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The subject of Social Security Disability or SSI and garnishment
Whenever the subject of Social Security Disability or SSI disability benefits and garnishment comes up, I typically tell someone "No, commercial debt collectors have no basis on which to garnish your disability benefits. The only time your disability benefit can be touched is when the issue regards arrears in child support or a debt owed to the federal government, such as income tax or student loans".
Here is the portion of the social security act that substantiates the government's position on this, from section 207 of the social security act:
"...none of the moneys paid or payable or rights existing under this title shall be subject to execution, levy, attachment, garnishment, or other legal process, or to the operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law."
If you are receiving Social Security disability, there are other reasons your disability benefits may be reduced. Social Security allows SSDI benefits to be garnished for child support (both present and arrears), a valid court order of victim restitution, alimony, money owed to the IRS, and other unpaid government loans or debts. However, Social Security does not allow creditors to garnish your Social Security disability benefits.
1. Can my disability benefits be garnished for unpaid fines?
2. If I owe property tax, can my city or county government garnish my Social Security retirement check?
3. If I owe taxes, can the Federal government garnish my Social Security retirement check?
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
How do you find out how your disability claim is going?
Filing an SSI disability appeal
The chances of winning with a Social Security disability judge
Social Security Disability and ESRD, End Stage Renal Disease
Filing and qualifying for disability with melanoma
Can I apply for benefits with bipolar?
How to file for disability in North Carolina NC
Doctor who does the Social Security Disability Medical Exam
Filing a disability appeal is how most cases are won
Doctors who work for Social Security and their qualifications
Can You File For Disability While Receiving Unemployment?
Are Social Security Disability Claims Based On Back Pain Usually Turned Down?
How much does disability pay?
How long will you get disability after an award notice?
If Social Security sends you to a psychiatrist
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
Social Security Disability attorneys and representatives
What is the status of your social security disability or SSI case
Rules and requirements to apply for disability
Will I qualify for disability?
Apply for disability for any medical condition
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
If your disability claim is approved or denied
Social Security Award letter for SSD, SSI
Temporary Social Security Disability SSI
Social Security Disability SSI reviews
How social security evaluates attention deficit
Filing for disability with Post polio syndrome
Tips for Getting Disability Approved
How far back Social Security will pay SSDI or SSI
SSI award notices are received by approved claimants
Winning and getting disability with a mental condition
Getting disability for rheumatoid arthritis
Can you work if you get Disability?
Who qualifies for SSI and how
How to file for disability and where to apply
Conditions that may qualify as disability
Denied on a disability application
Answering questions at a Social Security Disability hearing