What is Garnishment?

A garnishment is an order by a court, the federal government, or a state agency for an employer to withhold wages from an employee's pay and send the money to an agency or creditor. The order might also let you add an administrative fee to the employee.

Other names used to refer to a garnishment order include "earnings withholding order," "federal tax levy," "support order," "bankruptcy order," "writ of garnishment," or "garnishment summons."

Garnishment Type

  • Federal and state tax levies
  • Child or spousal support withholding orders
  • Bankruptcy
  • Federal and state student loans
  • Federal agency debt orders (non-tax)
  • Creditor garnishments

Set up and assign a garnishment.

If you receive a garnishment order or levy for an employee, we need to set it up correctly in your payroll account so that the withholdings are calculated as stated in the order.

We set up the garnishment deduction and calculate the amounts on employee paychecks as part of your Full Service Payroll service.

However, you as the employer will need to make the payments directly to the agencies or creditors as instructed in the garnishment order or tax levy.

See also: Add or edit a new deduction or contribution
Step 1 – You send us the order documents

  • As soon as you get a garnishment order for an employee, fax to us at 780.669.5714.
  • Generally we only need the first 2 pages of the order documents, which typically contain the employee's information and how to calculate the garnished wages. You don't need to send us the other information, such as how to remit payments.

Step 2 – We'll set up the deduction in your payroll account

We'll set up the deduction for your employee within 2 business days after we receive the order documents and will email you once completed.

After we set it up, you can see the garnishment in the employee's profile.

Need to make changes?

To make any changes to the garnishment, contact us:
Quickbooks Online Payroll Full Service: 1.866.729.4662
Intuit Full Service Payroll: 1.866.640.9987