Can employer issue bonus checks to an employee who owes back taxes to IRS aside from the employee’s paycheck? 11 Answers as of May 05, 2014

If an employee owes IRS back taxes totaling of approximately 250K and has not filed in a couple of years, can the employer issue bonus checks to this employee aside from his paycheck?

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WILLIAM L SANDERS, ATTORNEY AT LAW | William L. Sanders
I know of no reason why the employer may not do this. Employee not filing the tax returns is not the employer's problem.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 5/5/2014
The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
Yes but if a garnishment has started then employer still has to pay from the bonus checks.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/2/2014
Peters Law, PLLC
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
Sure, but the employer will have to pay withholding on the bonus and the employee will have to pay taxes on the bonus.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 5/2/2014
Polsinelli Shughart PC | William B. Prugh
A paycheck, less withholding taxes of course, can be issued to an employee as long as the employer has not received notice of an IRS levy on the employee's wages. You did not provide enough facts, however, to properly answer the question. You should consult a cpa, tax preparer or attorney with your question. You didn't ask, but the employee should immediately file back tax returns and then deal with how he/she will pay the taxes owed.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 5/2/2014
Ronald K. Nims LLC | Ronald K. Nims
Depends if the IRS has issued a garnishment order to the employer.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 5/2/2014
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