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Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents' decades-old debts

Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents' decades-old debts 10 Apr 2014 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.