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Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions: Texas

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 for child support no later than the first pay period that occurs after the date an Income Withholding Order/Notice is received, or sooner if electronic payments are required. Withholding is limited to a maximum percentage of employees' disposable earnings. Employers may deduct an administrative fee. Employers may be fined for failing to withhold or remit amounts withheld. See Child Support Withholding.
  • Current wages for personal service are not subject to garnishment. See Creditor Garnishment Withholding.
  • Employers in Texas are under no statutory obligation to honor voluntary wage assignments; they may be under a contractual obligation to do so, however. See Voluntary Wage Assignments.