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Good To Know: You Could See a 15% Cut In Your Social Security

 If you owe money to the IRS, and you are receiving Social Security benefits due to:

  • Federal Old-Age and Survivors Trust Fund (OR)
  • Disability Insurance Benefits

The IRS can take 15% of your Social Security payments to satisfy your tax debt. Prior to 1996, there was a $750/month "off limits" amount that had to be left for the Social Security recipient. However, that changed with the introduction of the Federal Payment Levy Program, which allowed for 15% of the total monthly payment to be collected—regardless of the amount.