I received Survivor benefits after my father's death . I turned 18 in 1996. I got a letter stating I must repay $2500 of "overpayment" that I received in 1996. They apparently continued to send me benefits after I graduated from HS. I continued on to college in Sept. 1996. What are my rights here? Seriously, they want me to pay them $2500 for a mistake they made in 1996?
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Yes, the taxpayers would like to be repaid, and there is no statute of limitations. There is a right to apply for waiver of the overpayment which requires proof that you were not at fault and repaying would be a financial hardship. There could be a fact issue regarding notice of high school graduation if you were required to report it. For a more precise analysis of your rights, consult an experienced Social Security or elder law attorney in your locale.
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My colleague is correct. There is no statute of limitations.
if you do not think you were overpaid you can file an appeal. If you acknowledge you were overpaid, you can ask for a waiver. Or you can set up a payment plan. However, those are your options.
Hope that helps Best of luck to you.
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