BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- A U.S. senator from Minnesota has helped a man rectify his struggle with the IRS, which declared him dead for 29 years.
KMSP-TV reports that Sen. Amy Klobuchar managed to reverse the false declaration and the government now recognizes that Adam Ronning is alive.
"This was an absurd situation," the senator said in a statement. "This constituent was declared dead by the government when he wasn't. It doesn't get much worse than that."
A "60 Minutes" investigation in 2015 found that approximately 9,000 living Americans are erroneously declared dead each year, representing an error rate of one-third of 1 percent of new names added to the government's "Death Master File."
The false declaration in Ronning's case was initially made when he was 4 years old. As an adult, he has always paid his taxes, but either only got half of his return or none at all since 2009.
"It's insulting, it's shocking, it's frustrating," Ronning said. "I'd call and they were like, 'Let's just give him the hold monster.'"
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