A Puerto Rican who lived in New York for years and then moved back to the U.S. island territory has his Social Security income cancelled, and gets forced to pay back $28,000. The Supreme Court (8-1) agrees with the government, saying if you don’t have to pay all the federal taxes, you don’t necessarily get all the benefits. But Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissents, claiming that if the amount of tax contribution is the qualifier, perhaps poor stateside Americans (or poor states) should lose benefits as well. Are you next on the chopping block?
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