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Training For Indiana Garnishment Law Requirements

Training For Indiana Garnishment Law Requirements

Indiana Wage Garnishment RulesWhat Is A Garnishment?

A wage garnishment is any legal or equitable procedure through which some portion of a person's earnings is required to be withheld by an employer for the payment of a debt.

The six basic types of garnishments are child support, federal, state, or local levies, creditor garnishments, and student loans, with the largest amount of garnishments being for child support.

Employer Guidelines For Handling Garnishments

Employers generally have to notify the debtor in writing that a wage garnishment is about to start before making a garnishment and sending payments to the creditor. The wage garnishment then typically continues until the debts are paid off or otherwise resolved. Employers are required to provide employees with a copy of garnishment paperwork.

With regard to child support garnishments, all states are required to use the "Order/Notice To Withhold Income For Child Support" notice for Child Support. This notice is designed to provide employers with key information so that they do not have to decipher unfamiliar orders/notices from different states. Click here for details on this notice, including steps to process this notice.

Employers should note that they cannot contest the income-withholding order; however, the employer should contact the issuing agency if unable to implement the withholding either because the individual named in the order is not an employee or a withholding is already in place for the child and employee. Additionally, employers should note that states often have varying garnishment rules, so they should be sure to know the payroll wage garnishments rules for the state(s) in which it does business.

Indiana Wage Garnishment Rules

Employers should be aware that there are two general types of garnishments, one for child support and one for creditors (commonly referred to as "levies").

Re child support orders, the maximum amount that can be withheld runs between 50 (if the employee is supporting another spouse and/or children) and 65% (if the employee is not supporting another spouse and/or children and is at least 12 weeks in arrears in making support payments).

Re levies, the amount of wages subject to garnishment may not exceed the lesser of 25 percent of the individual's weekly disposable earnings, unless the individual can show good cause why the amount should be reduced, in which case the amount may be less than 25 percent but at least 10 percent of the weekly disposable earnings, or the amount by which the worker's weekly disposable earnings exceed 30 times the federal minimum wage.

Earnings are defined as compensation for personal services and include wages, commissions, and periodic payments from pension or retirement programs. Disposable earnings are those remaining after deductions required by law.

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Contact Info For Indiana Garnishments Law

1531 South Curry Pike, Suite 400
Bloomington, IN 47403
(812) 339-1119






References and Disclaimers

This information is based on a variety of state laws and regulations, and is subject to change. The PayrollTrainingCenter makes every effort to make sure this information is current and accurate, however, the PayrollTrainingCenter is not engaged in rendering legal or professional advice and shall not be held responsible for any inaccuracies contained herein.

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