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Notice of Intent to Levy and Notice of Your Right to a Hearing

We previously asked you to pay the federal tax shown on the next page, but we haven’t received your payment. This letter is your notice of our intent to levy under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 6331 and your right to appeal under IRC Section 6330.

We may also file a Notice of Federal Tax Lien at any time to protect the government’s interest. A lien is a public notice to your creditors that the government has a right to your current assets, including any assets you acquire after we file the lien.

If you don’t pay the amount you owe, make alternative arrangements to pay, or request an appeals hearing within 30 days from the date of this letter, we may take your property or rights to property. Property includes real estate, automobiles, business assets, bank accounts, wages, commissions, social security benefits, and other income. We’ve enclosed Publication 594, which has more information about our collection process; Publication 1660, which explains your appeal rights; and Form 12153, which you can use to request a Collection Due Process hearing with our Appeals Office.

To prevent collection action, please send your full payment today.

  • Make your check or money order payable to United States Treasury.
  • Write your Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number on your payment.
  • Send your payment and the attached payment stub to us in the enclosed envelope. The amount you owe is shown on the next page.

If you have recently paid this tax or you can’t pay it, call us immediately at the above telephone number and let us know.

The assessed balance may include tax, penalties, and interest you still owe. It also includes any credits and payments we’ve received since we sent our last notice to you.  Penalty and interest charges continue to accrue until you pay the total amount in full.  We detail these charges, known as Statutory Additions, on the following pages.

Copy of this notice
Pub 594, IRS Collection Process
Pub 1660, Collection Appeal Rights
Form 12153, Request for a Collection Due Process Hearing

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 31-Mar-2014