If you have received a Notice of Overpayment from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you may be wondering what is going to happen next. Social Security Overpayments can be confusing and cause an unnecessary hassle when you are already dealing with health issues and disability. If you do receive one of these notices, you should immediately contact a Social Security lawyer to handle the situation. You should not face the SSA alone. Call attorney Marc J. Shefman today at (888) 282-0719.
Reasons for Social Security Overpayments
There are many reasons that the SSA may believe there has been an overpayment. The SSA may believe that your income, resources, marital status, or living situation has changed. If any of these changes occur, you should notify the SSA. However, sometimes the SSA sends out these notices for reasons that are unknown to the disabled individual.
What to Do If You Are Overpaid
A Notice of Overpayment can be scary. The notice will tell you how much you were overpaid and it will likely state that you must send the money back to the SSA within 30 days. However, you should not panic. You have options.
First, you should review the information on the Notice of Overpayment. Determine if the information is correct. Are the amounts they state you were overpaid correct. Also, check the dates of overpayment. Try to determine if you were really overpaid and their statement is accurate.
You have options:
Request a reconsideration. This is an appeal of your case determination that there was an overpayment. If you believe the amount of overpayment was wrong or the reason the SSA stated you were overpaid is not true, then you should request that the SSA review your case again.
Request a waiver. If you decide that you were overpaid, you may ask the SSA to waive the amount so that you are not responsible for paying it back. The SSA may be more likely to grant a waiver if the overpayment was not your fault or you can’t afford to pay the money back.
Request a payment arrangement. If the overpayment is correct, but you are unable to pay the full amount within 30 days, you may be able to request a payment arrangement to spread out the repayment. Based on your income, the SSA may be inclined to allow you to make smaller payments.
Whatever you decide to do about your overpayment, you should do so quickly. You only have 30 days to request one of the options above before the SSA will begin taking money from your future disability checks.
If the SSA Denies Your Requests, You Can Appeal
If you request reconsideration, a waiver, or a payment arrangement and the SSA denies these requests, then you may submit an appeal. However, you have a limited amount of time to submit an appeal. If a reconsideration is denied, you have 60 days to appeal.
Contact a Social Security Attorney Today
If you have received a Notice of Overpayment, don’t delay. Contact attorney Marc J. Shefman today at (888) 282-0719.