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The IRS can garnish up to 15% of your Social Security check unless you work out an alternate repayment plan or are categorized as "uncollectible" due to income and expenses.

If your Social Security benefits are in a bank account that has funds from other sources, the IRS may levy the account and take a larger amount.

It would be in your best interest to contact the IRS to discuss your options.
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