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Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions: Idaho

Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Scott Randolph and Bradley T. Cave, Holland & Hart, LLP


  • Employers that receive income withholding orders or assignments for child support must begin withholding immediately and remit the amounts withheld within seven days after payday. If an employee subject to such an order is terminated from employment, the employer must send a termination notice. Employers may also be required to enroll dependent children in their group health plan. Special rules apply to interstate income withholding orders. Penalties are imposed for violations of the law. See Child Support Withholding.
  • Employers are required to comply with creditor garnishments, subject to requirements and limits established by federal law. Employers that fail to comply may be subject to civil remedies and penalties. See Creditor Garnishment Withholding.
  • If an employee has unpaid state taxes, the employer may be required by a court order to withhold from the employee's wages to pay off the tax liability. See Tax Levies.
  • An assignment of wages is valid in Idaho if the employee can revoke it. See Voluntary Wage Assignments.