I was collecting unemployment due to a job loss so I started taking early retirement, I got a full time job months later. After my payments stopped, started and I started receiving smaller amounts, etc. I wasn’t sure what was going on. Two years ago I received a notice of overpayment for $16,000. Since my SS payments had stopped completely I assumed they collected their money in full & my SS payments would start again. They haven’t. The overpayment has been met and SS has recouped $22,000 that has been paid back to them with my SS payments that stopped 1 1/2 years ago. SS now owes me $6,000 and they say I still owe them for an overpayment that has been paid. I received another letter from SS 2 weeks ago, saying the “overpayment” went from $16,000 to $20,000. When I told SS that I am having medical problems, was told by my doctor I have thyroid cancer and was tested for MS-they didnt care. I left 3 different SS offices (spending 1/2 day at each office waiting and paying parking fees) in tears each time & I have spent hours on the phone. So many letters, waivers, requesting meetings with a law judge & also requesting an audit on my SS account, still with no response except that my overpayment has gone up $5,000 in 2 weeks-now totaling $20,000. This system is so messed up and is costing me my financial future, putting my health at risk and extreme stress with each letter I receive in the mail. I feel so threatened, harrassed and scared by SS that I made 2 small payments to them just so they wouldn’t take my home and leave me homeless. I have begged them to get it resolved. They don’t care because its not happening to them or their family member. I need help… thank you.
We are definitely trying to help — just by collecting horrible stories like yours and passing them on to Congress and the Treasury Secretary.
Thank you for posting. Sharing your story helps others understand they are not alone. And it helps us pressure the Treasury Secretary (chief trustee of SS) and Congress to fix these situations immediately. I don’t think anyone has ever gathered all these stories together in one place so people in power can see the impact of this cruel and inept Social Security bureaucracy.
Here’s what we are aiming for — as fast as possible!
Sharing YOUR story helps us help others! Thank you!
PS. Here’s what Janet Yellen said when she was sworn in as Treasury Secretary. Let’s hold her to her word!
“Economics isn’t just something you find in a textbook. It can be a potent tool to right past wrongs and improve people’s lives. That’s why so many of Treasury’s 84,000 public servants joined the Department. Today, I am proud to be one of them.”