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Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions: District of Columbia

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 Jenie Van Hampton, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • An employer must begin withholding with the first pay period that occurs 14 days after the employer receives an income withholding order for child support. An employer must remit payments within seven business days after payday. Special rules apply to interstate income withholding orders. If an employee is terminated from employment, the employer must send a termination notice within 10 days. See Child Support Withholding.
  • The District of Columbia limits the amount of disposable income that is subject to creditor garnishment. The limits are based on the federal garnishment limits, with certain exceptions. See Creditor Garnishment Withholding.
  • Individuals with unpaid state taxes may become subject to a tax levy. See Tax Levies.
  • The District of Columbia does not allow employees to voluntarily assign their wages to another. See Voluntary Wage Assignments.