By James Jennings
Federal law places limits on how much judgment creditors can take from your paycheck. The amount that can be garnished is limited to 25% of your disposable earnings (what’s left after mandatory deductions) or the amount by which your weekly wages exceed 30 times the minimum wage, whichever is lower.
At the US Department of Labor’s website you can find some examples of how much money can be taken from your check. This is a great informational resource provided by the US government.
More of your paycheck can be taken to pay child support. Up to 50% of your disposable earnings may be garnished to pay child support if you are currently supporting a spouse or a child who isn’t the subject of the order. If you aren’t supporting a spouse or child, up to 60% of your earnings may be taken. An additional 5% may be taken if you are more than 12 weeks in arrears.
It is important to note that child support in Arizona can be modified at anytime that amount of support would change by 15% or more. It may be worth it to contact Discount Divorce & Bankruptcy and speak with someone about modifying your child support if you feel you are over or under paying child support.
The U.S. Department of Education (or any agency trying to collect a student loan on its behalf) can garnish up to 15% of your pay if you are in default on a student loan. No lawsuit or court order is required for this type of garnishment; if you are in default, your wages can be garnished.
Student loans are typically not forgiven in the bankruptcy process. These loans will follow you to the grave in many cases.
If you owe money to the IRS, watch out: The agency can take a big chunk of your wages, and it doesn’t have to get a court order first. The amount you get to keep depends on how many dependents you have and your standard deduction amount. Your employer will pay you a fairly low minimum amount each week and give the rest to the IRS.
The IRS must send a wage levy notice to your employer, who is required to give you a copy. The notice includes an exemption claim form, which you should complete and return.
State and local tax agencies also have the right to take some of your wages. In many states, however, the law limits how much the taxing authority can take.
How can Discount Divorce & Bankruptcy help?
If you find yourself in a situation where you were served with a lawsuit by one of your creditors, Discount Divorce & Bankruptcy maybe able to help you. We have successful helped more than 5,000 people file for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy here in Arizona since 1998.
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