Returning Checks To The Social Security Office

134. Returning Checks To The Social Security Office

134.1 When must you return checks to the Social Security Administration?

If you received a check from us and you are not entitled to the payment, you must return the check. Returning checks helps permit prompt payment when you become entitled and may save you from the possible penalties described in §§1820, 1828, and 1831.

134.2 How do you return Social Security checks?

Return the check to the Regional Financial Center (RFC), U.S. Treasury Department, using the address on the check envelope. If you prefer, you may return the check to the Social Security office. That office will give you a receipt for the check and will return the check to the U.S. Treasury Department. When returning a check, give the reason why it is being returned.

Last Revised: Jan. 23, 2007

Comments

social security check shou I return it.

March 10, 2011 by Guest

my husband died on february 27, 2010. His security check is usually depoisted in his account on the 2nd of the month. do I have to return his check?

your husband

March 14, 2011 by lastyearnew2000

he died after 3 of month no they on are a month behind and if they ask for it back like they did me do not you still had to pay bills for him there month behind

HELLO!

June 13, 2011 by Guest

HI, MY NAME IS B T MCK, I WAS WONDERING I HAD GOT (2) SSI CHECKS IN THE MAIL AMOUNT OF $420.--, & I WONDERING IF I HAD 2 RETURN THE 2ND CHECK THAT I GOT IN THE MAIL OR DO I KEEP IT? THE 2ND ONE SHOWED UP THE MAIL THE DAY AFTER THE FIRST ONE DID! I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE CHECK THAT WAS MAILED TO ME THE NEXT DAY? PLEASE SEND ME A E-MAIL AT bar__ @yahoo.com (ASAP) THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP WITH MY CONCERN! :)

Possible overpayment - return of unnecessary check

June 13, 2011 by David Luhman

I recommend calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to see if the check should be returned.

receiving 2 checks

January 4, 2012 by Guest

When my son started receiving his benefits, I , (his payee) received 2 checks within several days of each other, not knowing I cashed them both. Subsequently, to re-pay the overpayment, for the next year $70.00 was taken from his benefits every month until re-paid. When in doubt, ....call.