What is a garnishment?

Garnishments are amounts that are automatically deducted from employee paychecks to pay for outstanding debts to government, and state agencies, and sometimes private organizations. 

Examples of unpaid debts that can be collected through garnishments include:

  • Child Support
  • Federal Tax Levy
  • State Tax Levy
  • Creditor Garnishment
  • Spousal Support
  • Defaulted student loan

Federal and State tax agencies will levy employee wages for unpaid and outstanding tax debts, e.g., from a failure to file a return or correctly report income on a return.

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