“These are two groups with significant numbers of non-filers for whom the federal government has the data necessary to deliver the payments automatically — and they deserve the same treatment as Social Security recipients,” the letter signed by Brown and others states.
The Supplemental Security Income program serves are aged, blind or disabled people who have little or no income.
The IRS and Treasury earlier this week said some seniors who normally do not file tax returns would need to file a simple return to receive payments, which will be up to $1,200 per person who qualify, based on income.
The agencies late Wednesday clarified this will not be needed for Social Security retirement and disability beneficiaries and “railroad retirees.”
The Treasury still plans to develop an Internet portal in coming weeks for people to provide their banking information to the IRS, which is intended to help stimulus recipients to get the money as soon as it is released, instead of having to wait for a check in the mail.
But on Friday, Brown and other senators in a letter urged administration officials with the VA, the Social Security Administration and the Treasury also not to require veterans, people with disabilities and low-income seniors to file simple tax forms to get a stimulus payment.
The lawmakers say the federal government has all the information it needs to ensure members of these groups can receive payments automatically, without needing to file any additional paperwork.
The IRS has continued to say that some taxpayers who do not typically file a tax return will need to submit a simple return to receive an economic impact payment.