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When we notify you of an overpayment, and you agree that you’ve been paid too much, you have options for repaying it.

If you are receiving Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, we will withhold from your monthly benefit.

If you’re no longer receiving Social Security benefits or SSI payments, you have several options to repay your overpayment. You can securely repay your overpayment online using Your overpayment notice includes a unique Remittance ID that you will need to make a payment. You may also use your bank or financial institution’s online bill payment option. You can search for “Social Security Administration” as the payee.

You have the right to appeal the overpayment decision or request we waive (not collect) the overpayment.

We may stop collection of the overpayment if:

  • You are not at fault in creating the overpayment.
  • Paying it back would cause you financial hardship or be unfair for some other reason.

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How to Request a Waiver of an Overpayment

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