Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tax Refunds Confiscated to Pay Off Parents’ Debt

Money BagMany taxpayers are finding out that their tax refund checks have been intercepted by the U.S. Government to pay very old Social Security debts that they were unaware of owing. Due to the farm bill passed three years ago, there is no longer a 10-year statute of limitations for debt owed to the federal government. So far this year, the Treasury Department has confiscated $75 million in tax refunds to pay off debts older than 10 years. Many of the cases involve overpayment of social security claims decades ago, and now the children of those who were overpaid are the ones repaying the debt.

See Marc Fisher, Social Security, Treasury Target Taxpayers For Their Parents’ Decades-old Debts, The Washington Post, Apr. 10, 2014.

Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Law Office of Lewis J. Saret, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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