If you have been subject to wage garnishment on a monthly basis, you know how financially burdensome it can be. In view of this, the US government has enacted certain laws to also protect the garnishee. These limits cap the deduction to a certain level, and are based upon two main guidelines or calculations.
These calculations are 1) the garnishment shall not exceed 25% of wages after tax deduction and 2) not exceeding the total amount of a weekly wage that is greater than 30 times the federal minimum hourly wage.
Garnishment limits take into account what the real disposable earnings of a person is, and this is after all the tax deductions. There is more on what constitutes disposable earnings, and we have detailed them at our latest page on wage garnishment limits.