Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Uncle Sam Seizes Children’s Tax Refunds To Pay Parents’ Debts

Sorry guys.  I haven't been able to post many articles.  For one, I'm in Seoul, South Korea, and my routine here isn't ammenable to posting much.  Then my computer started giving me trouble.  And then I left my charger in Japan.  I've ordered another one and it should be here soon.  Anyway, back to the show...


How many reasons do you need to take all of this out of the Federal Government's grimy, slimy hands?  Overpayment?  And whose fault is that?  And now they want the CHILDREN to pay?  Whose idea was that?

Let’s kick this discussion off with a recent real-world example. A few weeks ago, with no notice, the US 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 tax refunds 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 four, 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 even sure who – in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter Mary. Why the Feds chose to take Mary’s money, rather than her surviving siblings, is a mystery.

The PR has been deservedly brutal for the SSA.  The program has been suspended and is being reviewed.  But we know how this will end.  When we aren't looking, the program will be started up again.

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