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Federal Government Takes Taxpayers’ Refunds To Cover Decades-Old Overpayments

In a massive program like Social Security, sometimes people get overpayments ranging from a few bucks to a few thousand bucks. It used to be that if whatever government entity overpaid a family didn’t catch up with them and recoup the money, the statute of limitations on the debt would run out after ten years. A teeny section of the 2008 farm bill changed that, and now the government is snatching up taxpayers’ refunds to cover their dead parents’ decades-old debts. [More]

Outdated Social Security System Puts Some Who Wait To Marry At Greater Risk For Poverty In Retirement

Outdated Social Security System Puts Some Who Wait To Marry At Greater Risk For Poverty In Retirement

Marriage has long been seen as a way to bring stability to a couple’s finances. You earn together, save together, and many decades down the road you may even qualify to receive retirement and survivor income from Social Security thanks to your beloved. But times are changing and the rules that govern these benefits were designed more than 50 years ago when fewer women worked and couples tended to tie the knot earlier. Today’s evolving marriage and work trends are leaving some future retirees vulnerable. [More]

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Taco Bell Franchisee Doesn’t Tell Social Security About Dead Mom For 23 Years, Collects $200K

In the process of dealing with the death of a parent, it might be forgivable if you overlook some paperwork and the Social Security folks send out a benefits check meant for the deceased. But when you deliberately hide this death for two decades while collecting nearly $200,000 that doesn’t belong to you, you’re probably going to jail. [More]

Man Tries To Buy House, Finds Out He’s Dead & Married To A Woman He Never Met

Man Tries To Buy House, Finds Out He’s Dead & Married To A Woman He Never Met

We always recommend that you take advantage of your right to check your three credit reports once a year just because you never know what you might find. Like the California man who learned from Equifax that he’s been dead for a few years and also that he had a widow living 20 miles away. [More]

Fraudsters Hit My Social Security Payment. Now What?

Fraudsters Hit My Social Security Payment. Now What?

Social Security “checks” are no longer a thing. People who receive retirement, disability, or death benefits have to get them through direct deposit or a debit card. What happens when fraudsters strike and that money goes missing from the card? Too bad for you, apparently. That’s what one retiree learned when $824 in  charges she didn’t make disappeared from her debit card.  [More]

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So The Government Is Shut Down… Do I Still Have To Pay My Taxes?

As the sun rises over Washington, D.C., this morning, huge numbers of federal employees are either not coming in to work or are only coming in to shut down their offices until lawmakers sort this mess out. But just because the wheels of government have come grinding to a halt doesn’t mean everything is put on hold indefinitely. [More]

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What Today’s Supreme Court Ruling Means For Gay Couples’ Wallets

Earlier today, the Supreme Court effectively struck down the federal Defense Of Marriage Act. For same-sex couples around the country, this could open up a whole new world of tax breaks and benefits that were previously not allowed, while also taking away some unintended perks that same-sex couples had enjoyed because the government did not recognize their unions. [More]

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Social Security Goes After Man For Overpayment To His Mom… From 42 Years Ago

Back in 1971, someone at the Social Security Administration goofed and overpaid a woman to the amount of $895. This past January, 42 years after the fact, that woman’s son says he received a letter from the SSA telling him to pay up or have that money docked from his tax refund. [More]

Ask Tax Dad: Amending My Taxes, Social Security Disability, And Buried In Online Brokerage Paperwork

Ask Tax Dad: Amending My Taxes, Social Security Disability, And Buried In Online Brokerage Paperwork

Usually, our staff Certified Tax Cat handles readers’ questions about taxes, but he found a particularly good sunbeam and called in for a personal day. Filling in for him is Laura’s dad, a retired accountant and real live independent tax preparer. Exclusively on Consumerist this spring, Tax Dad answers your questions. [More]

Navigate Through Your Social Security Information With New Online Tool

Navigate Through Your Social Security Information With New Online Tool

Remember the year you couldn’t even find a babysitting job and cashed out all your savings bonds just to afford groceries and beer? The U.S. Social Security Administration does, and now all of your past earning info and more is online, ready and waiting for you to walk down memory lane or prepare for your future. [More]

4 Suspects Arrested For Keeping People In "Dungeon" To Steal Their Social Security Checks

4 Suspects Arrested For Keeping People In "Dungeon" To Steal Their Social Security Checks

Four suspects have been arrested after being accused of a diabolical scheme where they locked up people in a basement and stole their Social Security checks. [More]

At Least Someone's Getting A Raise — Social Security Payments Increase

In an era burdened by pay freezes across countless industries, the only sure way to get a raise is to retire. Social Security has snapped out of its own rate freeze and is handing out a 3.6 percent benefits increase next year. [More]

Social Security Disability Payments Could Dry Up In 2017

Social Security Disability Payments Could Dry Up In 2017

The Social Security disability fund may not be able to make payments come 2017, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). [More]

Social Security Responsible For Creating 14,000 ZombiesEvery Year

Social Security Responsible For Creating 14,000 ZombiesEvery Year

Every day in this country, more than 38 living, breathing Americans join the ranks of the living dead after their names somehow end up on the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File. [More]

Over $22 Million In Stimulus Money Sent To Inmates & Zombies

Over $22 Million In Stimulus Money Sent To Inmates & Zombies

Who says prison inmates have it tough? First came the report that a handful of cons had scored $9 million in home buyer tax credit, now we read that millions more in stimulus money was sent to our nation’s incarcerated. [More]

Humana Won't Let You Cancel Your Insurance Because Your
Signature Doesn't Match Your Signature

Humana Won't Let You Cancel Your Insurance Because Your Signature Doesn't Match Your Signature

I got cocky. I thought after several emails with a Humana communications person and a story on Consumerist, the insurance company would surely relent and let Dean’s father, Thomas, cancel his unnecessary supplemental Medicare insurance. Nope. After all our efforts, Humana called Thomas only to tell him, once again, that they won’t let him cancel. This time, because they say the signature on his request form doesn’t match the signature on his policy. Which is odd, because Thomas is the one who signed both. [More]

Humana Loves You Too Much To Let You Cancel Your Insurance

Humana Loves You Too Much To Let You Cancel Your Insurance

UPDATE: Humana Won’t Let You Cancel Your Insurance Because Your Signature Doesn’t Match Your Signature [More]

Do A Total Background Check On Yourself

Do A Total Background Check On Yourself

Now you can know what Big Brother knows about you and get access to the same dirt everyone from your boss, landlord, insurance agent, to your favorite casino has on you. Here is a comprehenisve list of websites and phone numbers for most of the “specialty” consumer reports, like your employment, rental, and check writing history. Be sure to check them out and correct any errors, before a crisis hits. [More]