The IRS can take 15% of your Social Security payments to satisfy your tax debt. Prior to 1996, there was a $750/month "off limits" amount that had to be left for the Social Security recipient.
On March 19, 2009, Keith Kuchenbecker, of Neenah, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay $288,546 in restitution to the IRS. Kuchenbecker pleaded guilty to failing to pay over to the IRS approximately $197,000 in payroll taxes that had been withheld from the wages of the employees of his business, Keith Kuchenbecker Construction, Inc. According to documents filed in federal court, Kuchenbecker was responsible for paying payroll taxes that had been withheld from the wages of the employees of the business.
On July 2, 2009, Scott Alexander, of Merriam, Kan., was sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison for mortgage fraud. Alexander pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering. In his plea he admitted that in 2003 and 2004 he conspired with co-defendant, Wildor Washington, Jr., and others to obtain mortgage loans by fraudulent means including submitting inflated property appraisals to lenders.
When I counsel people dealing with IRS problems, I usually end up asking the one big nagging question ....."Why did you wait so long to do something about this?" Here's the usual reply: "I thought I would end up going to jail."Let's go ahead and get something straight about the IRS and prison time...
IRS Spokesman David Stell declared that the agency shall no longer release "debt indicators" of taxpayers to tax preparation services. Debt indicators released by the IRS are those that indicate whether the taxpayer will receive any tax refund, and if that refund would be offset by payment of delinquent taxes, student loans or child support.
I don't know your financial situation personally, but I would venture a guess that if you have problems paying the IRS...that you may have credit card debt problems as well. So I certainly don't mean to throw "fuel on the fire" of a debt problem by making the following suggestion, but I'll throw it out there as an option and only you'll know if it is a legitimate option for you.