How much of my income can be garnished?
How much of your income can be garnished?
The answer to this question depends on the type of debt you have and the state you live in. For example, in most states child support and alimony payments take priority over other debts, so your wages can be garnished for those payments before any other debts are considered.
Generally, creditors can take up to 25% of your disposable income, or the amount of your income that is left after taxes and mandatory deductions are taken out. So, if you make $1,000 per week after taxes, a creditor could theoretically garnish $250 from your paycheck each week.
However, there are limits on how much a creditor can actually garnish from your paycheck. For instance, many states have laws that protect a certain portion of your income from being taken.
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