In 2010 the Farm Bill contained verbiage removing the statute of limitations on debts owed to the gummit. All well and good - a debt is a debt and one should pay one's debts, even if you think we are overtaxed by a fiducially irresponsible bunch of horse's patooties. I get this part.
The part that needs to be torn down, stomped on, and flushed down the crapper is that the gummit is now collecting the debts of deceased debtors from their families by snatching their tax returns. Ol' Mom was overpaid by the IRS and has died? YOU get to pay the debt. From 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.
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.We have piles of evidence that government agencies are out of control. When the heck are Americans going to get off their butts and fight this crap?
Full story here.