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Can Disability Benefits Be Garnished By Creditors?
Posted in: Benefits on February 29th, 2012

disabilityThose who receive disability benefits know how hard the process of obtaining benefits can be. The reliance on benefits for one’s livelihood is huge for those who receive benefits, which is why any threat to the assistance income is stressful. Unfortunately, there are some instances in which Social Security benefits may be at risk for seizure or garnishment.

Downside of Debts

While the average creditor cannot garnish government assistance income for debt collection purposes, there are some exceptions. Credit card companies, medical providers and mortgage and car lenders cannot go after Social Security benefits when attempting to collect on a debt, but the government itself can.

Unpaid taxes and back due child support payments are two instances in which government assistance checks can be garnished for payment collection. Both the IRS and local court systems take this type of debt collection very seriously and may be able to seize a portion of one’s benefits check in order to satisfy payment. Once these funds are garnished for payment, a beneficiary will have to pursue legal avenues for getting the order reversed and is not likely to be eligible to recover the garnished funds.

 

 

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