Receiving Social Security Survivor Benefits?

My 9 year old child's father passed away 14 months ago. I've been getting death benefits for her since his passing. I have been using them for her, but haven't kept record of it :( I have had it deposited into my account and use it as needed.

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When I had my phone appointment to set it up I asked how detailed of a record I needed to keep and the person from the Social Security office told me no receipts required just write down roughly what's spent every month and what's saved. I just had to fill out the yearly account for what was spent and saved and I didn't tell the entire truth, everything was spent on my child. but I thought it would look better if I said some was saved. I reported that I saved almost 4k. Bad I know. Can I call and tell them that I didn't really understand the paperwork and change it and also tell them that I didn't keep good records, but will start from now on? I'm kind of freaking out.

By chels91

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April 12, 20150 found this helpful

It sounds like you got yourself caught between a rock and a hard place. Why did you lie? I don't know how you could have saved $4,000 in that short of time frame. Are you aware that using the money for your daughter includes things like paying part of the rent/mortgage, utilities, laundry expenses, food, car expenses, clothing, entertainment, school supplies, school activities, etc.

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Your best bet would be to talk to your local Social Security Office about your problem.

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April 13, 20150 found this helpful

Of course, we all know about hind site...

I believe you should do as the first responder advised. Maybe you could provide a true report and just explain that you just misunderstood and make a mistake in reporting incorrectly.

Be sure you understand what true support consists of or seek help before giving another report.

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