Can The Social Security Administration Put A Lien On My House?
The Social Security Administration has the legal authority to place a lien on your house. They can place a lien to recover unpaid Social Security taxes, incorrect Social Security payments, unpaid child support and medical assistance costs from your estate.
Unpaid social security taxes
The collection of social security taxes is a function of the Internal Reveune Service. The IRS may place liens on any real property, including your house, to collect unpaid social security taxes. An officer of a corporation or the owner of an unincorporated business is responsible for the collection and payment of social security taxes Sec. 210. [42 U.S.C. 410].
Incorrect social security payments
The Social Security Administration has the right to be reimbursed for incorrect social security payments. The IRS undertakes enforcement of this action. The IRS has rights to seize and place liens on real property, which can include your house.
Recovery of unpaid child support
Sec. 466. [42 U.S.C. 666] (a) mandates the Social Security Administration to oversee the effective collection of child support. Individual states have the right to place liens on real property, including your house, to ensure the payment of child support.
Recovery of medical assistance costs from your estate
Federal law requires the Social Security Administration to recover medical assistance costs from your estate. The IRS, in conjunction with SSA, may seize or place liens upon any real property of your estate, including your house, to recover excess medical expenses incurred during your lifetime. This includes nursing home costs.
Protect your house from the Social Security Administration
Seek competent legal advice immediately if one's house falls under any of the above listed criteria. An attorney can advise one on ways that one's house can be conveyed upon one's death without going through probate. This insures that one's house passes in one's estate to the entity one desires.