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    Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts - The Washington Post

    "A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice’s tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later, when she got a letter saying that her refund had gone to satisfy an old debt to the government — a very old debt.

    When Grice was 4, back in 1960, her father died, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Until the kids turned 18, Sadie Grice got survivor benefits from Social Security to help feed and clothe them.

    Now, Social Security claims it overpaid someone in the Grice family — it’s not sure who — in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter. Why the feds chose to take Mary’s money, rather than her surviving siblings’, is a mystery.
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    I have a sneaking suspicion that this will cost the Government far more in legal fees then they actually collected....
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    Re: Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    Reason 633 why it's best to owe the IRS a few bucks, rather then get a refund.

    If I were her, I'd be asking for solid proof of the debt, and why she was targeted for this. Meanwhile, interest accrues.
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    Re: Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    I'm OK with the Feds targeting waste, fraud and abuse, but why not audit a couple of bloated defense contracts. They'd collect more and not harass a bunch of folks who never knowingly did a thing wrong. It's pretty stunning how stupid and tone deaf this is, asking families decades later to pay for the mistakes of someone in government.

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    Re: Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    Aside from the amount of time that passed, this is the doozy: "it’s not sure who".

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    Re: Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    Aside from the amount of time that passed, this is the doozy: "it’s not sure who".
    Exactly. The fact that the government is trying to bill someone on incomplete information is just asking to be sued. What can they offer in discovery other than an "I have no idea"?
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    Re: Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    Quote Originally Posted by jmotivator View Post
    Exactly. The fact that the government is trying to bill someone on incomplete information is just asking to be sued. What can they offer in discovery other than an "I have no idea"?
    And it's a bit scary that, without any notice or discussion, they can just grab her refund without even enough information to say who they overpaid. I sure hope my parents didn't get an extra dollar somewhere a few decades ago.
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    Re: Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    Blame this on the "austerians," the politicians and their flunkies who constantly are demanding spending cuts and lean budgets. If the government had the staff and resources to dig-out the details of over-payments, they wouldn't have to just pick someone almost at random to pay the debt.
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    Re: Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Steel View Post
    Blame this on the "austerians," the politicians and their flunkies who constantly are demanding spending cuts and lean budgets. If the government had the staff and resources to dig-out the details of over-payments, they wouldn't have to just pick someone almost at random to pay the debt.
    Well done. I needed a laugh today.

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    Re: Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Steel View Post
    Blame this on the "austerians," the politicians and their flunkies who constantly are demanding spending cuts and lean budgets. If the government had the staff and resources to dig-out the details of over-payments, they wouldn't have to just pick someone almost at random to pay the debt.
    How about blaming it on an inept overzealous government flunky, where the blame belongs?

    It has nothing to do with spending cuts or lean budgets. Our budget still has another 20 or so pounds to shed before it gets out of the obese division.
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    Re: Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    How about blaming it on an inept overzealous government flunky, where the blame belongs?

    It has nothing to do with spending cuts or lean budgets. Our budget still has another 20 or so pounds to shed before it gets out of the obese division.
    Cmon, you really think he was serious? Like the spending cuts were just so big that they can spend x amount of hours to determine someone was over paid, but can't take the extra few minutes to determine who was overpaid? No one could really believe that, right? Obviously the "who was overpaid" is lost to time. He knows that, which is why he was being funny.

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