Celebrate Black History Month and Receive 25% Off Membership Dues. Learn More

 

Can Social Security benefits be seized by creditors?

En español | Federal law generally prohibits creditors from seizing Social Security benefits to pay a debt, except for alimony, child support, federal taxes and non-tax debts owed to certain other federal agencies.

But recently, the California Supreme Court ruled that overdraft charges are not debts, so banks can deduct money from Social Security payments to pay these charges.  Other states could follow California’s ruling, consumer advocates say.


Submit a Question to AARP Experts

Didn’t see the answer to your question? Help us improve the tool by submitting your Social Security question. Go


Next Article

Read This