Friday, April 11, 2014

Sins of the Fathers

Here's something we all should have expected. The governments extreme overreach into the distant past to be able to confiscate even more of our money. What's even more chilling about this is that they don't even need specifics about what is owed from decades ago.

 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.~snip~
Notice how the sentence was pretty much just snuck into the bill with the government feeling no obligation to inform anyone about it's backhanded plan to seize our assets under almost any circumstances.
It's a pretty sad situation to realize that the government who is supposed to work for us schemes behind our backs.

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