Social Security Overpayments
Overpayment occurs when a beneficiary receives more money than the usual amount he/she should have been given or paid in a month. Usually, the amount of an overpayment is the difference between the amount one receives and the amount due.
Social security overpayment arises when a claimant fails to report a change or if a change has been reported and the Social Security Administration did not make the corresponding adjustments to one’s benefits. For instance, a claimant fails to report that he has started working or that his child has moved out and the child has been getting child support, he may receive overpayment.
Social Security Administration generally sends out notices to claimants who receive overpayment in their social security benefit checks. The notice of overpayment often indicates how much the overpaid amount was, and asks the claimant to send back the overpayment within 30 days.
Our skilled social security overpayments lawyer in Los Angeles can help you deal with issues involving your social security overpayments as well as represent you in various social security and disability hearings and appeals.
Generally, a claimant has three options to deal with an overpayment:
- He/she can ask for reconsideration or review of the file, if the claimant thinks the overpaid amount is wrong or the SSA’s cited reason for overpayment is erroneous.
- A claimant may ask for a waiver if he agrees that he is overpaid and ask the SSA to waive it so that he does not have to pay it back. Or if he believes the overpayment was not his/her fault and he/she cannot afford to pay the money back, he can ask for a waiver.
- He/ she can ask for a payment arrangement in case the overpayment was his fault and h/she can afford to pay it back. In this case, a claimant may ask the SSA for a payment scheme or plan.
With assistance from our experienced California social security attorneys, you can be assured of effective and reliable representation in your social security and disability benefits and claims, including overpayment issues.
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