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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 a child support order no later than in the first pay period that occurs after the date the employer receives the order. Withheld amounts must be remitted on the employer's regular pay dates, or within two business days thereafter if remitting the payment electronically. Withholding is limited to a maximum percentage of a worker's disposable earnings. Employers may deduct an administrative fee. 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.