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Reprieve: Social Security says it won't seize this year's tax refunds to collect old debts

People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds. Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin suspended a debt collection program last spring in which thousands of people had tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Members of Congress complained that some people were being forced to repay benefits they received decades ago as children. Following a review, the agency said Monday it will continue suspending the program this tax season while officials explore possible changes. "The commissioner is concerned about the public...

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