until it runs out of delinquent taxes to pursue or sources to levy, even if the amount being pursued falls to a fairly low level
- that if a corrected tax return is still being processed, even if the ultimate tax shown on the return is not being disputed, this may put the collection process on hold for that return
If you’re wondering why I’m bothering to resist taxes in this way, since the government has been effective at seizing the money with icing on top anyway, see The Picket Line for for an in-depth look at some of the reasoning behind this.