Tax Refunds Seized

IRS seizes hundreds of millions in tax refunds from children to pay back parents' debts.
1:47 | 04/12/14

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You don't need me to tell you tax day is coming, the deadline is Tuesday. The irs expecting 35 million taxpayers to file. Some surprises for taxpayers already, money taken out of their refund to pay debts their parents owed. Fair game? Here's ABC's Susan saulny. Reporter: Mary grice has been eagerly awaiting her tax return. Instead of a check she got a notice in the mail. All of her 2013 tax return, $4,462 had been seized to make up for a government mistake in 1977, the overpayment of her mother's social security benefits. I was literally given the run around. They couldn't tell me who the overpayment had been made to, how long ago, what the amount was. I mean, there were literally no answers to my questions. Reporter: A change in the 2008 farm bill now makes it possible for the government to go after old debt by seizing tax refunds from the children of those debtors. Since Mary's mother passed away, the government is now going after Mary, who was a child at the time the mistake was made. You take my money and then notify me. That's not fair to me. Reporter: For now, the social security administration is standing by its decision, telling the "Washington post," we have an obligation to current and future social security beneficiaries to attempt to recoup money that people received when it was not due. Still, there may be hope for people like Mary grice who are now getting some support in congress, two senators taking up her cause, saying while these sized refunds might be allowed under the law, it is entirely unjust. Mary grice, who works for the fda is suing the government. David? A lot of opinions on this. Tweet me, let me know what you

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