Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urge IRS to Extend Filing Deadline for Families to Receive Full Stimulus Payments

Apr 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and a bipartisan coalition of Representatives wrote IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig urging him to take immediate action to ensure that Americans who don't regularly file taxes, but have dependent children under the age of 17, have additional time to submit that information to receive a full economic stimulus payment.

"According to recent reporting, approximately one million children may be deprived of the $500 payment that was intended to assist families in the CARES Act if they fail to complete an online form by noon yesterday, April 22, 2020,"  wrote the Representatives

Background

The CARES Act authorized up to $1,200 economic stimulus payments to eligible individuals and provided $500 for each dependent child under 17. The IRS uses tax filing information to issue payments to most Americans, but there are many eligible recipients that do not file taxes regularly. To alleviate an additional filing burden for those Americans, the IRS entered into information sharing agreements with Social Security and the VA, which do not have information on dependent children. The IRS then established a web portal for filing necessary information for the $500 additional benefit with an April 22 deadline, only three days after announcing the requirement. 

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