COMMENTARY | Hot Air is reporting one of the greatest outrages yet inflicted during the Obama presidency. It stems from a little known provision in the 2011 farm bill that lifted the 10 year statute of limitations on debts owed to the federal government.
As a result the IRS is collecting on social security debts alleged to have been garnered due to overpayments dating back to the 1960s and 1970s by withholding the money from tax refunds. Oddly enough this often means hitting up the children of the people who have alleged to have incurred this debts. It also does not involve actual proof that the debts were incurred in the first place.
Thus far the victims of this shakedown have mostly decided to swallow the confiscation of the tax refunds as they have generally only involved hundreds of dollars. One woman was charged thousands for an overpayment alleged given to her parents in 1961, when she was four years old, which prompted her to get a lawyer and brought the matter to the attention of the news media.
The identity of whoever slipped this provision into the farm bill has thus far not been revealed. It is doubtful that too many members of Congress who voted on the bill was even aware of the amendment’s existence. The farm bill, like Obamacare, is a massive piece of legislation which was too large for any one person to have studies. And therein lays the problem.
The Obama administration would be well advised to suspend the enforcement of this provision, pending what can be hoped will be an attempt to fix it legislatively. It has used its executive authority to avoid enforcing laws it finds inconvenient, so there is no moral case for not doing it when the law is inconvenient to hundreds of thousands of Americans.
And we can also hope that the media will ferret out whomever is responsible for this atrocity so that he or she can get the condemnation and one hopes the forced retirement from politics that is well deserved.