Government Continues to Declare Living Tennessee Woman Dead

Laura Todd is tired of being dead.

Because of an eight-year-old error that attached her Social Security number to a dead woman in Florida, the Nashville resident has had to prove over and over again that she is, in fact, alive, WSMV-TV reports.

Todd said that being dead off and on makes everyday life difficult.

"The IRS says I’m dead," she told WSMV-TV. "Everybody says I'm dead.”

The Internal Revenue Service has twice refused to process Todd's tax return. She was denied when trying to refinance her house in 2002 because her credit report said she was dead. Her bank closed her credit card account, and even attached a note of sympathy that read, “Please accept our condolences on the death of Laura Todd,” WSMV-TV reports.

Todd said it has even gone as far as her health insurance being canceled.

The government has assured her that they have deleted her death record, but on Wednesday she was hit with the problem again. The IRS once again rejected her electronic tax return, WSMV-TV reports.

“I will not be eligible for my refund," Todd told WSMV-TV. "I'm not eligible for my rebate. I mean, I can't do anything with it.”

According to a government audit, Social Security had to resurrect more than 23,000 people from the dead in two years, WSMV-TV reports.

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