Law Passed By Stealth in the 2008 Farm Bill Allows IRS to Seize Your Refund

In the book Miss Kitty: The Freedom Loving Cat, a 98 page spoof on the House Un-American Activities Committee, Miss Kitty is called to Nancy PelosiWashington for having staged a protest against the National Mandatory Indoor Cat Act of 2008, and is considered “too” American by a socialist panel of Democrats – Kraftycrat, Hippocrat (based on Maxine Waters), Gatorcrat, Fishycrat (based on Nancy Pelosi) and Wranglycrat (based on Charles Rangel).  The National Mandatory Indoor Cat Act was hidden by stealth in the 2008 Farm Bill.

Miss Kitty’s story is fictional, however, there really was such a farm bill.  It was so loaded with goodies that President Bush vetoed it, but Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic Congress passed it anyway, and in doing so they passed a law that gave the IRS just a little bit more control over the entire span of your life.  Notice how the NBC News New York report below did not mention that it was Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats who were responsible for passing this bill.

From NBC News New York Channel 4:

Alice Palatnick tore eagerly into the envelope that she received from the Internal Revenue Service this summer, assuming that it was her $3,780 tax refund.

Much to her dismay, there was no check in the envelope. Instead, the 62-year-old hospice nurse from the Upper West Side found a letter saying that all but $26 of her eagerly-awaited refund had been seized because she owed that much to the Social Security Administration.

Three phone calls later, an IRS employee finally explained that the debt dated back 44 years, to when Palatnick was 19 years old and her father died. Palatnick had received something called “survivor benefits,” a payment from Social Security that allowed her to go to college even though her father’s death left the family with almost nothing. According to the person Palatnick spoke to, she had been overpaid the benefits because she had taken a work-study job in the Rutgers University Student Union that should have reduced her payments.

“I find it totally unbelievable,” Palatnick said. “How did this even come up after 40 years that they found this little error from 1969?” Even more outrageous to Palatnick, when she asked for paperwork showing how she was overpaid, she said a representative told her that the Social Security Administration doesn’t keep records dating back that far.

A Social Security spokesman said he could not comment on Palatnick’s case because it would violate her privacy. However Palatnick did provide copies of her correspondence with the IRS and Social Security.

When the I-Team started asking questions, Palatnick got her money back. But the I-Team found that many other Americans may have similar decades-old debt seized, and many of them may not get their money back like Palatnick did.

Deep in a piece of legislation passed by Congress in 2008 called the “Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008,” more commonly known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill, is a little-noticed passage that wipes out any statute of limitation for most individual debts owed to the federal government.

The Democrats who passed this bill are the same people that are so favored by young Americans.  Hmm.  I wonder how many of them, knowing this, and what happened to the woman in the above report, would maybe, just maybe like to see the IRS abolished and a flat tax put in its place.

Miss Kitty’s problem in the book wasn’t the IRS, it was a law that would mandate that all cats should forever be kept indoors so as to protect smaller birds and animals.  However, ultimately, both Miss Kitty’s case and the one above are about the dangers of big government control over one’s personal freedom.  And, strangely, Miss Kitty’s story has proven to be more and more prophetic as time goes on.








  1. Whoopie

    I enjoyed “Miss Kitty, the Freedom Loving Cat” I wonder if Dick Morris plans to pay royalties for ripping off the cover art concept for his whimsical book about a dog who visits Washington, DC?

  2. Pingback: Are You On Social Security? IRS Could Seize Your Child's Tax Refund - Blur Brain

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