Quick Answer: Does Social Security Take Back Money After Death?

How soon after death does Social Security stop?

What you may not know is that SSA cannot pay benefits for the month of death.

So for anyone receiving Social Security benefits, the benefit received for the month of death and any following months must be returned to SSA.

For example, when a person dies in January, no benefit payment is due in February or beyond..

Does Social Security pay a month ahead or behind?

We pay Social Security benefits monthly. The benefits are paid in the month following the month for which they are due. For example, you would receive your July benefit in August.

What happens to Social Security money when you die?

As long as you remain alive, you continue drawing benefits based on your work record and how much you’ve earned over your lifetime. When you die, the benefits cease – there is no accrued balance that is paid out to your estate or to your survivors. Social Security does not pay benefits for the month of your death.

How do I cancel a Social Security check after death?

You can do so by calling Social Security at 800-772-1213 or contacting your local Social Security office.