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After Larson Request, Treasury to Allow Social Security Beneficiaries Receive COVID-19 Relief Payments Automatically

April 2, 2020
Press Release

Hartford, CT - House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the U.S. Treasury Department’s announcement that they would allow Social Security beneficiaries to receive COVID-19 relief payments automatically without having to file tax returns. Yesterday, Larson led a letter with 30+ members of Congress asking Treasury to reverse their guidance stating that seniors and other beneficiaries would half to file tax returns to receive payments.

“The Treasury Department made the right decision to reverse its misguided proposal and ensure that Social Security beneficiaries will automatically receive their economic impact payments as Congress had intended.  These payments are meant to help our most vulnerable and now they will. Our next step should be looking into ways to further aid these beneficiaries. I introduced the Emergency Social Security Benefits Improvement Act to increase benefits for all Social Security beneficiaries to help them weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic. Helping those most in need will continue to be my focus. I urge the Trump Administration to do the same for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)  beneficiaries, veterans, and railroad retirement beneficiaries.”