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Returning Checks To The Social Security Office

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

134. Returning Checks To The Social Security Office

134.1 When must you return checks to the Social Security Administration?

If you received a check from us and you are not entitled to the payment, you must return the check. Returning checks helps permit prompt payment when you become entitled and may save you from the possible penalties described in §§1820, 1828, and 1831.

134.2 How do you return Social Security checks?

Return the check to the Regional Financial Center (RFC), U.S. Treasury Department, using the address on the check envelope. If you prefer, you may return the check to the Social Security office. That office will give you a receipt for the check and will return the check to the U.S. Treasury Department. When returning a check, give the reason why it is being returned.

Last Revised: Jan. 23, 2007

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There are 6 Comments

my husband died on february 27, 2010. His security check is usually depoisted in his account on the 2nd of the month. do I have to return his check?

he died after 3 of month no they on are a month behind and if they ask for it back like they did me do not you still had to pay bills for him there month behind

HI, MY NAME IS B T MCK, I WAS WONDERING I HAD GOT (2) SSI CHECKS IN THE MAIL AMOUNT OF $420.--, & I WONDERING IF I HAD 2 RETURN THE 2ND CHECK THAT I GOT IN THE MAIL OR DO I KEEP IT? THE 2ND ONE SHOWED UP THE MAIL THE DAY AFTER THE FIRST ONE DID! I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE CHECK THAT WAS MAILED TO ME THE NEXT DAY? PLEASE SEND ME A E-MAIL AT bar__ @yahoo.com (ASAP) THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP WITH MY CONCERN! :)

When my son started receiving his benefits, I , (his payee) received 2 checks within several days of each other, not knowing I cashed them both. Subsequently, to re-pay the overpayment, for the next year $70.00 was taken from his benefits every month until re-paid. When in doubt, ....call.


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