Thursday, May 2, 2013
IRS Grabs Man's Tax Refund to Recoup Social Security's Alleged $895 Overpayment to Mother 42 Years Ago
First Coast News: Social Security Comes After Man for $895 Overpayment They Made to His Mom:
Imagine if your parent received an over-payment from the government but decades later, the government took the money out of your tax return. Gilbert Stokes, 60, of Jacksonville, said it happened to him.
"I'm angry," Stokes said Wednesday morning. Stokes felt the same way when he received a letter from the Social Security Administration in January. "[The letter] said [SSA] was going to withhold my taxes unless I contacted about this social security over-payment," Stokes explained.
Forty-two years ago in 1971, Stokes' mother Ruby Lee received an over-payment of $895 while he was in the Navy. "My first impression was someone was trying to punk me," he said. Stokes' mother died five years ago.