Posts Tagged Government pensions and social security

People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

In this May 31, 2013, file photo, acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, center, accompanied by Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris, left, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, speaks during a news conference about Social Security and Medicare in Washington. The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Colvin said Monday, April 14, 2014, she has directed an immediate halt to the program while the agency does a review. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve — for now.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , ,

People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

In this May 31, 2013, file photo, acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, center, accompanied by Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris, left, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, speaks during a news conference about Social Security and Medicare in Washington. The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Colvin said Monday, April 14, 2014, she has directed an immediate halt to the program while the agency does a review. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve — for now.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , ,

Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

In this May 31, 2013, file photo, acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, center, accompanied by Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris, left, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, speaks during a news conference about Social Security and Medicare in Washington. The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Colvin said Monday, April 14, 2014, she has directed an immediate halt to the program while the agency does a review. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , ,

Tax refund fraud is a big frustration for victims

In this April 10, 2014 photo Laura Hankins sits with the paperwork in West Milwaukee that she needed to go through to help her 19-year-old daughter with her federal returns after finding out that someone using her name had already filed for a refund. It took Laura about 20 hours to fill out forms, gather information and photocopy documents because her daughter, Claire Hankins, couldn’t file electronically after the tax identity theft was discovered.  (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Laura Hankins knew something was wrong when she filed her daughter’s tax return and it was rejected hours later: An identity thief already had sent in a return using the 19-year-old’s personal information.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

$4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

This March 22, 2013 file photo shows the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. An Internet connection, a tax return form and a stolen identity are enough to fuel a multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise that has proven too pervasive to stop. Thanks in part to technological simplicity and controls that struggle to keep pace with the crime, thieves are pocketing billions of dollars in stolen federal tax refunds. Over the last year, the IRS paid out $4 billion in bogus tax refunds to fraudsters using someone else’s personal information.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,