Once you get an Income Deduction Notice, you must begin withholding wages immediately for the employee or subcontractor. Go to How to Pay for payment information.
Tell us immediately when an employee no longer works for you. Any information you can provide on the former employee’s new employment would be helpful.
Call our Employer Line at 1-866-435-2763 to report employee changes.
Limits on Withholding
The Federal Consumer Credit Protection Act limits the amount you can withhold from an employee’s wages to meet child support and other obligations. The limits are designed to protect a portion of the employee’s earnings for living expenses. Go to the Consumer Credit Protection Act for more information.
There are mandatory deductions that must be made from an employee’s paycheck such as FICA taxes, unemployment. The income remaining after these mandatory deductions is "disposable income" and is available for child support payment withholding.
The maximum allowable amount that can be withheld from an employee to pay child support depends on two factors:
- Whether the employee has new dependents
- Whether the income deduction notice includes arrears payments (a periodic repayment for past-due child support).
The maximum percentages that may be withheld from the employee’s wages are:
For employees with new dependents:
- 50% if the notice covers current support only
- 55% if the notice requires an arrears payment in addition to the current support
For employees without new dependents:
- 60% if the notice covers current support only
- 65% if the notice requires an arrears payment in addition to the current support
Although the income deduction notice specifies a certain sum, federal and state consumer protection limits may override these instructions.
For withholding information about bonuses, severance pay, lump sum payments and settlement payments, fax the employee’s name and case number to us at 850-488-8579. Please allow 72 hours response time.
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