But sometimes even the most dysfunctional government agencies do things that are so perplexing that one is left scratching their head and wondering…how is this happening?
This time, a 94-year-old World War II veteran is the victim.
In April, the agency told Siegfried Meinstein was he was dead.
Mr. Meinstein, who is very much alive, has had a heck of a time trying to convince the IRS he’s still among the living, as ABC11 reports:
Meinstein called the Social Security Administration, and officials told him they never heard he was dead and still considered him very much alive. So the World War II vet got a letter from Social Security declaring he was still alive and sent it to the IRS.
The IRS denied his return again.
Meinstein then went to a Virginia IRS office in person in August to prove he was alive, the Columbus Dispatch reports. The IRS agent promised to fix the problem, but nearly every month since, Meinstein has gotten a notice from the IRS saying they still can’t process his tax return because he’s dead.
And, it gets even better: the IRS is still cashing Meinstein’s checks because he prepays his taxes and is now sending him new letters asking why he has a credit balance of $14,000 in taxes he prepaid in 2014.
Oh, and the letter also wanted to inform him that the IRS had lost his tax return.