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Social Security after death

By Terry Savage on October 13, 2023 | Wild Card

Social Security benefits are understood to be paid on the fourth Wednesday of the month and are for the previous month. When a person dies, is is the SSA entitled to claim a refund of the payment issued/ received in the month the recipient dies? Thank you for your consideration of this question. Robert

Terry Says

Social Security does not pay any benefits for the month in which a person dies. That doesn’t mean that a check — or direct deposit — won’t still land in the account. But the estate is obligated to repay that money.



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