So tax returns may not be paid in a timely fashion. Is this any surprise? Paying out money is not priority with this administration, sadly.
I’d like to reveal something that has been an issue with me for over a year now. I’ve been owed a check for over $1400.00 for at least that long and been told that there is a backlog and that these checks are not “priority”.
It is the last Social Security benefit check earned by my late ex-husband. When he died, they were very quick to yank it back and keep it from being deposited. While I was dealing with the changes to my own payments caused by his death (I was getting my benefits based on his income) a clerk gave me an application for his final check. Since he never re-married and had no minor dependent children, I was the beneficiary of this check.
So I applied and waited… and waited… and was given the above reason for the delay. And still I wait.
Now imagine if you will - there was already a backlog a year ago. A backlog of at least a year, apparently. And while I wait - the backlog continues to build up behind me. If my check is $1400, and other checks average the same, can anybody calculate the massive amount of money that is represented by this backlog???
When a member of my family, who was on disability, passed away just before he would have qualified to collect Social Security (after a lifetime of contributing to the fund, incidentally) we were ordered to return his last check, which had been direct-deposited and they couldn’t just stop payment - IMMEDIATELY or face dire consequences. Of course we did this in the midst of our grief over his death, and while dealing with his end-of-life expenses.
I know this is long, but I’m hoping that it just might cause somebody to investigate and shed some light on the subject - and find out just how much money is involved by sitting on these last benefit checks while they wait for the beneficiaries to die, too. (I nearly did, a couple of weeks ago) If I had, then my last check would probably have gone into Limbo along with his.