At some point, almost every employer has an employee who is subjected to wage garnishment. While Texas is strict as to the reasons why wages can be garnished (sometimes referred to as payroll garnishment or wage attachment), processing notices and paying funds can be a headache for employers.
To help relieve employers of this burden, Chandler & Knowles CPAs offers wage garnishment services that streamline the process and protect companies against liability and potential lawsuits due to wage garnishment oversights or mismanagement.
Wage Garnishment in Texas
Texas has some of the most restrictive laws in the country when it comes to employee wage garnishment. In general, payroll garnishment is only permitted for court-ordered child and spousal support, or for unpaid income taxes or defaulted student loans. However, if employees move to Texas from another state, it may be required that their wages be garnished if the order was issued in their previous state. To complicate matters, if an employer’s wage garnishment is for reasons other than what is allowed by Texas law, they face serious legal consequences. If for no other reason than potential liability, trusting administrative wage garnishment services to the professionals at Chandler & Knowles CPAs is a best business practice.
Pitfalls of Payroll Garnishment
Although the law in Texas may be pretty clear cut as to the reasons for wage garnishment, there are some situations that can trap employers. To begin with, garnishment for taxes or student loans does not have to be ordered by the courts, so delaying on compliance comes with penalties. Also, creditors are concerned with getting their money and have been known to be less than above-board with the uninformed regarding wage garnishment. If an employer garnishes wages for reasons other than specified by the law, trouble will soon follow. On top of it all, an individual cannot be refused employment, fired, or disciplined because of a wage garnishment order. These are just a few of the dangers facing an employer regarding wage garnishment.
Benefits of Our Services for Employers:
As accounting professionals, we are familiar with the nuances and ever-changing landscape of employee wage garnishment. Trusting the experts at Chandler & Knowles CPAs to handle garnishment requirements and any issues that may arise relieves employers and their staff of the complicated and time-consuming tasks associated with wage garnishment management and provides protection against lawsuits and liability. We manage the entire process on your behalf including:
- Evaluating and processing existing and new garnishment notices
- Handling paperwork and notifying employees of any action taken against them
- Disbursal of payments
- Addressing concerns of payees and employees
- Management of resources if an employee leaves, retires, or is transferred
Benefits of Our Services for Employees:
In addition to helping business owners with administrative wage garnishment requirements, we are also a resource for employees. Not only can we help by answering their questions about their wage garnishment details, we can also show them the different options they have regarding payment and managing their funds. While wage garnishment may be an administrative headache for employers, it can be a financial disaster for employees, and having skilled professionals by their side offering expert advice and guidance helps everyone involved.
Contact Chandler & Knowles CPAs Today
Mandatory payroll garnishment administration can detract from the day-to-day operations of any business and is a problem for both the employer strapped with this responsibility and the employee who is facing wage attachments. At Chandler & Knowles CPAs, we are ready to carry the load these burdensome responsibilities impose so that your business and employees can continue to grow and thrive. Contact us today by filling out our online contact form or by calling us at (817) 430-3000, you can schedule an appointment at our office located in Flower Mound or we can handle everything for you remotely.
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