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Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions: Georgia

Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions requirements for other states

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

Author: Vicki M. Lambert, The Payroll Advisor


  • An employer must begin withholding with the first pay period that occurs 14 days after service of an income withholding order for child support. Payments must be remitted within two business days after payday. If an employee is terminated from employment, the employer must send a termination notice promptly thereafter. Special rules apply to interstate child support withholding orders. The federal CCPA withholding limits apply. See Child Support Withholding.
  • Georgia limits the amount of disposable income that is subject to creditor garnishment. Employers are permitted to deduct an administrative fee. See Creditor Garnishment Withholding.
  • An employed criminal offender may be ordered to enter into a wage assignment to pay restitution. See Voluntary Wage Assignments.
  • An employer may be required to withhold from an employee's wages to satisfy a state tax levy. Withholding limitations and rules regarding priority of other withholding orders apply. See Tax Levies.