The Hill reports the Treasury Department said late Wednesday that Social Security recipients who typically don’t file tax returns will automatically receive their coronavirus relief checks and will not have to file tax returns to receive their payments.
The announcement comes two days after the IRS released guidance that suggested Social Security beneficiaries would need to file what are known as simple tax returns to receive the money.
“Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement Wednesday night.
The coronavirus relief measure President Trump signed into law on Friday provides one-time payments to individuals, with up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child.
The law states that in cases where taxpayers didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019, the IRS can look at information in Social Security and railroad retirement benefit statements to get people their payments.
But the IRS released a question-and-answer document on Monday saying that “some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.”
Lawmakers, tax policy experts and advocates for retirees were upset with the IRS guidance, arguing that requiring seniors to file tax returns to get their payments would be burdensome. A number of lawmakers wrote letters to the Trump administration urging officials to allow seniors to automatically receive their payments.