Social Security backs down on debt collection

The U.S. Social Security Administration, criticized for seizing tax refund checks without notice based on debts of the taxpayers’ deceased parents, said it will stop trying to collect debts more than 10 years old.

That’s good first step. How about promising to use due process of law before trying to collect any debts? And how about observing the legal principle that children are not responsible for the debts of their parents?

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4 Responses to “Social Security backs down on debt collection”

  1. The Grey Enigma Says:

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  2. Gunny G Says:

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  3. Atticus C. Says:

    I am curious about limitation on debt collection. What debts are a child responsible for? The way I read it is that if a parent died owing a debt and the child received inheritance that is the only way the government can seize their assets. (i.e., the child received monies that was owed)

    It seems crazy to me that a child could be held responsible for a parents debt if they had nothing to do with it.


    • philebersole Says:

      This doesn’t make any sense to me, either. Based on the news stories, the government apparently was operating under the theory that the minor children benefited from the overpayment to their parents and therefore inherited liability for the debt as adults.


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