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Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Overpayments

A Practical Guide

By Barbara Samuels

The Social Security Administration, in recent years, has developed a collection agency mentality in collecting social security and Supplemental Security Income overpayments. Claimants who have good overpayment defenses increasingly require legal assistance. Advocates need to understand liability for overpayments, the agency's collection methods, a claimant's options for challenging an alleged overpayment, how to develop an overpayment case, alternatives if overpayment defenses fail, and defensive tactics to prevent or limit overpayments.

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