I was informed over a year ago that I had an overpayment with social security so I made arrangements to pay them back, I have made the payments every month and they still took my entire tax return. Can they do this although I'm still making payments?
Unfortunately, yes. Social Security can recoup overpayments a number of ways: reducing your current monthly benefit, reducing amounts of back due benefits received, and/or seizing governmental payments (income tax returns). While Social Security may work with individuals to repay overpayments in installments and not seize tax returns, they do not always do so. Seem like it can vary from office to office and employee to employee.
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