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What Is a Request for Reconsideration?

This is a request filed with the Social Security Administration (SSA) by completing the SSA-561-U2. This requests asks the SSA to reconsider the amount that is currently being paid. 

Why Would Someone File This Request?

Someone should file a "Request for Reconsideration" if they feel they have been overpaid or underpaid. If someone believes they have been overpaid, but that they should not have to pay back the overpaid amount, they should complete a form SSA-632-BK, "Request for Waiver of Recovery of an Overpayment."

Is There Anything Additional to Do aside from Filling out the Forms?

In addition to filling out the forms, the person requesting reconsideration should present any evidence that supports their request. This may include:

  • Documents demonstrating financial need
  • Bank statements
  • Bill payments

Is the Space Designated for Disagreement Important? 

This is essentially the entire purpose of this form. The person requesting reconsideration should be very specific detailing the what they disagree with and why. If this space is too small, it is perfectly acceptable to write on the back of the form. If the disagreement is over SSI case, the person requesting reconsideration should also request different ways to handle the appeal.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

The laws that regulate social security are very complex and confusing. It isn't always clear which benefits you are entitled to. A social security attorney can help you understand which social security benefits you should be receiving. A lawyer can also help you if you need to appeal a denial of social security benefits.

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Last Modified: 07-01-2018 08:53 PM PDT

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