Definition: Deductions

The part of the monthly payment that is being withheld. Part of your payment may be withheld for:
  • Medicare Premium payments,
  • Overpayment of Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits,
  • Excess earnings,
  • Voluntary income tax withholding,
  • Payment of your appointed representative.
The federal government can also garnish benefits under the following circumstances:
  • Enforcement of child, spousal or family support obligations,
  • Court-ordered victim restitution,
  • Collection of unpaid Federal taxes,
  • Withholding to satisfy a current year Federal income tax liability, and
  • Non-tax debt owed to other Federal agencies according to the Debt Collection Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-134).