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Paying back your benefit overpayment

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What if I do not repay my overpayment?

We may file a lien in Superior Court against your real or personal property to secure the debt if your account becomes past due.  This could result in a garnishment of your wages or bank account.  We may deduct from your federal income tax-refund or lottery winnings. Filing for bankruptcy may not remove your responsibility to repay the debt

What if I can’t afford the minimum monthly payment?

You will need to make payment arrangements by calling Benefit Payment Control at: 

  • Toll-free: 1-866-697-4831
  • Persons with hearing or speaking impairments can call Washington Relay Service 711

How do I make a payment?

You can mail a check or money order payable to “Employment Security Department.” Include your name and customer identification number or Social Security number on your payment to ensure we credit your account properly.  We don’t accept payments at our local offices.

Mail your payment to:

Employment Security Department
Benefit Payment Control
P.O. Box 24928
Seattle, WA 98124-0928

You can also make a payment online with your bank account and routing number.


Other contact options for Benefit Payment Control:

Fax: 1-866-610-9235 | Email:


Important overpayment information

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