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Can The Amount Of The Benefit Be Reduced By Garnishment?


Garnishment is a legal proceeding in which a creditor gets the right to be paid part of your salary directly from your employer to pay a debt.

In addition to taking part of your salary before you get your hands on it, a garnishment lets your employer know you are behind in your debt. Some employers have been known to fire employees if a garnishment occurs.

Social Security disability benefits are not subject to garnishment (or levy or assignment), except in the following five instances:

  • By a court order to enforce child support and/or alimony obligations
  • To collect unpaid federal taxes
  • If you agree, to pay the Internal Revenue Service to satisfy your federal income tax liability for the current year
  • To pay another federal agency for a non-tax debt that you owe to that agency
  • To the Internal Revenue Service for overdue federal tax debts. The maximum that can be taken is up to 15% of each monthly payment until the debt is paid.

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