Helpful Information for Employers

Health and Human Services

Employers play an important role in Minnesota’s child support efforts and make a major contribution to the lives of Minnesota’s children. Through income withholding, employers collect more than 70% of all the support disbursed.  Through new hire reporting, employers help match employees with support obligations. Cooperation between employers and child support agencies encourages parental responsibility, reduces taxpayer costs for public assistance, and helps families provide for their children.

For more information for employers go to the State of MN web site.

Income Withholding

Income withholding is ordered by a court or administrative agency to deduct child and medical support obligations from a parent's income. It takes priority over all other legal processes against income (including commercial garnishments) except for an IRS tax lien served before the income withholding order. Refer to the Minnesota DHS website for more information.

How to send a payment by Electronic Funds Transfer?

Contact: Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Support Enforcement Division's Employer EFT Helpdesk at (651)215-1717 or (800) 657-3890.

How will I know if I need to withhold child support?

If your employee owes child support, you will receive an income withholding order or notice telling you how much to take out of each check and where to send it. All income withholding payments must be sent to the Child Support Payment Center.

Continue to withhold until you receive an official notification to stop. 

How much can I withhold?

The amount deducted may not exceed the limits set by the Consumer Credit Protection Act and similar state laws.

May I charge a fee for withholding?

Yes, you may charge an employee up to $1 for each payment withheld. Deduct the charge from the employee’s remaining income after you deduct the withheld child support.