Sunday, April 19, 2009



Can SSI Disability Benefits be Garnished?

I've written before that while SSD, or social security disability benefits, can only be attached by outside entities (i.e. entities other than the social security administration itself) for very limited number of reasons and in a limited number of scenarios, SSI disability benefits cannot be attached at all.

In fact, I wrote that years ago on www.disabilitysecrets.com.

Well, recently I received an email from a very well known social security disability attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia, Jonathan Ginsberg. Jonathan asked if I knew what the statutory or regulatory source for this might be.

Knowing something, of course, is not the same thing as substantiating it. And in my particular case, I have both the advantage of varied work experience (former caseworker in nearly every program there is, former disability examiner for social security, and working in claimant representation) and the advantage of being married to someone who, like me, is a former examiner, but is also a social security field office claims rep (not to mention the fact that I know a number of claims reps and can draw upon them as informational resources).

The answer to this question can be found here: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/deposit/DDFAQ898.htm

If you'll note at the bottom of the page, social security poses the question Can Social Security benefits be garnished by creditors to pay a debt?, provides the circumstances under which this occurs, and then states at the bottom of the page, NOTE: Supplemental Security Income payments cannot be levied or garnished.






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