Clyburn To Treasury and IRS: Give 9 Million Americans More Time to Claim Stimulus Checks
Washington, D.C. (September 11, 2020) — Today, Rep. James E. Clyburn, Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, issued the following statement after the Internal Revenue Service announced plans to mail notices to Americans who have not received their stimulus check. Chairman Clyburn previously wrote to Treasury and IRS on July 8, 2020, urging them to identify how many people were still waiting to receive their stimulus check and to expedite those payments.
“Two months ago, I warned Treasury and IRS that millions of Americans with an ‘acute and urgent need for direct federal support’ were still waiting for stimulus checks, and I urged the Administration to identify these Americans and conduct outreach to ensure they can claim their checks. I am pleased the Administration is finally taking steps to inform 9 million Americans about how to claim their checks, but I am concerned that the Administration’s foot-dragging will limit the impact of this important step. I urge Treasury and IRS to send these notices out quickly and to extend the deadline to apply online beyond October 15, 2020.”
The stimulus checks were part of the CARES Act, and were intended by Congress to provide immediate relief to help alleviate the financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
For people who do not file taxes, called non-filers, the IRS has an online tool that individuals can use to claim their stimulus payment at any time before October 15, 2020. People who do not apply online may need to wait until 2021 and file a tax return to claim their stimulus checks.
In response to the Select Subcommittee’s July 8 request, Treasury staff initially asserted the Department did not know how many eligible Americans had not yet received a payment.