Income Withholding

Income Withholding for Support (IWO)The child support program collects 70 percent of payments through income withholding.  States, tribes, territories, courts, tribunals, attorneys, and individuals must use the standard withholding form (OMB 0970-0154), Income Withholding for Support.  Employers must comply with an income withholding order (IWO) received on the approved form.  Employers must also honor a child support IWO before any other garnishment, except an IRS tax levy entered before the child support order.

Some requirements vary from state to state, so check out the State Income Withholding Contacts and Program Information.  Remember that all employer-withheld payments for child support (except payments ordered by a tribe) must be sent to the state disbursement unit (SDU).

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