SOCIAL Security recipients may soon receive their third stimulus checks after their payment file was sent to the IRS on Thursday, according to reports.
Millions of people who get monthly retirement or disability benefits have been left frustrated after not being able to receive an answer on why the $1,400 checks have not yet been deposited.
It comes despite the IRS saying Wednesday that 127million stimulus payments have been sent out in the past two weeks and the government body applauding the speed at which they were able to distribute the money.
Benefit recipients were still kept waiting even as the second batch of stimulus payments went out this week.
Veterans and those who have retired from railroads have also not received the payment almost two weeks after the American Rescue Plan was signed into law and check distribution began.
Desperate Americans called for help as no explanation was given for the holdup.
It caused leading Democrats to push the Social Security Administration (SSA) on why it had failed to send social security recipients’ payment information to the IRS for the checks to be quickly processed.
Lawmakers learned the IRS requested payment files needed to issue the stimulus checks to nearly 30 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients two weeks before Biden signed the pandemic relief law into effect on March 11.
House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal sent a letter to Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul on Wednesday looking for an explanation, according to Fox 23.
“We understand that these beneficiaries are waiting because the Social Security Administration has not sent the necessary payment files to the Internal Revenue Service,” Neal wrote.
The SSA has said that the file is now being sent over Thursday for distribution to begin.
A spokesperson for the agency told The Hill that it had not been allowed to send out the information earlier as it did not receive the same authorization it did for the first round of payments last year.
“Social Security staff is working day and night with Treasury and IRS representatives to ensure that the electronic file of Social Security and SSI recipients is complete, accurate, and ready to be used to issue payments,” the spokesperson said.
NO DATE CONFIRMED
Neither the SSA nor the IRS has yet announced a date on which federal benefit recipients can expect to receive the money.
The IRS said in a statement that it will release information “as soon as it becomes available” and advised waiting Americans to check its website, urging them not to call the agency.
It added that “the IRS is working directly with the Social Security Administration, the Railroad Retirement Board, and the Veterans Administration to obtain updated 2021 information to ensure that as many people as possible are sent fast, automatic payments.”
The $1,400 stimulus checks, included in a bill that President Biden signed into law on March 11, are expected to provide financial relief to millions of Americans who are struggling through the coronavirus pandemic.
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There will also be a $1,400 check sent for each dependent in the household.
People are advised to use the IRS’s Get My Payment to track their payments.