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Social Security Overpayments

How Will My Husband's Overpayment Affect Us?

Larry, my husband is 55 years of age and has been collecting Social Security Disability benefits for about 6 years now. He told me recently that he was notified by SSA that he earned too much, because he held a part-time job as supplement income, and may have to pay the excess earnings back. I'm very concerned about how his situation will affect my future earnings, if at all. We've been married almost 28 years, so I've surpassed the 10 year threshold. I should be able to draw from his benefit as the higher wage earner, but I'm not certain how the l news will affect us.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 10:57

Can I Still Get My Back Pay?

i won my waiver to dismiss my over payment can i still get my backpay of 8300 im broke and struggling to pay my bills


I'd need to have much more information about your case to be able to give you an answer. When an overpayment is waived, it doesn't mean that you weren't actually overpaid. In other words, in most cases when Social Security waives an overpayment, they've decided to allow you to keep benefits that were incorrectly paid to you.

Sunday, February 7, 2021 - 10:28

Is It Legal For Social Security To Take My Brother-In-Law's Disability Benefits To Repay The Unemployment He Qualified For?

I helped my brother in law, who is self employed part time with a residential cleaning business, obtain unemployment in TN when the pandemic started. All his jobs asked him to not clean their homes until the pandemic was over. He was approved for and received the $600 per week plus TN Unemployment.

Saturday, January 2, 2021 - 14:36

How Do I Resolve This?

In 2016 I received SS payments but paid no taxes and I made more than I was allowed to according to the IRS SS rules so was set up on a payment plan @ $100/moth. It is now 2020 and I am 67 as of February and they are still taking $100/month to pay back the SS money. At the same time, they stopped paying me my SS money since 2016 - March 2020 to pay back the SS I received in 2016. This looks to me like double or more payback to the IRS. They say there is still a balance due. I think they OWE ME money. I do I resolve this?


Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 09:33

What Can I Do To Make Social Security Accept A Minimal Pay Back Plan?

I am on unemployment in NY dues to covid as of march 23 2020... I was working and collecting
my Social security at the same time.... Now they tell me I made too much money ..I am 66
The additiional money earned was supposed tpo help us live now they want $9000.00 Back as over payment !
What was the point of working and how can I ever payh back 9000 $$ ??

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 12:59

How Do I Handle This Situation?

I applied for divorced spouse benefits in early 2015 when I was 68 after receiving notification that I could be entitled to this benefit. I told Social Security I did not want this benefit if it affected my account in any way. I was subsequently approved for this benefit and received a lump sum payment in late 2015. I submitted a request to end this benefit and start receiving retirement benefits from my own account effective June 2016 when I was 69. During the time I was receiving divorced spouse benefits Social Security suspended my retirement account.

Saturday, July 11, 2020 - 10:50

Why Is This Father Liable For Repaying Benefits His Ex-Wife Fraudulently Collected?

Long story short. The mother committed fraud and received the benefits for years. Lost custody of the children. Father gets custody gets hurt on job applies for benefits finds out the mom has been getting SSDI for the daughter. They are divorced have been for years. Now they are coming after him for the money 20k. He just got custody of the children. Why is he responsible.


Monday, June 15, 2020 - 17:56

Why Is Social Security Making Me Pay So Much Back Each Month?

I turned 66 feb 3, 2020. I am drawing half of my husbands social security. My question is 1994 I was drawing s.s.disability from back surgery and injury. I later was able to work some part time. I went to get work release each time. I went back to work full time 6 yrs ago. When I went in feb. to start drawing they said they over paid me in disability,ty benefits $21,000.00 so I had to pay back over half of my monthly check and repay. I will only get $300 each month for 3 yrs until -aid. Instead of $1028 a month.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 10:14
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