Filing taxes becomes hassle for one man as IRS believes he's dead

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Filing Taxes Becomes Hassle For One Man As IRS Believes He's Dead

Usually, getting the IRS to accept a return is the easiest part of the tax-filing process. That's not the case for a World War II veteran in Upper Arlington, Ohio, however. The reason why 94-year-old Siegfried Meinstein is having so much difficulty is because the IRS thinks he's dead.

The unusual ordeal began last April. An accountant tried to file Siegfried's taxes and received a denial, as the IRS claimed the Social Security Administration noted he was deceased. Siegfried and his son walked into the Social Security Administration office in Columbus to prove he is in fact still breathing. Employees agreed and said their records do not indicate he is dead. They issued a letter for Siegfried to mail to the Internal Revenue Service confirming that he is still living.

That note was sent but the trouble wasn't over. The IRS wanted a correction form from the Social Security Administration. After a number of interactions, Meinstein hasn't been able to correct the issue and the IRS still says he's dead. He is working with a tax advocate to help resolve the problem once and for all.

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