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I received a frantic call from an approved client one day asking, “How can they garnish my check? I don’t get that much, to begin with!” She had received numerous calls from a creditor regarding a past debt. Although she had tried to explain on numerous occasions that she was not working due to a disability, the creditor continued to harass her by phone and mail. On that day, she had received a letter in the mail stating they were going to garnish her wages.
In the midst of her tears and screams, I explained that her Social Security benefits were exempt from garnishment from ANY agency other than the Federal Government. Calming down some, she then asked, “So they can’t take my check?” “No. They cannot take your check,” I replied. I also told her if they continued to call her stating they were going to request a garnishment, she should tell them in no uncertain terms that their garnishment request would be in violation of Section 207 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 407).
I then gave her a few examples of when theFederal Government will garnish Social Security benefits, including back child support, certain alimony obligations, federal taxes, and other non-tax debt that falls under the Debt Collection of 1996.
There are many scenarios when it comes to garnishments of Social Security benefits. Allow the staff of Jan Dils, Attorneys At Law to assist you from the beginning of your claim to the end. We are available to answer your questions, so please contact us at 1-877-526-3457 today.
(Written by guest blogger Elizabeth Dues)
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