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Coronavirus Relief and Garnishment

Don’t Let Your COVID-19 Relief Get Garnished Under the CARES Act, most Americans are receiving economic impact payments. According to data from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the maximum payout is $1,200 per individual taxpayer or $2,400 for married couples filing jointly, with additional amounts for each dependent child. If you owe money to creditors, you may be worried that your stimulus payment could be garnished and you’re right to worry. Although your stimulus payment cannot be garnished from the…

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Garnishment of Federal Tax Refunds

Tax Refunds and Garnishment You may be expecting a federal tax refund. But will you actually get it if you owe money to creditors? Manta Law, a Tampa Bay boutique firm representing individuals and consumers in a variety of matters, wants to make sure you’re informed about how the law of garnishment applies to federal income tax refunds.  Garnishment by Federal and State Agencies Under the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), federal and state government agencies may collect outstanding debts…

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Head of Household: What Does it Mean for Garnishment?

Head of Household: What Does that Mean for Garnishment? Is a creditor trying to garnish your wages? Then you need to know about the head of household exemption. It provides an exemption from garnishment of earnings payable to a head of household. Are You a Head of Household? To be a head of household, you must: Provide more than half of the financial support for another person you have a legal or moral obligation to support. The supported person can…

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Understanding Charity Care

What’s Charity Care? Do You Qualify? Are you uninsured and having trouble paying your medical bills? You may be wondering if you qualify for charity care. Charity care is health care provided for at no cost or a reduced cost to patients who have no health insurance and can’t afford to pay. There’s no Florida law mandating how much charity care hospitals must offer. But fortunately, many Tampa Bay hospitals and medical facilities do offer charity care to qualifying patients.…

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High Number of Floridians with Unpaid Medical Bills

Medical Bills a Problem for Floridians A high number of Florida residents have unpaid medical bills. Among Florida adults, 20.7 percent now have unpaid medical debts, according to a recent report published by the website 24/7 Wall St. This level is the 32nd highest among the 50 states. Nationwide, 22.7 percent of U.S. adults have past due medical bills, according to the study, which is based on a 2018 analysis published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). According to…

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