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Is your bank account garnishable if social security is your

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Is your bank account garnishable if social security is your only income?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

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If you owe IRS and you have assets in bank, IRS can garnish it. IRS can even garnish up to 15% of your social security income. If you cannot pay your debt you need to contact IRS to make payments arrangement, set up a payment plan or file offer in compromise. That's the only way to let IRS know that you are experiencing financial hardship.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is not the IRS, just a regular creditor who is trying to sue me.
Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

Ok. Creditors can go after assets in your bank but they cannot touch your social security. The creditor will have to obtain a court order so it really depends on judge's decision. In most cases you can appeal it if the garnishment would cause you a significant financial hardship.

Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

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