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Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions: Arkansas

Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions requirements for other states

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

Authors: E. B. Chiles IV, Cameron C. McCree, and Amber Davis-Tanner, Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC


  • Arkansas employers that receive a child support withholding order must begin withholding from the employee's wages no later than in the first pay period that occurs 14 days after the date the notice was mailed. The limits of the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) apply. Employers may deduct an administrative processing fee. Special rules apply to interstate income withholding orders. See Child Support Withholding.
  • An employer must withhold from an employee's wages to satisfy a creditor garnishment if the employer is ordered to do so by a court. Withholding is limited by the CCPA. See Creditor Garnishment Withholding.
  • In Arkansas, an employee can direct an employer to pay a voluntary wage assignment to a third party under certain conditions. See Voluntary Wage Assignments.
  • Employers may be required to withhold pursuant to tax levies issued against employees who have unpaid state taxes. See Tax Levies.