Whoa. I received today a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that my benefits will increase by 1.7 percent because of a rise in cost of living. Okay, I already knew that, but when I looked at the figures, I asked Steve, how is it that my benefit went from 488.00/month to 443.70 per month? I looked, he looked, and we couldn’t figure it out.
Then we saw 42.00 for the income-related monthly adjustment amount based on your 2013 income tax return. Plus what appeared to be a credit of 12.30 for a prescription drug coverage, which we also didn’t understand.
On the back page we see: How We Figured Your Income Related Monthly Adjustments Amounts: The IRS told us that in 2013 you filed your taxes as a Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child. You had an adjusted gross income of 99,298.00 plus 0.00 in tax-exempt interest income. We added these amounts together to get your MAGI of 99,298.00
Whoa. I am not a widow, Steve and I never had a child, and in 2013 we didn’t file a tax return, because we were both on Social Security. How the IRS could say I earned 99,298.00 according to my tax records of 2013 is ludicrous. It didn’t happen.
Then we checked the name of the envelope, the name on the document, my social security number. It was my name, my social security number. How could the IRS get it so wrong?
All I can say is that the IRS is scamming old people into thinking they will get a 1.7 percent standard of living increase, when in reality they’re lowering their monthy benefits by a much larger amount. And most old people will simply accept it. The IRS gave that fraudulent information to the Social Security Administration.
All I know is the bottom-line figure on the front page: Your benefit amount after deductions that will be deposited into your bank account or sent in your check on January 14, 2015 is : 443.70
I currently make 488.00 per month. My 1.7 percent increase in benefits for cost of living somehow got figured into that.
But to base the reduction of benefits by 42.00 PER MONTH on the facts they say are true: that I am a widow and have a dependent child, and earned 99, 298.00 in 2013 is frightening to me.
The letter was dated November 26, 2014. I received that letter on November 26, 2014. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.
I believe this was a sinister act. A sinister act that probably is being committed against all seniors. BEWARE!
Update: Steve went down to the IRS to straighten this mess out for me and they told him that his identity had also been stolen. I had to go down in person, which I did the next day – a royal pain in the ass. They would give us no information regarding any of it, except that they were putting a coded number on our accounts and that the IRS would be watching both of us for three years.
Now we have to go to the Social Security Administration and work it out with them, and then to the police department to file a complaint.
I think I have a right to know who or what filed a tax return in my name, and separately in Steve’s name, in 2013. It seems the IRS is protecting the perpetrator, then watching ME for three years, rather than go after the one responsible. I thought you had to provide the source of income on your tax return. Doesn’t the IRS check each form that gets filed? And wouldn’t it look suspicious for a 64 year old woman on social security suddenly to earn $99, 289.00 with no deductions, a deceased husband and a dependent child? Wouldn’t the machine kick it out? I thought the IRS looked for fraud, or are they like every other lazy organization, that expects citizens to report the fraud, so they don’t have to spend the time and funds looking for it?
Steve just called from the SSA office. He’s been there for hours. The lines are huge and hardly anybody working. He says he doesn’t think he’s going to accomplish much there today. I’ll learn more when he returns, but it’s not looking very good.