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Wed Apr 1, 2020, 07:24 PM

Washington Post today - Now Americans on SS have to file a tax return (discrepancy)

The Trump administration is requiring Americans who receive Social Security to file a tax return to receive their $1,200 economic stimulus payment, an added step that is causing confusion and could prevent millions from easy access to relief.

further down article:

But, the Internal Revenue Service posted a notice on its website on Monday instructing Social Security recipients who do not normally send in a return to file a “simple” tax return, which will be available soon.

“People who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive an economic impact payment," the IRS said. “Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax.”
A request to IRS and the Treasury Department for comment about the discrepancy was not returned. Democrats and some Republicans are upset that the Trump administration isn’t doing more to help ensure that as many Americans as possible get these payments during this national health emergency.

Forty-one Democratic senators sent the White House a letter Wednesday asking why the Trump administration is placing this “significant burden” on senior citizens and the disabled. GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri called it “ridiculous."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/01/bailout-checks-social-security/

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Reply Washington Post today - Now Americans on SS have to file a tax return (discrepancy) (Original post)
womanofthehills Apr 2020 OP
Cicada Apr 2020 #1
womanofthehills Apr 2020 #3
Cetacea Apr 2020 #2
2naSalit Apr 2020 #4
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2020 #5
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Response to womanofthehills (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 07:38 PM

1. Couple hours ago Mnuchin himself clarified that no tax return required.

The law permitted automatic checks to everyone on social security, no action required. But a Trump admin failed to implement it. So IRS Mar 30 published advice a return was required. Dems and some Repubs went batshit hair on fire this morning. So Trump admin fixed it. Social security beneficiaries will get the checks automatically even if they don’t file tax returns.

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Response to Cicada (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 07:44 PM

3. Good to hear that as we kept getting mixed messages.

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Response to womanofthehills (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 07:40 PM

2. This is what they do

Make it mearly impossible for them to get the check. Moscow's original package excluded them altogether. Let them eat cat food...

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Response to Cetacea (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 09:58 PM

4. Just like back in the "good ole days". ...nt

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Response to womanofthehills (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 01:28 AM

5. Looks like this was reversed:

Social Security recipients who don't usually file tax returns no longer need to file them
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142461432

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Response to womanofthehills (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 01:28 AM

6. Looks like this was reversed:

Social Security recipients who don't usually file tax returns no longer need to file them
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142461432

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