Garnishing Social Security Disability Benefits
Whenever the subject of Social Security Disability or SSI disability benefits and garnishment comes up, I typically tell someone "No, commercial debt collectors have no basis on which to garnish your disability benefits. The only time your disability benefit can be touched is when the issue regards arrears in child support or a debt owed to the federal government, such as income tax or student loans". However, I had never read the portion of the social security act that substantiates the government's position on this. Well, here it is, from section 207 of the social security act:
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.
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