Kane in Your Corner: Man fights IRS to prove he’s not dead

A Saddle Brook man is having a tough time proving to the IRS that he is in fact alive.

A Saddle Brook man is having a tough time proving to the IRS that he is in fact alive. (4/19/16)

SADDLE BROOK - A man from Bergen County is dealing with a taxing situation - the Internal Revenue Service is convinced he’s dead.

Robert Lintner, of Saddle Brook, tells Kane In Your Corner that he filed his tax return in February, but his $3,300 refund is being held up. Lintner received a letter from the IRS saying, "The Social Security number shown on your return…matches that of a person who is deceased." Lintner, of course, is very much alive.

“To have someone send a letter stating that you're dead, it’s unbelievable,” Lintner says.

IRS spokesperson Patricia Svarnas says “We base our records on information received from the Social Security Administration.” However, a Social Security representative tells Lintner his records are in order and that her office never told the IRS he was dead. Whoever’s at fault, the problem could take weeks more to fix. Lintner says he’s living on Social Security and a small pension and the money can’t come soon enough.

“Just last week my daughter had to pay the taxes on my house because I didn’t have the money,” he says.

If you get a letter from the IRS that you believe to be in error, Kane In Your Corner advises reading the letter carefully. The instructions may differ from case to case. If you have questions, call the IRS directly. Also, check your credit report. Oddities, like being told you already filed a tax return or that your Social Security number belongs to a dead person, could be a sign that you’ve been a victim of identity theft.

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