There is a provision that isn't very well known called Administrative Tolerance Waiver.
The Social Security Administration has set certain tolerances restricting the amount of activity on certain classes of debt or overpayment. The overpaid individual can request this waiver if their original overpayment balance is less than $1,000. If the person isn't at fault, the overpayment will automatically be waived in 99% of cases without the client having to go through an appeal procedure or having to fill out a waiver. All the person must do is request the administrative waiver in writing and the overpayment will not be recovered.
Administrative waivers are usually allowed one time, so if the individual is overpaid again, they'll still have to go through an appeal procedure even if the balance is less than $1,000.
This article was contributed by Michael Klinger, Work Incentives Specialist for the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services. For more information or any other benefits related questions, contact Michael Klinger at 434-298-7652 or Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org