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Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions: Iowa

Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions requirements for other states

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

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline and Emily S. Pontius, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • Employers must begin withholding for child support within 10 days after receiving an order to withhold. Payments must be remitted within seven business days after payday, and certain employers must remit electronically. The employer must promptly notify the state when an employee is terminated. See Child Support Withholding.
  • Iowa limits the amount of disposable income that is subject to creditor garnishment based on how much the employee earns during the year. See Creditor Garnishment Withholding.
  • Iowa allows employees to voluntary assign their wages to another to secure a loan or pay a debt. See Voluntary Wage Assignments.
  • Individuals with unpaid state taxes may become subject to a tax levy. In Iowa, the limits that apply to creditor garnishments do not apply to tax levies. See Tax Levies.