United Debt Collectors of America

Uncle Sam shouldn't hunt you to the ends of the earth for government debts you didn't even know you had.
"About that check we wrote you in 1977 ..." Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Yesterday, I mentioned that you shouldn't stiff the government. It has more reach than a loan shark, and it's not really more forgiving, either. By way of reference, I pointed to an appalling story from the Washington Post that recounts how the Social Security Administration started collecting on decades-old overpayments by going after the (then) minor children of the people who collected them.

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