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There was a payroll error and my severance was significantly overpaid and now they want to correct it. Am I obligated to return that money?

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It depends. If you signed a separation agreement and they paid more than the agreement stated you were entitled to, then they are entitled to ask for money back https://www.cio.com/article/2430532/severance-pay-mistakes--a-quick-guide-to-employee-rights.amp.html

They also just may not have taken the taxes off you severance payment. That happened to me. So I had to squirrel some away so come tax time I could pay up

Yes. If you don’t, the endgame is a lawsuit, which you probably lose

This happen to me once with a big firm. After I ignored emails from HR asking to return the money, they sent it to their legal team for resolution but since the amount was not a lot (maybe about $1000), their legal team ultimately decided not to pursue action and the amount was reported as taxable income.

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