Attachment and Garnishment – Taxpayer Copy

If the Department has previously sent the taxpayer a Notice of Collection informing them that the total unpaid tax is final and collectible, but the taxpayer does not pay the full total tax liability, then this notice is sent to inform the taxpayer that the Department has taken a forced collection action.

About Your Notice

What should I do? And, how can I respond??
Where can I get more information?

Common Questions

Why are my funds frozen?
How can I avoid receiving this notice again? 


What should I do? And, how can I respond?

Watch a video to learn more about why the taxpayer received this notice.

Review our Paying and Responding to Your Notice playlist for more videos about paying a bill or notice, requesting an installment payment agreement, and more.

There are three ways the taxpayer can respond to a garnishment:

  1. Pay the full total tax liability. The taxpayer can pay the amount shown due on the taxpayer's notice now to avoid accruing additional interest. The Department will send a garnishment release letter to the taxpayer's employer once the tax liability is paid in full.
    • If the taxpayer has a bank garnishment, do not use the account that is being garnished. The taxpayer must pay using a different account.
  2. Set up an Installment Payment Agreement. The Department may consider releasing a garnishment if all four of the following requirements are met:
    • The garnishment is attached to wages and/or salaries.
    • The taxpayer has not defaulted a previous installment agreement on the same tax period(s).
    • The taxpayer's requested installment payment agreement amount is greater than or equal to 10 percent of your gross wages and/or salaries.
    • A payment greater than or requal to the first payment is paid as a down payment.
  3. Leave the garnishment in effect. The taxpayer does not have to take any action if they cannot pay in full or set up an Installment Payment Agreement.

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Where can I get more information?

For more information, review the Garnishment FAQs. If there are additional questions, call 1-877-252-3252.

Why are my funds frozen?

If the taxpayer receives a bank garnishment, the taxpayer's bank or financial institution has frozen the funds in the taxpayer's account. The taxpayer may not be able to access their account during this time.

The taxpayer's financial institution will withdraw funds up to the amount shown due on their notice. The taxpayer should contact their financial institution if they have questions about their account.

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How can I avoid receiving this notice again?

The taxpayer may have already received a garnishment this year, but they can still take steps to avoid receiving one next year.

Start now by using the Income Tax Estimator to estimate what a taxpayer may owe.

If the taxpayer has a balance due, they can adjust their NC-4 to increase the amount of tax withheld from each paycheck or increase the amount of the their quarterly estimated income tax payments.

If the taxpayer has a balance due the next time they file, they can file early and schedule payments up until the due date.

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