The government is now going through old records to see if it overpaid people on Social Security. If it thinks it did, it can now seize the IRS tax refund checks of the children of those people it thinks it overpaid. This isn’t a proposal -- it’s already happening. According to the Washington Post, for the past three years, the government has been confiscating hundreds of thousands of Americans’ tax refunds. It has already confiscated $1.9 billion in tax refunds this year alone.