The income the IRS chooses to levy is determined without any communication with the taxpayer.
Stopping a Wage Garnishment
Wage garnishment is released after a taxpayer has qualified for an IRS tax debt payment plan and has begun to make payments to resolve the case. If diligent efforts are made to resolve the case, a tax professional can negotiate with the IRS to stop the wage garnishment and allow the taxpayer to resolve the case using a payment plan. A tax professional is also able to stop a garnishment if they can show that it is causing the taxpayer financial hardship.
The IRS has many tax debt payment plans that allow payments to be made in installments and reduction in tax debt. In cases where taxpayers cannot pay any amount of tax debt, the IRS may place the case under Currently Not Collectible. The IRS has ten years to collect the debt. If a taxpayer is unable to pay any amount of tax debt due to financial limitation during these ten years, the entire tax debt amount is nullified and no further collection efforts are made.