The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said on Friday that it has stopped initiating new asset seizures from tax delinquents during the government shutdown and is enforcing seizures only in "extremely limited" instances.
During the shutdown, the "IRS is not sending out levies or liens," an agency spokeswoman said in a statement to Reuters.
Under tax law, the IRS can seize property from U.S. citizens who have not paid their taxes. Known as levies, such seizures can target bank account balances, real estate or other assets.
Levies are different from tax liens. A lien is a claim used as security for a tax debt, while a levy actually takes the assets or property to satisfy the debt.
Any levies or liens a taxpayer might receive during the shutdown were printed before the IRS closed, the agency said.