A bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department found a way to provide welcome relief to some of those affected by government lockdowns implemented to contain the deadly Asian disease.
The IRS will bypass Congress and send backdated CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus stimulus payments to about 50,000 struggling Americans, whose economic impact payments (EIPs) were used to cover outstanding child support obligations.
“These catch-up payments are due to be issued in early-to-mid-September,” the IRS said. “They will be mailed as checks to any eligible spouse who submitted Form 8379, injured spouse allocation, along with their 2019 federal income tax return, or in some cases, their 2018 return. These spouses do not need to take any action to get their money [and] the IRS will automatically issue the portion of the EIP.”
Those in similar circumstances who did not file a Form 8379, injured spouse allocation, or did not receive a portion of the EIP, will also automatically receive their payment.
Anyone who thinks they might be eligible for the IRS payment can download the Get My Payment tool from the official IRS website.
“These individuals also do not need to take any action and do not need to submit a Form 8379,” the IRS said. “The IRS does not yet have a timeframe but will automatically issue the portion of the EIP that was applied to the other spouse’s debt at a later date.”
The measure came after the Democratic Party used its numbers in the Senate to prevent the latest CCP Virus relief bill from proceeding to the floor on Sept. 10. The total number of votes failed to reach the minimum of 60 needed to consider the stimulus package after 47 Democrats chose to block Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) legislation.
The deal worth between $500 billion and $700 billion, would have provided supplemental unemployment insurance benefits and extended aid for small enterprises. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have refused to support any package worth less than their proposed $2.2 trillion package because they want to decide how the money is allocated.
It is now unlikely any additional relief money will reach struggling businesses and Americans affected by government lockdowns to help contain the deadly disease until after the upcoming election on Nov. 3.
The White House suspects the dispute may indeed have to be settled on Election Day by giving the Republican Party a clear majority in both the House and Senate.
“Listen, we are not going to negotiate here because the speaker has been very clear when she said $2.2 trillion, she said do not do anything at all Chuck [Schumer],” chief of staff Mark Meadows said in a video shared on YouTube. “I said, ‘What does the $2.2 trillion represent?’ You know what her response was? ‘I am not going to tell you, let me fill in the blanks’—that is not a proper negotiation nor is it anything that the American people accept.”