Senator Collins leads push to send veterans, SSI recipients federal checks automatically

Senator Susan Collins is leading the push to get America’s veterans and those who receive SSI automatic payments from the federal CAREs Act.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Susan Collins is leading the push to ensure that America’s veterans, individuals with disabilities and senior citizens who are not required to file a tax return are able to receive their federal rebate check automatically, without being required to file a tax return.

Joining Senator Collins in the push is Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Together they have filed letters with the U.S. Treasury Department, Veterans Affairs, Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration. The letter urges the agencies to take appropriate steps to ensure these individuals do not have to go file an unnecessary income tax return to receive their payments.

“Requiring veterans and SSI recipients to file a tax return in order to receive their stimulus payment adds an additional burden on those most vulnerable to this pandemic and increases the risk they will not receive these much-needed payments,” Senators Collins and Sinema wrote.  “It also makes these individuals more vulnerable to scammers who will try to steal their personal information and hard-earned savings in exchange for helping them access their economic impact payments.”

“Our nation’s veterans and SSI recipients deserve better,” the Senators continued.  “We urge you to continue to work together to allow these individuals to receive their economic impact payment automatically. 

The CARES Act, which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on March 27th, provides tax rebates of $1,200 to individuals and $2,400 for married couples.  The checks begin phasing out for single filers with incomes exceeding $75,000 and $150,000 for joint filers. 

You can read the letter from Senator Susan Collins and Senator Kyrsten Sinema to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, and SSA Commissioner Andrew Saul by clicking here.

Previously the IRS announced that individuals with disabilities and seniors who receive social security benefits would not be required to file an income tax return to receive the automatic payment.

Senator Collins is now seeking to ensure that individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income and pensions from the Department of Veterans Affairs also receive the automatic payments.

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