Social Security to Review Program Used to Collect Debts

On April 14, 2014, Carol W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security directed an immediate halt to attempts by the agency to collect debts owed to the agency that are 10 years old and older.  Many of these debts resulted from overpayments assessed to Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income recipients decades ago and the debt has carried to the children of the recipients.  The agency has seized tax refunds to help recoup the debt.  The agency will be conducting a review of the program.  If you hhave been assessed with an overpayment for which you do not believe you are responsible, you are urged to contact the Social Security Administration  and request an explanation or seek options to resolve the overpayment.  Many of these overpayments occurred due to incorrect payments made to a parent or guardian on behalf of a child.  If an overpayment occurred, the child could be held responsible years later.