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Woman Locked In 7-Year Battle With Government To Prove She's Alive

Amelia Ward


Woman Locked In 7-Year Battle With Government To Prove She's Alive

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A woman from New Jersey is stuck in a battle to prove that she's still alive, after she was accidentally marked as dead by the government.

Samantha Dreissig, 25, first started having trouble when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) started listing her as 'deceased', when her mother died in 2014. She believes the government agency got her and her mother confused, despite them not sharing a surname.

Speaking to CBS2 News, summer camp counsellor Dreissig said: "Life is short. You never know when it's gonna end."

But the IRS say it actually ended seven years ago for her.

Credit: CBS2
Credit: CBS2

Dreissig added: "The last actual person I had spoken to from the IRS - and I quote, 'Wow, you're dead all over our system'."

"They say nope, sorry, this account's linked to a deceased person," Dreissig added.

One of the news outlet's reporters called the federal tax agency herself, to see if they would accept from her that she is in fact still alive.

CBS reporter Jessica Layton told the agency: "She's definitely not dead.

"I just spoke with her."

The ridiculous situation doesn't just affect her, it's also a nightmare for her father, who can't list her as a dependent on his tax returns because she's dead on paper.

Credit: CBS2
Credit: CBS2

In a recent letter, the IRS told her: "These situations may take some time to resolve."

Dreissig added: "I honestly want the IRS to know that I'm alive, kicking."

And while Dreissig is trying to stay alive, one woman is keen to know what will happen when she dies - so much so that she actually rehearses her own funeral.

The woman from the Dominican Republic decided to rehearse her own funeral by inviting loved ones to 'mourn' her fake death as she lay in a coffin for hours.

Credit: Newsflash
Credit: Newsflash

Mayra Alonzo, 59, was that desperate to know what her funeral would be like, she decided to stage a rehearsal in the city of Santiago at the end of April.

She arrived in a hearse, lying in a coffin she'd rented for the day and dressed in white.

And it seemed to go down well with Alonzo, who described the gathering as a 'dream come true', thanking her friends, family and neighbours who helped her organise the fake funeral.

Listin Diario reports that Alonzon also warned her loved ones not to die anytime soon, as being inside the coffin was a very unpleasant experience. Who would've thought it?

Topics: US News, Weird

Amelia Ward
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