Pundits and policymakers love to brawl over who should be receiving Social Security benefits—but it’s hard to imagine any of them vying for deceased Aunt Edna.
According to a Social Security Inspector General report, $40.3 million in social security benefits have been paid to the dead since 2008. Typically, family members or funeral homes are supposed to notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) that a person has died, at which point the information is put in the SSA’s Death Master File. However, people sometimes fail to report this information and even when they do—the SSA continues to make erroneous payments.
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