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Department of Taxation and Finance

Income executions

An income execution is a legal order that requires you or your employer to pay a portion of your gross wages to us for taxes you owe.

What happens

  • you're required to make the first payment within 20 days of receiving our notice
  • by law, wage deductions can't exceed ten percent (10%) of gross income, or twenty five percent (25%) of disposable earnings
    (See Income execution payment calculator.)
  • you must make payments each time you get paid, whether that's weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.
  • if you don't pay the required amount, your employer must deduct the money from your wages

If you become unemployed, please contact us to discuss your situation.

Shared debts - If two people are responsible for the same tax bill, they can both be ordered to pay with an income execution.

How to remove an income execution

Your rights - It's important for you to understand your rights during the collection process. We encourage questions at any time. You may call the number provided in your notice.

You may have someone represent you - Most taxpayers resolve their differences with us on their own. If you prefer to authorize someone such as a tax preparer or family member, to work with us, they will need to file an appropriate form. See Power of attorney and other authorizations to find the appropriate form.

To ask questions

  • call the number on the notice you received
  • if you do not have your notice, call (518) 457-5893
    • enter the taxpayer ID number
      • For income tax, this is your social security number, and for businesses it's generally your federal employer identification number

Bankruptcy and income executions - We stop collection against people who file for bankruptcy. You may continue to receive statements of your tax liabilities. If you have questions on how your bankruptcy affects the income execution, call (518) 457-3160.