Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Why do social security disability and ssi overpayments happen?

Disability benefit overpayments (both social security disability and SSI) happen for a variety of reasons. Some overpayments are caused by the disability beneficiary and others are not.

Overpayments are often created due to work activity on the part of the disability beneficiary,resulting in an overpayment of monthly benefits to the beneficiary and their dependents. Performing SGA---in other words, earning more gross monthly income than the allowed limit for SGA or substantial gainful activity---may suspend your monthly benefit.

Additionally, some overpayments are caused by disability medical cessations. What does this mean? It means that the state agency responsible for reviewing your file every few years (see CDRs) has determined that you have had medical improvement and are no longer disabled according to Social Security rules and regulations.

In such situations, if a benefit recipient has elected to continue receiving benefits while they appeal their cessation and then lose their disability appeal, they will have been overpaid and will be responsible for paying this money back.

In somewhat rarer instances, of course, it may be that the Social Security administration has paid a disability benefits recipient too much money due to a computational error, which may not be the fault of the recipient.

Therefore, if you receive a letter from Social Security stating you have an overpayment, you should contact your local Social Security office to determine the cause of the overpayment and to make arrangements to resolve the overpayment.

What should you do if you have been assessed an overpayment of disability benefits? For more information, refer to this page:

What should you do when a disability overpayment happens?

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

What should you do when a social security disability or ssi overpayment occurs?
How Do You Avoid, and What causes, a Social Security Disability Overpayment?
Why do social security disability and ssi overpayments happen?
Social Security made a mistake and assessed an overpayment and stopped benefits
Social Security Disability Waiver of Overpayment
Getting a Waiver of a Social Security Disability Overpayment

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 answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

How to file for disability, SSD or SSI
How to file for Disability and what medical conditions qualify
How long will it take to get disability?
What if your disability gets denied?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How to get disability with a mental condition
How long for Social Security Disability Back pay
Social Security Disability SSI eligibility