Congressmen Panetta Co-Leads Letter Urging IRS to Provide Automatic COVID-19 Relief Payments to Social Security and SSI Beneficiaries

April 1, 2020
Press Release

SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley), a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Services (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig, urging the IRS to provide automatic COVID-19 Relief Payments to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries. 

“Tens of millions of SSA beneficiaries, particularly SSI recipients and the 1 in 4 seniors who depend almost exclusively on Social Security to make ends meet, do not file returns.  These individuals include some of the most vulnerable who are unlikely to have the capability to file a return. This will cause substantial delay for those who need it most and may result in many never receiving assistance at all.

“We strongly urge you to reconsider the guidance requiring Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries to complete an onerous and unnecessary process, and instead urge you to ensure that these beneficiaries receive their recovery rebate payments automatically,” wrote the members.

Congressman Panetta was joined in leading the letter by House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (IL-07), and Select Revenues Subcommittee Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05), Health Subcommittee Chairman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), and Committee Member Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-09).

Full letter can be viewed below or here.