If you are receiving Social Security disability benefits, the last thing you want is to get a letter in the mail telling you that you owe Social Security money. I have seem many individuals with overpayment notices for tens of thousands of dollars.
So, what can you do? Continue reading How to avoid an overpayment of Social Security benefits
If Social Security alleges that you owe them money to repay an overpayment, you have two choices to fight it:
- You can either file a “Waiver of Overpayment,” or
- You can file a “Request for Reconsideration.“
Social Security may direct you towards filing the waiver, but there are some things you should know before making a decision. Continue reading Social Security overpayment choices: reconsideration or waiver
There’s good news if Social Security has told you that you were overpaid, and you need to repay, Social Security benefits! Social Security has increased the “administrative waiver” amount to $1000.
Administrative waivers of overpayments apply in cases where the cost of recovering the overpayment is greater than the amount of the overpayment itself. Continue reading Social Security Administrative overpayment waiver up to $1000
Here is a popular question:
I’m on SSI, do I have to tell Social Security about an inheritance/settlement I am getting?
The answer is simple: Continue reading Social Security SSI, Settlements/Inheritance, and Special Needs Trusts
I try to give you as much information as I can about Social Security overpayment / repayment cases, because the chances of finding an attorney to work with you … are not very good.
Many Social Security attorneys get paid out of the back benefits they win for the client (typically 25% up to a cap of $6,000). But, when you have an overpayment case, the best outcome is you will owe $0.00. 25% of $0.00 is $0.00.
In other words, there is nothing for the attorney to take a percentage of, if they win.
So how do you ever find a lawyer to help you with a Social Security overpayment case? Continue reading Overpayments: finding an attorney to help you
Overpayment cases are very tough to win. If you decide to fight an overpayment, you need to know what you are up against.
Here is what the law says about how Social Security evaluates whether you have to pay back an overpayment or not. This is taken from Social Security Ruling 88-6c. Continue reading Winning a Social Security overpayment case
It is the opposite of winning the jackpot: you open the letter from Social Security and find out that you owe them $10,000, $20,000, even $30,000.
There are several scenarios which may result in Social Security claiming an overpayment occurred; and demanding that you repay some, or all, of your benefits. Continue reading Social Security Overpayments
You, or your child, are on Social Security, when out of the blue, you get a letter:
Your benefits will cease as of …
An overpayment was detected due to your failure to notify Social Security of your spouse’s income …
Since turning 18 years of age, we have determined that you are no longer disabled under our rules …
You may be thinking, “this is clearly a mistake;” “I go in every year with my spouse’s paystubs;” or “nothing has changed in my condition.”
So, you call Social Security to clear this up. Maybe you make an appointment to go in. Maybe you speak to an understanding soul who says it is all a mistake. You think to yourself:
The letter said I could appeal, but I don’t need to do that, I will just get it cleared up.
Continue reading Whatever Social Security tells you, WATCH THE DEADLINES!