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Frequenlty Asked Questions

About Wage Garnishments

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What is a Wage Garnishment?

A Wage Garnishment is Court Order that is obtained by a creditor allowing that creditor to serve your employer with an Order requiring your employer to deduct 25% from your net pay.  This occurs with notice directly to your employer, and not to you.

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Can I stop or modify a wage garnishment?

You can modify a wage garnishment to a lower amount but it requires the filing of paperwork in court and attending a court hearing to prove the garnishment amount is causing an undue hardship. Only the filing of a bankruptcy either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 will stop a wage garnishment immediately.

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How much can a creditor garnish out of my wages?

Under Connecticut Law a creditor can garnish up to 25% of your net wages after deductions each pay period until the debt is satisfied.

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How many creditors can garnish my pay weekly?

Only one creditor can garnish your pay at one time, but they are able to stack up one after the other directly with your employer.  Once a creditor has been satisfied, the next creditor can then begin to garnish your wages.

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Can my student loans garnish my wages?

Yes! The Department of Education can garnish your wages without court order and can garnish up to 15% of your net wages.  The only way to stop that garnishment is to file for bankruptcy relief.

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Can the IRS garnish my wages?

The IRS has special enforcement powers that allow it to garnish your wages, execute on your bank account and attach a lien to your property for  any outstanding tax debt.  The IRS does not need to obtain court permission to take any of these special enforcement actions.  Most taxpayers will receive a 30-day Notice of Intent to Levy prior to any of these special enforcement actions. You can stop an IRS garnishment, attachment and levy by filing a bankruptcy case.

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