garnishment for a medical bill

by jackie

Can a medical bill judgement can take your federal income taxes?

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Feb 20, 2012
garnishment for a medical bill

No Jackie, a medical provider cannot take your federal tax refund as payment. The circumstances under which your tax refund can be taken are very limited -- you owe past due child support, you have not repaid a federal student loan, or you owe past due federal taxes, for example.

What the medical provider can do however is sue you for the money you owe and if it wins the lawsuit, it can collect on the court judgment against you by garnishing your wages, seizing money from your bank account and/or putting a lien on an asset you own. Also, the judgment will show up in your credit records and will be very damaging to your finances.

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