What is overpayment?

Overpayment refers to when Social Security pays the beneficiary more than the allotted amount during a certain time period. In most cases, the claimant must pay back the overpayment, but there are exceptions. The Social Security Administration will waive any attempt to recover overpayment if an individual is without fault and recovery would defeat the purpose of the supplemental security income program or SSI (CFR § 416.553)