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Who you calling elderly?

April 17, 2009

More Americans wary of U.S. tax man this year

An elderly woman in Austin, Texas, who asked not to be named, said her $3,000 debt to the IRS grew to around $60,000 in taxes and penalties over 16 years despite the fact that she paid off the initial debt within six months.

The 61-year-old is disabled and suffers from multiple health problems.

I don’t know who or how old ‘Jasmin Melvin’ is but she(he) is mistaken if she thinks 61yrs is ‘elderly’. How ridiculous!

Judith K.

Yikes. That one sure deflated me. From a global perspective, with average life expectancy in the mid 60s, I suppose 61 might be elderly. But in a story that was clearly set in the U.S. context, the word elderly looked silly. More to the point, it didn’t add anything to the story anyway: GBU Editor

President George W. Bush blows out the candles on his 60th birthday cake during a private dinner party at a restaurant in Chicago, July 6, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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