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Can your social security check be garnished?

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Can your social security check be garnished?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.

Hi Larry. I'm PDtax, and will assist.

Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.

There are several different types of collection and garnishment. Can you clarify the kind of debt you are asking about?

Also, clarify the type of benefit you receive from social security, as rights are different, depending on the type of benefit.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I get regular social security each month
Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.

Social security can be garnished for federal income taxes to a maximum of 15%.

In addition, from SSA:

"We can withhold Social Securitybenefits to enforce your legal obligation to pay child support, alimony or restitution. State laws determine a valid garnishment order. "

Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.

Those are the only attacks at the source that are allowed. Judgment creditors can pursue your benefits once deposited in a bank account, but your benefits are typically protected from things like credit card or other consumer debt judgments.

Expert:  PDtax replied 1 year ago.

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