Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

AARP Endorses Buchanan’s Bill to Help Taxpayers

Sep 1, 2015
Press Release
Legislation Would Prevent Unfair Confiscation of Tax Refunds

WASHINGTON – The nation’s largest seniors organization has endorsed Rep. Vern Buchanan’s bill to prevent federal authorities from unfairly seizing a senior citizen’s tax refund.

Buchanan’s bill would end the practice of confiscating a person’s tax refund because the government miscalculated their federal survivor benefits decades earlier, when they were a minor. A child can qualify for federal survivor benefits through the Social Security Administration when one or both of their parents dies.

“Someone who received survivor benefits as a child should not be penalized decades later because some incompetent government bureaucrat miscalculated their payment,” Buchanan said. “This is a matter of basic fairness, and another disturbing example of government overreach.”

The Congressman welcomed the AARP endorsement of his bill, the Stop Punishing Innocent Taxpayers Act (H.R. 2774), which is awaiting a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee.

“On behalf of our nearly 38 million members nationwide and all Americans age 50 and older, AARP would like to take this opportunity to express our support for your bill to protect seniors,” said AARP spokeswoman Joyce Rogers,  “AARP appreciates your commitment to providing fair treatment for seniors and their families.”

Buchanan’s Southwest Florida district is home to more than 217,000 Social Security beneficiaries, including more than 8,000 children who receive benefits from the program.  

Buchanan is Florida’s only member of the Ways & Means Committee which has jurisdiction over the Social Security program

The Washington Post reported on the SSA’s harassment of Americans for decades-old debt last year.

Full AARP letter of support HERE.