Leaders send treasury letter

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) called on the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help individuals who did not receive their COVID-19 stimulus payments or received inaccurate payments as soon as possible. The letter follows concerns raised by Granite Staters who have not received their full stimulus payments.

“Americans urgently need this direct cash assistance, and we have heard from many constituents who have received stimulus payments that are less than they were owed, or have not received their payments at all,” wrote the Congressional Delegation. “We commend the work of your agencies in rapidly distributing approximately 130 million stimulus payments within the weeks following passage of the CARES Act. More than 500,000 payments have been distributed to Granite Staters so far, totaling nearly $1 billion in direct cash assistance to our constituents….However, we are concerned about the significant number of individuals in New Hampshire who have contacted our offices regarding a variety of problems with their stimulus payments.”

In the letter, the Congressional Delegation cites issues such as Social Security and disability beneficiaries who either did not receive their payments automatically as intended, or filed to receive the $500 payment for dependents but did not receive that payment. Others are tax filers who should have received their payments but did not.

While the IRS this week created a hotline for individuals to call with questions, the IRS has previously indicated that if individuals did not receive their full payment, they would need to wait until 2021 to receive the correct amount. “Struggling families in New Hampshire cannot wait until 2021 to receive the full stimulus payments to which they are entitled by law,” wrote the Congressional Delegation.

The letter from the NH Congressional Delegation sent today follows efforts led by Senator Hassan to get Americans the stimulus payments they are entitled to. As a result of efforts led by Senator Hassan and joined by colleagues including Senator Shaheen, more than 18 million Americans will now automatically receive their $1,200 stimulus payments included in the bipartisan CARES Act without having to file tax returns. This includes automatic payments to those who receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income, and VA pension, disability, or survivor benefits.