PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A 97-year-old U.S. Navy veteran fears she may die before the IRS sends her check in the mail. The woman’s daughter asked KDKA News for help, claiming that she had sent all the requested documents, but after 15 months of waiting, no luck.
KDKA’s Meghan Schiller sat down with the family and found out why a resolution would make so much sense.
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“I would like her to see the money, it would be a real gift,” said Cindy Giovannitti, daughter of Julia Strelec.
Giovannitti contacted KDKA after more than a year without a response from the IRS regarding his 97-year-old mother’s 2019 tax return.
“It’s frustrating, it’s maddening and it turns into a full-time job,” she said.
Giovannitti spends hours in front of his computer.
“I made dozens and dozens of phone calls, wrote a lot of letters, talked to a lot of different people,” she said.
She calls the IRS to find out why her mother’s 2019 tax return check never arrived in the mail.
“[It’s] $ 6,500, ”said World War II veteran Julia Strelec.
Meghan Schiller of KDKA said: “It’s a lot of money.”
“Yeah, I could use a lot,” Strelec said.
Strelec’s 2020 comeback has already landed in the mailbox, so what’s the delay?
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“[The IRS said] your father is dead, so we need his death certificate, and then they said we need your mother’s birth certificate, ”said Giovannitti. “Have fun digging up a birth certificate from this era. From 1924.
But she did, because for her mother this check means independence.
“I would like to go see my older sister,” says Strelec. “She is bedridden and I would like to go see her.”
For Giovannitti, it is defending the woman who has always watched over her.
“She’s 97. And she worries about some things,” she said. “The elderly worry about everything, and now that’s one more thing to worry about.”
Strelec admits that she doesn’t like to age.
“Life gets boring when you get older, you don’t do anything, you know?” said Strelec.
But she would feel a lot better if she could tick this impending task off her list.
“I can’t imagine it taking that long,” Strelec said.
She saw a lot during WWII and never thought her nagging unfinished business would involve a simple tax return.
“I always tell my daughter that she is waiting for my death so she doesn’t have to send it to me,” Strelec said.
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The IRS tells KDKA’s Meghan Schiller that he cannot comment on specific taxpayers, but we made sure to put Strelec’s story and information in the hands of the right person. We will provide an update when the check arrives in the mail.