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Involuntary and Voluntary Pay Deductions: South Carolina

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 that receives an income withholding order for child support for an employee must begin withholding no later than in the next pay period after receipt of the order. The employer must remit the amounts withheld within seven business days after the date the child support was withheld. The amount that may be withheld is limited by federal law. See Child Support Withholding.
  • In South Carolina, earnings for personal services may not be garnished by creditors to repay a debt. See Creditor Garnishment Withholding.
  • If an employee owes unpaid state taxes, the Department of Revenue is authorized to issue to the employer a notice to withhold certain amounts from the employee's wages to pay the unpaid taxes, up to a certain limit. See Tax Levies.
  • Employees may authorize voluntary wage assignments if the authorization is revocable. See Voluntary Wage Assignments.