SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home1907. How are overpayments recovered?

Overpayments are generally recovered by means of:

  1. Refund;

  2. Adjustment or withholding of benefits payable;

  3. Compromise settlement;

  4. Civil suit; or

  5. Existing debt collection tools, including tax refund offset, administrative offset, administrative wage garnishment, Federal salary offset and credit bureau reporting.

  6. Adjustment of SSA benefits to recover an SSI overpayment when the SSI recipient is no longer receiving SSI payments.

Last Revised: Jan. 23, 2007