I am a federal employee so can my employer garnish my whole check?

I work for the IRS and have had nearly my whole paycheck garnished. Is
that legal?

Asked on May 3, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, California


G.J., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Depending on the reason your wages are being garnished, the amount that is leaglly garnished can range from about 15% to 60%. Normally, judgment creditors can take up to 25% of your disposable income. When it comes to student loans up to 15% can be garnished. Up to 50% of your disposable income can be garnished if you are dilinquent on child support and supporting a spouse or child not part of the order. If you are not supporting a spouse or child, then up to 60% can be taken. When dealing with Tax debt, the IRS has it's own formula for garnishment.

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