Recent Report Shows over 99% of Social Security Payments Proper

April 22, 2015

While many people believe the Social Security Disability Insurance program to be rife with fraud, a report from late 2014 reflects that 99.8% of of the payments made under the program were proper.

Independent auditors such as the Government Accountability Office have found problems may not be as dire as some critics suggest. A 2013 GAO report estimated the agency made $1.3 billion in overpayments to 36,000 people — roughly 0.4 percent of all beneficiaries. Most of the improper payments resulted from people exceeding wage limits before their benefits began.

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