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Can You Lose Your Social Security Over Delinquent Debt?

Robin Hartill tackles a very important question for those collecting Social Security who have some debt.  While private creditors cannot garnish Social Security checks there are some scenarios where delinquent debt could result in smaller Social Security checks.  They are below, and see the full article here.

  • You’re behind on your federal student loans. Social Security can withhold up to 15% of your benefit if you’re behind on student loans; the first $750/month is off limits.
  • You owe back taxes. The IRS can garnish up to 15% of your benefits if you have delinquent taxes; the first $750 isn’t protected.
  • You’ve been ordered to pay child support or alimony. 
  • You owe court-ordered restitution to a victim as part of a criminal case. 


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