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When is an individual "without fault" in receiving an overpayment?

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

1915. When is an individual "without fault" in receiving an overpayment?

"Without fault" means that the overpayment did not result from your lack of care, such as:

  1. Furnishing full and accurate information affecting basic rights to benefit payment;

  2. Complying with annual earnings and other reporting requirements; and

  3. Returning checks believed not due.

Even if we caused the overpayment, you must show that you are without fault.

Last Revised: March, 2001

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