Survivor's Benefits Overpayment

I am 18 years old with a 18 year old girlfriend. We have a beautiful daughter together that I love with all my heart. But here is the trick, I get a SS check for my father dying while I was still in school.

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When my girlfriend gave birth I was forced to drop out to go to work to provide for them, but kept getting my check every month. I know this was wrong, but the check was the only thing getting us by. Now 9 months after I dropped out I have to file taxes for the year of 2013 and I'm worried.

What's the worst that could happen? and what are the steps to making it right? My family can't afford for me to be locked up and I just need advise. Please reply as quickly as possible. Thank you.

By a.m

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February 27, 20140 found this helpful
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Your best answer would be to talk to your local Social Security Office. My guess is you will be expected to pay all or part of it back.

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February 28, 20140 found this helpful
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I certainly agree that you need to go to your SS office as soon as possible so you will know where you stand.

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I would like to add that I applaud you for wanting to do the right thing as I know some people would not take this stand and just wait to see if they were ever "caught".

I do not know how much money you make each month but you may be eligible for some sort of assistance and even a small amount might help.

According to what solution the SS offers you, it may be wise to try and get some legal advise. Go to your local church and see if they can recommend someone to help you.

I hope they will let you pay it off in small monthly payments.
Good luck and please - go to your SS office and do not take advise from just "anyone".

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November 2, 20170 found this helpful

The IRS is not the big bad wolf they have been made out to be. After you have filed your taxes your return will reflect any taxes you owe be it Federal taxes, Social Security or Medicare. If you can not pay what you owe at the time you file don't worry.

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They will send you a notice about what you owe, at that time you call make arrangements to make payments. The payments are generally very manageable. I hope this helped ease you worries.

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February 28, 20140 found this helpful

Can't you take some classes at night to help you get your education and to keep your check? Find out and be honest about it. Honesty is always the best policy.

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February 28, 20140 found this helpful

You will most likely have to pay it back. Hopefully they will let you do it over time. Getting locked up is very unlikely. Good luck to you.

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