Paying Back Survivor's Benefits

My father died when I was around 12 and my mother collected survivor's benifts on my behalf. When I was 17, I started working and making a lot of money. So now my mother owes that money back. I am 19 now and I am wondering if the government will come after my tax refund to settle that debt?


By Jack R

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March 25, 20150 found this helpful

The source for an answer to your question is the Social Security Administration. You can call or visit a local office for further help.

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March 25, 20150 found this helpful

You are going to have to talk to your local Social Security Office to find out the answer.

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March 27, 20150 found this helpful

First - let me congratulate you on finding such a well paying job! You and/or your mother will have to visit the Social Security office to find out if in fact you have to pay anything back.


There are several questions the SS office will probably use/ask:
Did you continue living with your mother after you starting making "a lot of money"?
Were/are you still going to school?
Did your mother furnish any/all of your support after that date?
Did you file with IRS since you were 17 and making money on your own?
Is your mother still drawing benefits?

Please visit the SS office and get all of this cleared up as it is illegal to continue if the benefits are not used as stated.

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