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Can your disability check be garnished?
Yes, your disability check can be garnished. The reasons can be child support and taxes even across state lines. This happened to me. Yes I am speaking from experience not some law book or hear say. You have no protected income.
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NO, your SS benefits would be exempt under federal law. However, avoid co-mingleing funds in the same account as your SSD benefits.
Generally now with a few exceptions, depending on where you live. Here is the pecking order for garnishments: 1) Taxes 2) Criminal Fines (Usually related to restitution …or fraud) 3) Child Support (limited amount can be taken - depends on the other two) 4) Punitive law suits 5) Creditor action from judgments All those can be taken from your benefit check(s). Some states may allow other garnishments but usually they follow federal laws. If it is a simple debt like a credit card, your 401K and disability cannot be touched. If you hurt or kill someone while you are driving drunk, you cannot escape having to pay, which is proper and just. Most jurisdictions require an extra 10% of the garnishment to be withheld, just in case. Example: you get garnered for $100. The courts force your bank to hold $110.00. Note: if you or your spouse own anything of significant value generally those can be forcibly taken, sold, and proceeds applied to the garnisher's claim by a Conversion of Collateral. If your spouse is financially well-to-do, it is quite possible they can take THEIR money to satisfy YOUR problem, if you have a joint bank account or file tax returns jointly.
AS SOMEONE WHO USED TO WORK FOR THE DEPT OF EDUCATION. IT IS TRUE, BECAUSE THE DEPT OF EDUCATION IS A FEDERAL AGENCY AND SSI AND DISS IS CONSIDERED TO BE A FEDERAL APPRO…VED PROGRAM, THEY ARE ALLOWED TO INTERCEPT IT UP TO 25% BASED ON THE AMOUNT YOU GET MONTHLY. IF THIS DOES OCCUR, THE OFFSET (GARNISHMENT) WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE FULL BALANCE OF THE LOAN IS PAID OFF OR YOU DIE! SO BEST THING TO DO IS PAY BEFORE THIS HAPPENS. - THEY ALLOW YOU A 65 DAY PERIOD FROM THE DAY THE LETTER IS MAILED OUT TO YOUR HOME ADDRESS, TO GET ON AN APPROVED ARRANGMENT FOR YOU LOAN.
No. If a creditor other than the federal government tries to garnish your Social Security benefits, inform them that such an action violates Section 207 of the Social Security… Act (42 U.S.C. 407). Additional Information I only work as a paralegal at a judgment recovery firm which handles wage garnishments and bank account garnishments to collect money from judgments which have already been settled, I am not an attorney and I recommend you speak to one for legal advice. With that said, the basic answer is no they cannot. When pursuing for instance a bank account garnishment the law firm is required to send you a form notifying you of the garnishment action and included in this paperwork are some discovery forms where you will be asked a series of questions which they use to try and find other ways to collect such as other accounts you may have, etc. Included in this discovery is a form called "Claim of Exemption" where you have the option of saying that you are exempt from all or part of the garnishment because of reasons that you check off or write in. One of the options is social security benefits, which are specifically listed as exemptable income. Among various other things once you file this you say that they cannot take this money. Your money will remain frozen which is what happens when they move to garnish your account. The simple act of filing this though will prevent them from moving for a final judgment of garnishment which moves to actually have bank take the frozen money and send it to the firm. Now in my experience there are plenty bogus exemption claims, but when the exemption was for social security payments and the claim was valid, the case is usually dropped. occasionally usually on demand by the client the firm may move ahead with a hearing for an objection to your claim of exemption but if the claim is valid then even when defendants appear pro se (without an attorney) the exemption claim has ALWAYS been sustained by the judge and the objection overturned and soon after your money will no longer be frozen. Once again I advise you to speak to a licensed attorney for legal advice, this is just what I observe at our particular office as ONLY a paralegal. Good luck.
Yeah by the Feds, IRS for back taxes (student loans) Dept of Education
It can be garnished by the federal government. Federal student loans, IRS debt, ect. Also if you owe back child support or alimony payments, it can be garnished. However, it c…annot be garnished by regular creditors.
Generally not, except for Federal debts (Federal taxes) and child support or alimony. Generally, Social Security benefits are exempt from execution, levy, attachmen…t, garnishment, or other legal process, or from the operation of any bankruptcy or insolvency law. The exceptions are that benefits are subject: (1) to the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to make levies for the collection of delinquent Federal taxes and under certain circumstances delinquent child support payments; and (2) to garnishment or similar legal process brought by an individual to enforce a child support or alimony obligation. Section 207 of the Social Security Act provides: "The right of any person to any future payment under this title shall not be transferable or assignable, at law or in equity, and 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." However, section 6331 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (26 U.S.C. 6331) which was enacted into law on August 16, 1954, after the enactment of section 207, gives the Secretary of the Treasury the right to levy or seize for collection of delinquent Federal taxes, property, rights to property, whether real or personal, tangible, or intangible and the right to make successive levies and seizures until the amount due, together with all expenses, is fully paid.
yes, in a way it can be garnished. my brother wrote some bad checks went to court over it and they garnished his check after it hit his bank account. the bank and the court ha…d it set up to where the amount would be withdrawn shortly after the deposit was made. ....NO, only if you fail to answer a court hearing and get a judgement against you, THEN, fail to invoke your exemption status ! Only in the cases of back taxes and back child support can Social Security be taken from your account. That is, unless you fail to claim your exemption, then the bank will forward it on ..gotta get off your a$$ to the the above answer.
I have the same question and it took some time to get an answer...everthing I had read on the web for this question was an unrelenting "they can garnish and take anything." Ra…ther cruel I thought but I emailed a counselor with the Dept. of Ed. and they wont garnish a benefit over $750. Amounts above this they take the offset.
Yes, SSD, SSID and other public and private disability benefits are subject to garnishment for child support obligations when a valid court order exists.
Yes, by the federal government only. The IRS, federal student loans, ect. Regular creditors can not.
Yes but only for IRS debt and child support and only at 15%
If your disablity is from the Gov. no one can touch it unless you have it in a bank acct. If you just get the checks and cash them, NO they cannot garnish any disablity checks… if they are from the government, just don't do direct deposit.
yes,ssd backpay will be taken.ssi cannot be touched
In Federal Laws
The quick answer is No. VA Compensation can only be "attached" for federal tax purposes. It can also be Apportioned if dependents are not living with the veteran. The correct …course of law is not to go to court to divide the VA Compensation. That would be like asking them to split up a food stamp card. You would go back to the Food Stamp office and update your information and get separate card. For VA Apportionment it is very similar and legally called an Apportionment. When a person separates from a Veteran, they need to go to a Veteran Services office and request help completing VA Form 21-4138. A spouse can apply for benefit apportionment for themselves until a divorce is complete and any children in their custody. During the divorce you are still the spouse and a dependent. Once a final divorce decree is made, only children will remain as dependents. The parent or guardian needs to have the State Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) complete a copy of vba-21-4138. The OCSE should complete the form. They need to specifically state how much child support is awarded based on NOT including any payments under Title 38. They also need to specifically identify a monetary amount for the "NEED" of the child. This can be either the state standard or based on special needs as long as documentation is provided. The USDVA needs this to see the exact amount needed to fill the gap. Any conditions of abuse or other factors of the child's life should be included with documentation. These will also be taken into consideration.
can the state of maryland garnish my government disability check for back taxes owed the state of maryland ?no they cannot, u.s.gov. disability or social security cannot be ga…rnished, Except for child support and Federal TAXES.