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Mnuchin reverses course, won't force seniors to file tax return for coronavirus stimulus check

Published on April 12, 2020 6:00 AM
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WASHINGTON - The Trump administration backtracked Wednesday evening on new rules for getting stimulus checks, saying Social Security recipients wont have to file a tax return to receive a payment.

The move is a response to pressure from elderly Americans and senators to rescind guidance issued Monday that said seniors needed to file a return to get the checks of up to 1,200, even if they werent ordinarily required to file taxes.

"We want to ensure that our senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and low-income Americans receive Economic Impact Payments quickly and without undue burden," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. "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 officials said the IRS will use existing SSA-1099 and RRB-1099 forms to make the payments to seniors. Theyll get a direct deposit if there is a ...