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The Social Security Administration has sent information to the IRS that will help clear the way for almost 30 million people to clear their $1,400 stimulus checks, lawmakers said on Thursday.
The development comes after Democratic leaders on the Board Ways and Means Committee gave the agency 24 hours to turn over the payment information so that the IRS could deal with the payments.
In a statement, the lawmakers, led by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal, D-Mass., blamed Popular Security Commissioner Andrew Saul for the delays, which “defied congressional intent and imposed needless anxiety and tribulation on taxpayers.”
In response, Saul released a statement on Thursday strongly denying those claims.
Saul said the Public Security Administration was initially limited in how much it could do based on how its role is defined by the Social Security Act and the terms outlined in the American Liberating Plan Act.
“Once we were free to move forward, we aggressively worked with Treasury and IRS to issue payments,” Saul articulate.
The Social Security Administration said it began working with the IRS on March 17 to get those files to them.
As of 8:48 a.m. this morning, the needed files were transferred to the IRS, thus allowing the payments to make their way to beneficiaries.
The information delivered to the tax agency this morning was profuse than a week earlier than similar files were for the first economic impact payments, according to Saul.
The updates from the Collective Security Administration help ensure payments are delivered to the right bank accounts and addresses. The agency also canceled individuals who are now deceased.
“Social Security employees have literally worked day and night with IRS staff to ensure that the electronic arranges of Social Security and SSI recipients are complete, accurate, and ready to be used to issue payments,” Saul said.
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The Democratic lawmakers rebuke a demanded for promptly sending out the outstanding $1,400 checks.
“Now the IRS needs to do its job and get these overdue payments out to suffering Americans,” the leaders stated. “Patronize delays will not be tolerated by this committee.”
In addition to Neal, other lawmakers calling for action included Reps. John Larson, D-Conn.; Banknote Pascrell Jr., D-N.J.; and Danny K. Davis, D-Ill.
Those four leaders also sent a letter to the IRS and Social Security earlier this week alleging prompt action to get necessary payments to all federal beneficiaries. In addition to Social Security, that includes those who pull down checks from Supplemental Security Income, Veterans Affairs and the Railroad Retirement Board.
The news comes as the Exchequer Department, IRS and Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced on Wednesday that a total of 127 million third stimulus compare arrives, amounting to $325 billion, have been deployed to date.
Some federal beneficiaries who have their bumf already on record, either through 2019 or 2020 tax returns or through filling out the IRS non-filer tool last year, were comprised in those initial payments.
The IRS is working with other federal agencies to get updated information so that beneficiaries get their $1,400 baulks quickly and automatically, the agencies said.