IRS Seizing Tax Refunds To Cover Parents Decades Old Debts

Well, some more warm and fuzzy news about the IRS. I’m sure this is going to go over well. Is Reince Priebus and the rest of the GOP paying attention here? Nobody likes the IRS. Combine the act of confiscating debts from nearly 40 years ago along with the IRS targeting of conservative groups and they can do even more damage to Democrats in 2014.

This is insane:

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.

Again. Insane.

What is the GOP going to do about this?