Millions of Americans rely on Social Security benefits during retirement in order to get by, so incorrect statements or payments can cause concern.
Sometimes this will happen, and when it does, you need to take care of it quickly.
Why you need to fix issues with Social Security quickly
While the SSA determines your benefits for you, it’s important to double check them yourself to be sure you aren’t being over, or underpaid.
Sometimes the SSA will make a mistake and pay you too much.
Despite this being their mistake, you will need to pay it back.
If you fail to acknowledge notices or bills sent by the SSA, they can withhold your benefits until it’s paid back.
This may cause you to suffer financially.
Sometimes the SSA doesn’t pay you enough, and you end up being owed more money.
How to fix mistakes made by the SSA
There are ways to change incorrect statements and payments.
Sometimes the SSA will notify that you are being overpaid when you don’t think you are.
In this case you can appeal their decision by filing form SSA-561-U2.
If you were overpaid and can’t afford to pay it back, you can file form SSA-632.
You must send them to your local Social Security office.
You may also call the SSA at 800-772-1213 for more information or help.
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