Using the Income Withholding Calculators
The reliability of the employer calculators depends on the accuracy of the data entered, as well as the employer's understanding of the terms, definitions, and limitations of the calculators. This page will allow you to familiarize yourself with the terms, limits, and priorities for withholding support for Wisconsin orders. You can also view examples of how income withholding amounts were calculated.
Definitions and Descriptions
Consumer Credit Protection Act Limits (CCPA Limits) - The total amount withheld from a paycheck may not exceed the federal CCPA limits as specified on the income withholding notice. The total amount may include withholding under a notice other than income withholding such as, an R&D Notice or National Medical Support Notice. The parent will still owe any remaining balance you are unable to withhold and may request that you withhold the total amount that is due, even if it exceeds CCPA Limits.
CCPA limits are:
- 50% of disposable income if the payer has a second family and does not owe past-due support.
- 55% of disposable income if the payer has a second family and owes past-due support.
- 60% of disposable income if the payer does not have a second family and does not owe past-due support.
- 65% of disposable income if the payer does not have a second family and owes past-due support
A "second family" is a spouse and/or a child living with the parent
Health Care Premiums - is the actual amount that the employee pays for health insurance. It does not include the portion, if any, the employer pays.
Other Medical Support Payments listed on the Income Withholding Notice - A Income Withholding Notice might have a dollar amount listed under "medical support." Treat this amount as any other support amount ordered (e.g. current support, past-support) that you send to the Trust Fund.
Unpaid Amount - Any amount that is not withheld because it is above and beyond CCPA withholding limits is an unpaid amount and will become past-due if unpaid by the employee.
Withholding Priorities - If the total amount of withholding exceeds the CCPA limits, notify the agency listed on the notice, and withhold support, up to the CCPA limit, in priority order:
- Current support
- Spousal support
- Medical Support
- Past-due support
- Past-due spousal support
- Past-due medical support
- R&D fees
- Other fees and costs as specified (e.g., birth costs, genetic testing, court costs)
Income Withholding Calculators
The calculators require MS Excel software. You can download these calculators to your computer. If you download these calculators, please check this site periodically in the event the calculators have been revised. The shaded cells in these calculators are locked to protect the calculation formulas.
Choose the calculator that matches the type of withholdings for your employee. All calculators will determine the amount to withhold with the federal CCPA limits. The CCPA limits will be identified on the Income Withholding Notice.
For your convenience, the calculators have links to referenced information (e.g., definition of gross income).
- Two Orders and/or Orders from Two States
- Support and the R&D Fee
calculates fee amount under CCPA limits & withholding priorities
- Support and a Health Insurance Premium
calculates premium amount under CCPA limits & withholding priorities
- Percentage Order with a Fixed Dollar Amount Minimum
- Percentage Order with an Additional Dollar Amount