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

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.

Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are expecting refunds this month are instead getting letters like the one Grice got, informing them that because of a debt they never knew about — often a debt incurred by their parents — the government has confiscated their check.

The Treasury Department has intercepted $1.9 billion in tax refunds already this year — $75 million of that on debts delinquent for more than 10 years, said Jeffrey Schramek, assistant commissioner of the department’s debt management service. The aggressive effort to collect old debts started three years ago — the result of a single sentence tucked into the farm bill lifting the 10-year statute of limitations on old debts to Uncle Sam.

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Impeach the communist dictator. Get rid of him now. Put an American in office who will carry out our laws and not make their own. We do not need this traitor. He does not know what a real American is and has no intention of becoming one.

This is what we can expect when our representives fail to read a bill before passing it. Does this mean if my parents or past relatives were owned money by the IRS that they would have to pay me? Don't think so.

The legal way out of this is to file a motion in court relieving you of any responsibilities of debts from a family member. At least it is a legal court order, and there's no one to appeal it. Need to do this before IRS notification.

Marxist!!

The statute of limitations means nothing to the establishment. Like a giant parasitic worm this evil institution sucks the lifeblood of the nation.  Surely as there is a just God in heaven, judgement day is coming upon the wicked. 

Frank,

I hope you were inside a properly designated first amendment area when you said that. If you need one there are two near Bunkerville Nevada established by the Feds for the protesters there. That's what this administration thinks of our constitution.

(Anyone who voted for Obama in 2012 is either a fool or a traitor. If they are a veteran, then they are both. They have also violated their oath to defend this nation from all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC.)

LISTEN UP STUPID FELLOW AMERICANS!!!!!!!! 100% of the money the federal government collects each and every year does not go on services ALL of it and I mean ALL of it every penny of it goes to the Vatican and the international banking cartel for doing absolutely nothing. To pay for services the federal government borrows money from the international Banking cartel at interest and while this has been going on for a century you have been going to war with other countries and sending your children to die and killing innocent people to bully them into accepting the same system that is described above, to make slaves out of them because of your ignorance...Don't complain about just get rid of them and get them out of your pocket book, unless you like giving your money away and working for free....

Well, he already holds us responsible for the slaves our forefather's owned.  This is just more of the jerk-water's idiotic logic.

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