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State Wage Garnishment

State Wage Garnishment – How It Works and How to Stop It

A state wage garnishment is a letter from the state taxing authority to your employer.  The letter orders your employer to withhold money from each paycheck to send to the state.

How much money will be withheld, or garnished, from each paycheck?  The state rules and regulations for a state wage garnishment differ from state to state.  The state wage garnishment letter will provide your employer with a formula for calculating the amount to withhold in payment of a delinquent balance.  Generally, the state wage garnishment could be up to twenty five percent of each paycheck, and regarding court ordered child support payments, some states can withhold up to fifty percent from each paycheck for child support arrears, and up to 60 % for child support arrears if you are not supporting another dependent!

How long will my employer continue to garnish my wages?  The state wage garnishment letter will tell your employer how much of a delinquent balance you owe.  Your employer will continue to garnish wages from each paycheck until that delinquent amount has been paid in full.

What if I am self-employed?  If you are self-employed, the state will send a state wage garnishment letter to each customer/Accounts Receivable.  Does a customer or client owe you money?  The state wage garnishment letter will order each client in your Accounts Receivable to pay it to the state!  The state wage garnishment letter could order each client in Accounts Receivable to pay up to one hundred percent!

Delinquent balances include taxes, penalties, fees and interest.  Delinquent balances can also include any non-tax debts owed to other state government agencies and courts, such as Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premiums and Court Ordered Child Support.

However, Social Security and any other legally mandated monies, such as disability,cannot be garnished by a state.

State tax wage garnishments take precedence over all other wage garnishments or levies.  The only exceptions are court ordered child support payments and federal tax debt.  The IRS can also issue a wage garnishment letter to collect on delinquent federal tax balances.

How can I stop a state wage garnishment?  Generally, most states will not agree to stop a state wage garnishment with a state installment agreement.  However, most states will agree to lower the amount of the state wage garnishment or modify itif you can show hardship.

Coast One Tax Group can reduce the amount of a state wage garnishment if you can show you are in hardship.  If your state provides a state offer in compromise resolution to state tax debt and you qualify, Coast One Tax Group can stop a state wage garnishment.

Coast One Tax Group is experienced in assisting individuals in successfully navigating through state wage garnishments.  We are a group of experienced attorneys, accountants and Enrolled Agents representing taxpayers before state and federal taxing authorities.  Coast One Tax Group will negotiate a resolution to your state wage garnishment.  Our goal is to resolve your state wage garnishment issue as quickly as possible.  Can Coast One Tax Group resolve your case with as little discomfort and disruption to you as possible?  Call or text or email Coast One Tax Group today for a free consultation!

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