A bank account levy can be stopped, but it is important to act quickly to resolve this before it is too late. The levy typically ends when a debt is satisfied. However, there may be other options. The bank must hold the funds in your account(s) for a minimum of 21 days before they are released to the IRS. If you reach an agreement to pay by other means, declare bankruptcy, or successfully appeal to have the levy released, you’ll get access to your cash again. Documents that show the levy is causing a hardship are especially useful in negotiating a bank levy release. Those could include eviction notices, orders to shut off utilities, past due notices, etc. It is important to communicate with the IRS or get reputable legal help if you want to end a bank levy.