When you received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in the past, you received
more than you should have. Our records show that you still owe us $____________. The
U.S. Congress passed a law that permits us to collect SSI overpayments by withholding
from your Special Veterans Benefits (SVB). (However, we are not permitted to withhold
from any State recognition payment that may be included in your monthly SVB payment.)
We plan to do that by withholding 10 percent of your monthly SVB payment until we
collect the amount you owe. Using the monthly SVB payment you are now paid, we will
collect $__________ each month. Beginning _________________ you will be paid $__________
each month. Once the SSI overpayment has been fully recovered, your full monthly SVB
payment will resume.
What You Can Do
We will begin the above withholding unless, within 30 days of the date of this letter,
Pay us back the full amount you owe,
Ask us to review our finding that you still owe us the amount stated above,
Ask us to withhold a different amount, or
How to Pay Us Back
Make your check or money order payable to “Social Security Administration,” and send
it to us in the enclosed envelope. Be sure to include your claim number on the check
or money order.
Do You Think You Do Not Owe This Money?
You may ask us to review our finding that you owe the money. You may have evidence
to show that you already paid some or all of the money or that we previously waived
collection of it. If so, give us this evidence when you ask for review. We will review
the evidence you give us and the information we have. We will send you a letter with
our decision. If we find that you do not owe us this amount, then we will correct
If you want a review, you must tell us within 60 days from the date of this letter.
If you do so within the first 30 days, we will not begin to withhold money until we
examine your case and send you a letter with our decision.
Do You Want Us to Withhold A Different Amount?
You may ask us to withhold a different amount than the one we propose. If you ask
us within 30 days from the date of this letter, we will not begin to withhold money
from your SVB payments until we decide the amount we will withhold. We will send you
a letter about our decision.
How to Request a Review or A Different Amount of Withholding
To request a review or a different amount of withholding, write to us at the address
shown at the top of this letter. If you prefer, you may make your request through
any Social Security office, United States Embassy or consulate, or the U.S. Veterans
Affairs Regional Office in Manila, Philippines. If you do visit one of these offices,
please take this letter with you.
If You Think You Should Not Have to Pay Us Back
You may not have to pay back the overpayment. Sometimes we can waive the collection
of an overpayment. For us to waive the collection of the overpayment, two things have
to be true.
It wasn't your fault that you got too much SSI money.
Paying us back would mean you can't pay your bills for food, clothing, housing, medical
care or other necessary expenses, or it would be unfair for some other reason.
If you think both are true about you, contact any Social Security office, United States
Embassy or consulate, or the U.S. Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Manila, Philippines
to request a waiver. If you ask for waiver within 30 days from the date of this letter,
we will not begin to withhold money from your SVB payments until we decide if we can
waive collection. If you ask for waiver after 30 days, we will stop collecting the
overpayment while we decide if we can waive collection.
If You Have Any Questions
If you have any questions, you can write to us at the address at the top of this letter.
If you prefer, you may contact any Social Security office, United States Embassy or
consulate, or the U.S. Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Manila, Philippines. If
you visit one of these offices, please take this letter with you.