IRS officials have touted the agency’s delivery of the latestas reaching eligible Americans in “record time.” Yet some Social Security recipients in urgent need of financial assistance say they’re still waiting for the emergency relief payment.
The problem at first sat with the Social Security Administration (SSA), according to a March 24 letter from the House Ways and Means Committee to the benefits agency. The letter stated that 30 million Social Security recipients were still waiting for their checks, and that the IRS had asked the SSA to send it payment files two weeks before the checks were signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11.
“As of today, SSA still has not provided the IRS with the payment files that are needed to issue [stimulus checks] to these struggling Americans,” the letter says. It is signed by Representatives Richard Neal, John Larson, Bill Pascrell and Danny Davis.
Their prodding appeared to have paid off. Lawmakers on March 25 said they received notice from the SSA that the agency sent payment data for 30 million Social Security recipients to the IRS that morning.
The SSA confirmed the release of the payment information in a separate statement, adding that it had had to work out a “reimbursable agreement with IRS because we received no direct appropriation through” the American Rescue Act for work that’s not directly related to its programs or mission.
IRS says “soon”
On Monday, the IRS said it had received the payment information for the 30 million beneficiaries, adding “we anticipate proceeding to make the payment soon,” although it didn’t specify the timeframe.
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SOURCE: CBS News, Aimee Picchi