Establish contact with the officials, explain your situation and request for some more time so that you can arrange something up.

I have IRS debts, which is presumably going to turn into garnishment. I’m afraid that I may risk losing my job because of the collection process. Am I protected in anyway? What can I do?

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Why don’t you try and avoid garnishment in the first place? The IRS usually gives a 20 days notice period before wage garnishment goes into effect. Establish contact with the officials, explain your situation and request for some more time so that you can arrange something up.

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Title III of the Consumer Credit Protection Act forbids employers from discharging employees, for a single wage garnishment request. However, you might be fired if there are multiple requests for wage garnishment against you. Willful violation of the Title III discharge law may drag the employer under criminal prosecution and fine. The employer may even need to reinstate the terminated employee, and reimburse the lost wages.


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