Published December 20, 2015
The Washington Post declared victory Tuesday for exposing the seizure of income-tax refunds to claw back alleged Social Security overpayments.
But the legal issue of garnishing money from the children of deceased parents remains legally contentious, and a senior senator is demanding answers from the agencies involved.
As reported by Watchdog.org and the Post, backtracking Social Security officials announced they will now only pursue overpayment cases less than 10 years old. That timeframe was already set in Internal Revenue Service statutes, so the administration merely acknowledged the law.
Sen. Charles Grassley said the affair is far from over.
“Is it fair and reasonable to pursue debts from the surviving children for payments to the parents?” the Iowa Republican asked. “The statute of limitations language didn’t give permission to collect debts where the debtor is deceased.”
Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent letters to Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew requesting answers to more than 30 questions.