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Social Security recipients will not have to file tax return for stimulus checks

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Posted at 6:31 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 08:31:45-04

SALT LAKE CITY — US residents on Social Security will not have to file a tax return to get their stimulus payments.

Wednesday night, the Treasury Department announced the change.

Previously, people, who under normal circumstances would not have to file their taxes, had to submit a "simple" tax return to be eligible.

The stimulus payments will now happen automatically with information the IRS already has.

The move comes after 41 senators wrote a letter to the Trump administration, urging it to reconsider.

Congressman Ben McAdams who is recovering from a bout of COVID-19, also called the Treasury Department about these changes.

McAdams said 'The CARES Act' is "designed to deliver immediate help to Americans" and that it's "wrong for the IRS to create unnecessary hurdles for these individuals".

McAdams also said he hopes government agencies will work together to uphold the intent of The CARES Act by getting the economic impact checks to those who need them as soon as possible.