Garnishment of state tax refunds

The Senate Civil Law Committee heard HB 1358, sponsored by Sen. Steele and Sen. Broden, on the garnishment of state tax refunds.  Author Rep. Cox explained that the bill provides that if a debt has been reduced to a judgment in Indiana and the judgment has not been satisfied, set aside, or discharged in bankruptcy, the judgment creditor may garnish a state tax refund otherwise due to the debtor. It also specifies the procedures that the judgment creditor must follow in obtaining the garnishment from the Department of State Revenue. The bill allows a writ of garnishment to be electronically filed with the Department of State Revenue. After hearing testimony expressing some concerns, the Committee held the bill for amendment.

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