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When are wages garnished?

When are wages garnished?

Wages can be garnished in order to satisfy a legal obligation, such as a court-ordered judgment or a government-mandated debt.

There are several types of debt that can result in wage garnishment, including:

  1. Unpaid taxes: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can garnish wages to collect unpaid federal taxes.
  2. Child support: If an individual falls behind on child support payments, their wages can be garnished to collect the owed amount.
  3. Student loans: If an individual defaults on their student loans, their wages may be garnished to collect the debt.
  4. Court-ordered judgments: If an individual loses a lawsuit and is ordered to pay damages, their wages may be garnished to satisfy the judgment.

Wage garnishment typically requires a court order or other legal action. The amount of wages that can be garnished is typically limited by law and may depend on the type of debt and the individual’s circumstances. In general, wage garnishment can be a significant financial burden for individuals and can have long-term consequences, so it’s important to try to avoid defaulting on debts whenever possible.

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