Social Security Responds To Seized Refund

By: mike.mcknight@wowt.com Email
By: mike.mcknight@wowt.com Email


Social Security responds to seized tax refund.

Privacy laws prevent us from discussing the specific circumstances in this situation but debts referred to the Treasury Offset Program for Tax Refund Offset may be active for collection for any amount of time.

In 2008, Public Law 110-234 eliminated the 10 Year Statute of Limitations for collection of debt by Administrative Offsets. In 2009, The Department of the Treasury amended their regulations for recovering delinquent debts 10 years or older. And in October 2011, we (Social Security Administration), published regulatory changes authorizing us to refer debts 10 years or more delinquent to the Treasury Offset Program.

It is important to note that a person may request a waiver of the overpayment at any time by completing a Form SSA-632 and returning it to their local office or they may call us at the toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213.

A much needed tax refund is snatched right out of a bank account. That leaves a Nebraska couple shocked and scrambling to pay bills.

Jerry Jensen lost his mother three decades ago. Jerry says, "I was 16 when she passed." Young enough for Jerry to collect his mother's social security for a few years through a guardian. Jerry says, " Like200 dollars a month."

But now more than thirty years later social security claims Jerry collected too much and seized two thousand dollars, nearly all the couple's federal tax refund they needed to pay medical bills. Jerry Jensen says, " There should be a time limit, I mean just to come back thirty some years later and just take your money. No explanation, no nothing. I didn't even know I was over paid."
An automated Social Security operator response, " It has been applied to your delinquent debt."

While Jerry and Becky wait to talk to someone about what happened to their tax refund they did file an appeal with social security but it could take 30-60 days to learn if they get any money back.

The Jensen’s filed a joint return so the federal refund belongs to both Wife Becky Jensen says, "I worked my butt off for that money. Now it’s gone, from something that happened 33 years ago, I wasn't even around.
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For more than 30 years Jerry says he hasn't received any notice from social security that he owes a refund. Jerry looking in his mail box says, " I pay taxes and social security so it isn’t like they don't know where i am at."

More than 30 years after a teenager laid his hard working mother to rest, Social Security dug up an over payment. But Jerry and Becky say they'll take on the government to get their refund refunded.

After calls and emails from fact finders the Social Security Administration is looking into why the tax refund has been seized three decades after the overpayment. We're still waiting on response.


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