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1099 and wage garnishment

Orlando, FL |

I'm a self employed person who does work for two specific companies. One of the owners received a wage garnishment order for a student loan that is currently in default. I just found out about it within the last week and I have no problems making payment arrangements. However, my question is, can my wages be garnished even if I'm a 1099 subcontractor??
I live in Florida

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As a 1099 subcontractor your position is different than if you were an employee.

The good news is that they can't get a continuing order that will get the money every pay period. The bad news is that you don't have any exemption--they're gonna get the whole check any time they sucessfully serve a garnishment order for monies you have not yet been paid.

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