The IRS has been seizing tax refund checks from citizens for age-old debts they never even knew about, according to the Washington Post. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have received letters from the IRS informing them that because of a debt they never knew about, often debts their parents incurred, the government has confiscated their check.
The IRS has intercepted $1.9 billion in tax refunds already this year — $75 million of that on debts delinquent for more than 10 years. This has been going on for three years. This is the result of a single sentence tucked into the farm bill lifting the 10-year statute of limitations on old debts to Uncle Sam for which no one is taking credit, not the slippery White House nor the slippery Congress.
Without warning this year, the Social Security Administration (SSA), found 400,000 taxpayers who collectively owe $714 million on debts more than 10 years old. They didn’t notify taxpayers, but they did threaten them after the fact, saying they would ruin their credit rating by reporting them to the credit agencies.
One woman had her returns attached because of a debt her father incurred when she was 4 years old, a debt that was only lodged against her and not her siblings though the government will probably go down the line after them until the debt is paid. She filed suit.
“Family members typically are not obligated to pay the debts of a deceased relative from their own assets” but the SSA is claiming that if the children benefitted indirectly, then they have to pay from their own assets.
SSA claims they give notice but that appears to be untrue.
It’s most likely unconstitutional to go after ancient debt that people didn’t know they had but victims can’t win lawsuits, at least not easily. Only about 10% win on appeal. The reasons are because of the cost, SSA can’t provide records, and the victims don’t keep records over that long a period of time.
In a slightly different version of government totalitarianism, Veteran Gerrad Branum, who risked his life for our country, and who lost friends in the Twin Towers on 9/11/01, decided to do something about it and serve his country. He joined the Army and served for four years. He spent most of that time in Iraq.
On his way home, some of his equipment was lost, not through any fault of his.
The IRS confiscated $1500 of his tax return for equipment that was lost a decade before. It wasn’t even done within the legal time limit. Branum has filed suit.
This is tyranny. When a government can do whatever they want, take your money with no evidence or warning, it’s time to worry.
Read more at the Washington Post.