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Can the IRS garnish a Veterans pension?

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Yes, the Treasury Department can garnish Veterans' and Social Security benefits for a limited number of reasons:
  • Repay child support arrears
  • Unpaid alimony
  • Delinquent federal taxes (IRS)
  • Debt to other federal agencies (even the VA)

Generally, the government only withholds 15% of the benefit amount for government debt, but they often garnish larger amounts for mandatory alimony and child support payments.

The only benefits the US government can't attach are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, a form of welfare for the disabled and retired people age 65 and older.
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