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Joe Biden will NOT put his name on COVID-19 relief checks which delayed stimulus checks last year when Donald Trump demanded it

 President Joe Biden will not have his name on the $1,400 stimulus checks as President Donald Trump did on COVID-19 relief payments that were sent out to Americans last year. 

'Well, we are doing everything in our power to expedite the payments and not delay them, which is why the president's name will not appear on the memo line of this round of stimulus checks,' said White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday. 'This is not about him. This is about the American people getting relief.' 

It took more than two weeks for the IRS to begin sending the first $1,200 electronic payments to taxpayers last April after Trump signed the $2.3 trillion CARES Act relief package into law on March 27, including a three-week lag for paper checks, after changes were made to print Trump's name on it. 

President Joe Biden's name wont' be on the COVID-19 relief checks, the White House announced Tuesday. Last year former President Donald Trump demanded that his name was on the paper checks as he ran for re-election

President Joe Biden's name wont' be on the COVID-19 relief checks, the White House announced Tuesday. Last year former President Donald Trump demanded that his name was on the paper checks as he ran for re-election 

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden's name will not be on the fresh round of $1,400 checks. 'This is not about him. This is about the American people getting relief,' she told reporters Tuesday

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden's name will not be on the fresh round of $1,400 checks. 'This is not about him. This is about the American people getting relief,' she told reporters Tuesday 

Former President Donald Trump had his name inked on the stimulus checks that were given out to Americans as part of the first COVID-19 stimulus last spring, which delayed the payments for three weeks

Former President Donald Trump had his name inked on the stimulus checks that were given out to Americans as part of the first COVID-19 stimulus last spring, which delayed the payments for three weeks 

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Trump was running for re-election at the time.  

The White House has been promising that the $1,400 checks, which are part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that is expected to pass the House of Representatives for a final time Wednesday morning, will start going out this month. 

Psaki said Tuesday that Treasury officials are 'working to ensure more people can get them electronically,' which should expedite the process. 

She also said that the checks wouldn't be delayed so Biden's name could be displayed on the paper versions. 

'He did not think that was a priority or a necessary step,' Psaki said.  

The U.S. government could start delivering $1,400 as early as this week, compared with the lag of several weeks experienced in April 2020.          

Nearly 160 million households are expected to get payments, the White House estimates.  

The Treasury Department's Internal Revenue Service will have new challenges on its hands, though, thanks to the relief bill, which Biden and his fellow Democrats argue is needed to stem the continuing economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Incarcerated people, those with non-citizen spouses and relatives of those who died in 2020 will be eligible to receive payments.

The bill also includes an expanded child tax credit of up to $3,000 per child, or $3,600 for each kid under the age of six. 

The IRS will pay part of this in monthly installments of $250 or $300 from July through December, adding a benefits distributor role to the revenue collection agency's responsibilities.

The IRS, which has more than 70,000 employees, handles over 190 million individual and corporate tax returns a year, but it has been hobbled by budget cuts and obsolete technology in recent years. 

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, as the COVID-19 relief package is called, includes $1.46 billion for the agency, which is running into its busiest season, as the April 15 deadline for individual taxpayers approaches.

A U.S. Treasury spokeswoman said the Biden administration's priority was to speed relief to Americans, adding: 'Treasury stands ready to implement the direct payment check program as soon as the American Rescue Plan is passed.'

Making one-off payments to those who regularly file tax returns should not be a struggle for the IRS, said Janet Holtzblatt, senior fellow with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. 

'They have already ironed out many of the snafus that slowed the previous rollouts,' Holtzblatt said. 'The IRS continues to surprise me in its ability to step up to these challenges.'

The year-end $900 billion stimulus was signed by Trump on Dec. 27, a week after Congress passed it. 

The IRS began sending electronic payments out two days later.

Biden left the IRS plenty of wiggle room after the Senate passed the Democratic-backed bill on Saturday, saying his plan 'would get checks out the door this month.'

But Democrats in Congress, including Senator Bob Casey, were more optimistic on Sunday. 

Payments will go out 'in very short order,' Casey said. 'The Treasury Department is prepared for this. They've been dealing with this issue since last March.'

Another key priority for the next round will be signing up more people for electronic payments, including those earning too little to file tax returns or those not getting other federal benefits, who were left out of past payment rounds.

Homeless people and those without internet access will be difficult to reach, but Holtzblatt said community outreach groups that were shut down last spring due to the pandemic could now provide some help in signing them up.


President Donald Trump, who was running for re-election last year, wanted his name written on the paper checks that went out to Americans, giving them stimulus funds during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump, who was running for re-election last year, wanted his name written on the paper checks that went out to Americans, giving them stimulus funds during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic 

The child tax credit changes are a vast undertaking, tax experts say. All taxpayers earning under $200,000 with children 17 or under living with them at least half the year can claim the credit.

Biden's bill increases the credit to $3,000, from $2,000, for each child aged 6 to 17 for parents earning under $75,000 each and allows the monthly installments to supplement incomes and reduce child poverty.

Nina Olson, executive director of the Center for Taxpayer Rights in Washington and the IRS' national taxpayer advocate from 2001 to 2019, said a key challenge would be determining whether the children actually lived with their parents, which could hold up the payments.

The IRS also needs to change its culture to reflect a changing mission, she said.

'The IRS needs to recognize that it's not just a revenue collector, but it is a social benefits administrator, and it needs to staff itself and organize its training accordingly,' Olson said.

1 comment:

  1. Use that MONEY FOR GUNS AND AMMO! GIVE THE THIEVING USURPERS ZERO IN TAXES TO STEAL AND MISUSE!

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