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Income Exempt from Garnishment in Oklahoma

These types of income are exempt from being garnished, either by state or federal law.  To protect this kind of income, keep it in a separate bank account from other income.

  • Social Security benefits – 42 U.S.C. § 407.
  • Supplemental security income – 42 U.S.C. §1383(d).
  • Unemployment benefits – 40 O.S. §2-303.
  • Workmen’s Compensation benefits – 85 O.S. §48.
  • Welfare benefits – 56 O.S. §173.
  • Veterans’ benefits – 38 U.S.C. §3101, 31 O.S. §7.
  • Monies in Possession of Police Pensions – 11 O.S. §50-124.
  • Monies in Possession of Firemen’s Relief & Pension Fund-11 O.S. §49-126
  • Monies in Possession of County Employee’s Retirement System–19 O.S. §959.
  • Monies in Possession of Public Employee’s Retirement Fund – 74 O.S. §923.
  • Teacher’s Annuities or Retirement Allowance – 70 O.S. §17-109.
  • Annuities and pension payments under Railroad Retirement Act – 45 U.S.C. §231(m)
  • United States Civil Service Retirement and Disability Pension Fund Payments – 5 U.S.C. §8346.
  • United States Civil Service Survivor Annuities – 5 U.S.C. §8346.
  • Interest in Retirement, Pension and Profit Sharing Plans – 60 O.S. §327, 60 O.S. §328.
  • The Wages of Seamen – 46 U.S.C. §601.
  • Funds vested in the Alien Property Custodian – 50 U.S.C. Appx. §9(f).
  • Prepaid Burial Benefits – 36 O.S. §6125.
  • Proceeds of Group-Life Insurance Policy – 36 O.S. 3632, and 36 O.S. §4026.
  • Alimony, support, separate maintenance, or child support necessary for support of judgment debtor or dependent – 31 O.S. §1.1.
  • Personal wage exemption because of undue hardship – 31 O.S. §1.1.
  • Student Assistance
  • Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workers’ Death and Disability Benefits
  • Foreign Service Retirement and Disability Benefits
  • Compensation for Injury, Death, or Detention of Employees of U.S. Contractors Outside the U.S.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Disaster Assistance.
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