I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today. I have been a licensed attorney for more than 3 decades and I handle social security issues.
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I am not sure where you read the information that you referred to, however, the 10 year limitation period runs from the date that social security first makes the determination that an overpayment has been made. The 10 years does not run from the actual date of the overpayment.
So if social security determined that you were overpaid, and they came to that conclusion less than 10 years ago, they are still allowed to collect from you now, even if the overpayment was made 20 or 30 years ago.
Here is a link to the operating manual for social security that sets out the law as regards ***** ***** year period. https://secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0202210003
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