Friday, February 29, 2008

Thousands Declared Dead By The Feds

“The accuracy of death information is critical to [Social Security Administration] SSA and its beneficiaries, as well as other federal, state and local government agencies,” [acccording to]...a 2006 report. “Input of an erroneous death entry can lead to benefit termination and result in financial hardship for a beneficiary.”

Amazing red tape: it is easier to be declared dead by the SSA than it is to be 'resurrected' by it. Once declared dead by the SSA, banks cancel credit card accounts, the IRS declines to refund overpayment of taxes, and even health insurance is canceled.

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