- How WEP Effects Benefits - Read More → . . . . .
- Filing for Social Security Benefits Retroactively - Read More → . . . . .
- MySocialSecurity Account Trouble - Read More → . . . . .
- Social Security Reduction for the Self-Employed - Read More → . . . . .
- Spousal and Dependent Benefits - Read More → . . . . .
- Happy Holidays! - Read More → . . . . .
- Timing Your First Benefits Check - Read More → . . . . .
- 2019 COLA Changes - Read More → . . . . .
- Happy Thanksgiving! - Read More → . . . . .
- Overcoming Privacy Concerns With Divorced Spouse Benefits - Read More → . . . . .
I received the following question recently:
“I need to repay my Social Security benefits after withdrawing my application. I filed in September of 2017 and withdrew in September of 2018. I got a letter saying my withdrawal application was approved and it told me how much I had to repay, but there is no due date on the letter. Nobody at the Social Security office seems to know the answer about when it is due”
Consult the POMS
I have to admit I had to look this one up. Something this detailed is best answered by the official operations manual of Social Security, called the “POMS”, which stands for Program Operations Manual System. The answer can be found on this page of the POMS:
Benefits Repayment Due in…
I will save you from reading that entire page by summarizing the process as;
- SS sends the letter described with the repayment amount and an envelope to return the payment.
- SS follows up in 45 days if they have not received payment and warns that you only have 30 more days to pay.
- If payment is not received by the end of this additional 30 day period the application for withdrawal is denied and the benefits are resumed.
So, the punch-line is that you have 75 days to repay.
For more information on filing an Application to Withdraw, see our previous blog posts at:
- Benefit Calculation (17)
- Family Benefits (6)
- Featured Posts (237)
- Retirement Benefits (30)
- Special Rules (18)
- Spousal Benefits (44)
- Strategies (17)
- Survivor Benefits (12)
- Uncategorized (4)
If you enjoy our blog, you’ll love our radio show! The Retirement and IRA Show, hosted by Jim Saulnier and Chris Stein, is an informative, educational and entertaining radio program focused on retirement topics. Listen live every Saturday morning at 8am on 1310 KFKA in Greeley Colorado; or listen at your leisure to our past shows by clicking the radio show icon! You can also find The Retirement and IRA Show on iTunes.
Jim Saulnier and Associates are Northern Colorado’s Retirement Planning Guides. We help blaze the trail to the retirement you’ve worked for and are here to help you with your Social Security and retirement planning needs.
Jim Saulnier and Associates | 970-530-0556 | 506 East Mulberry Street, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
© 2018 Jim Saulnier, LLC. All rights reserved.
Ed Slott Advisor recognition requires an advisor to be well versed on the rules and regulations regarding IRAs.
The advisor must attend two live training sessions and pass two written exams annually to remain in the program.
Jim Saulnier, Registered Representative, Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC to residents of: CO, IA, IN, MA, NY, TN, TX, WI and WY. No offers may be made to or accepted from any resident outside the specific states mentioned. Jim Saulnier, Investment Advisor Representative, Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Financial Planning services offered through Jim Saulnier and Associates, LLC., a Registered Investment Advisor. Cambridge and Jim Saulnier & Associates, LLC are not affiliated.