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Can my social security payments be garnished?

by | Feb 28, 2023 | SSD - Social Security Disability |

While Social Security Disability Insurance benefits cannot be garnished by creditors to satisfy a debt,  benefits can be garnished in accordance with state law. Social Security will withhold current and continuing benefits if you have a legal obligation to pay child support, alimony, court ordered restitution.

If you have overdue federal tax debts, Social Security can withhold up to 15% of each Social Security Disability Insurance payment until the debt is paid.

If you owe a non-tax debt to other federal agencies, such as federal student loans, Social Security Disability Insurance payments can be withheld under the Debt Collection Act of 1996.

Supplemental Security Income cannot be garnished by creditors or the federal government to satisfy delinquent debts.


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