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Bonuses and Child Support?

How does payroll report lump sum bonuses to OCSE? Can 100% of the bonus be withheld?


  • No, 100% of a bonus cannot be withheld. There was an article in this month's Payroll Currently about this, and the DOL has released a new fact sheet that covers this.
    It says "Limitations on the Amount of Earnings that may be Garnished for Child Support and Alimony
    Title III also limits that amount of earnings that may be garnished pursuant to court orders for child support or alimony. The garnishment law allows up to 50 percent of a worker's disposable earnings to be garnished for these purposes if the worker is supporting another spouse or child, or up to 60 percent if the worker is not. An additional 5 percent may be garnished for support payments more than l2 weeks in arrears."
    See the full notice here: