President Donald Trump’s administration needs to modify IRS guidelines that could hurt access to relief payments for millions of low-income people in the country, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Tuesday.
Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, pointed to IRS procedures for receiving federal benefits. People who receive federal benefits and do not need to file taxes to receive relief under the CARES Act — those who receive Social Security, disability benefits and survivors insurance — have until noon today to register child dependents who are eligible for additional $500 payments.
Gillibrand said the short-notice requirement could affect veterans and Social Security recipients and needs to be altered to give people more time.
“The IRS’ recently announced deadline for registering child dependents impedes the ability of millions of vulnerable Americans, including veterans and social security recipients, to access critical relief funds,” Gillibrand said. “During this time of crisis, the government should be doing everything possible to make it easier for people to receive direct relief, but this short-sighted decision makes it harder. I am urging the Trump administration to modify these misguided guidelines — failure to do so would be irresponsible and negligent.”
Those are not able to apply in time for the deadline will have to wait until next year for the additional relief payments.