Politics IRS: Federal beneficiaries to get relief checks starting April 7
House Democrats demand answers on slow $1,400 checks
A group of House Democrats is calling for answers on reported delays in getting the current round of $1,400 direct payments under the recently passed $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan to people who do not have to file a tax return, including veterans and some Social Security beneficiaries.In a letter released on Twitter by one of the Democrats who signed it, Rep. Bill Pascrell (N.J.), the lawmakers ask the heads of the IRS and Social Security Administration (SSA) to issue the stimulus payments with speed.
The Treasury Department said Tuesday that recipients of Social Security and other federal benefits should receive their third direct relief payments by April 7 after nearly a month of delays.
The department said the IRS is on track to deliver stimulus checks to most of roughly 30 million Americans who've yet to obtain them by next Wednesday after processing and reviewing 2021 income information the agency received last week.
"After receiving data from the Social Security Administration on Thursday, March 25, the IRS began the multi-step process to review, validate, and test tens of millions of records to ensure eligibility and proper calculation of Economic Impact Payments," the department said.
Democrats divided on gun control strategy
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) needs to unify his caucus on gun control legislation, a top Democratic priority, but he already faces various problems. © The Hill Democrats divided on gun control strategy Centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) says a background-checks bill passed by the House goes too far while other colleagues, such as Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), are pushing for an assault weapons ban and restrictions on high-capacity magazines, controversial proposals that would be tough for moderates to support.
"If no additional issues arise, the IRS currently expects to complete that work and to begin processing these payment files at the end of this week. Because the majority of these payments will be disbursed electronically - through direct deposits and payments to existing Direct Express cards - they would be received on the official payment date of April 7."
Those receiving payments via check or prepaid debit card will likely receive their payments after April 7.
Millions of Americans who depend on Social Security, veterans benefits and railroad pensions have spent weeks waiting for the relief checks authorized by President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid plan.
While the IRS was able to disburse more than 100 million payments soon after Biden signed the bill on March 11, the Social Security Administration's delay in sending income data to the agency prevented the distribution of checks to federal beneficiaries.
Under pressure from House Democrats, the Social Security Administration turned over that information to the IRS last week, which said it would begin processing the data and lining up payments to eligible recipients.
NFL eyeing onsite offseason workouts; NFLPA prefers virtual setup .
The NFL indicated meetings will likely remain virtual for the foreseeable future, but this year’s offseason workouts are not expected to be fully virtual like they were in 2020. However, the union has offered pushback to an onsite offseason returning this year.As of now, teams can schedule onsite OTAs to begin April 19. This is, however, contingent on no offseason plan being agreed to between the NFL and NFLPA. The union has offered pushback to an onsite offseason returning this year, with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reporting little progress has been made between the sides on this front.