Here are the final five situations to look for when the IRS cannot take collection action:
- When the value of the property is protected by exemptions provided by Section 6334 of the Internal Revenue Code. There is certain property that the IRS cannot take under any circumstance, including your furniture and household goods valued up to $7,900, necessary clothing, unemployment benefits and child support. More on that here at “Can the IRS take my stuff?“
- When the liability is $5,000 or under, the IRS cannot seize your personal residence.
- When business assets of an individual are at stake, only if a determination is made by the IRS that other assets are insufficient to pay the liability. In addition, the proposed seizure must be approved by an IRS Area Director. See Internal Revenue Code Section 6334(e).
- When the IRS has requested your appearance by summons to ask you questions and determine your assets, no collection can occur on the day of your appearance. See Internal Revenue Code 6331(g).
- When you can show the IRS that the amount you owe is likely incorrect, IRS policy is to exercise restraint in collections until the issue is reasonably resolved. See IRS Policy Statement 5-16.
With the situations listed in Part I and Part II, that makes 15 situations where you are protected from the IRS. This is not meant to be an exclusive list – there are actually more, but these are some of the more common and practical situations.