Congressman Steven Horsford Secures Direct Payment Answers from IRS

April 2, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- After demanding answers from the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of the Treasury, Congressman Steven Horsford (NV-04) along with his colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee, secured a timeline of the direct payments to Americans authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Support (CARES) Act.

“I know there is still work to be done to provide American families with economic relief and certainty. Today, we are able to share a plan on the direct payments that will go out to Nevadans in the coming weeks. This is the first step in providing relief to workers, families and small businesses.” Congressman Horsford said. “I recognize some of our country’s most vulnerable are still awaiting relief and answers, and I will continue the fight to provide them the economic support they need during this difficult time.”

The amount of the rebate that Nevadans receive depends on family size and income. The payment is $1,200 for each adult individual ($2,400 for married couples or those who file their taxes jointly), with $500 for each qualifying child. Direct payments are reduced by $5 for every $100 of income up to $150,000 for a joint filer, $112,500 for a head of household filer, and $75,000 for single filers.

The information that Congressman Horsford received from the IRS and Treasury Department is below:

Starting the week of April 13, the IRS will begin sending out direct payments, starting with about the 60 million Americans who have direct deposit information on file with the IRS from their 2018 or 2019 tax returns.

During the first week of May, the IRS will begin sending paper checks to individuals. About 5 million paper checks will be sent per week, which could take up to 20 weeks to get all the checks out. 

The checks will be issued starting with people with the lowest income first. Paper checks will be sent to  roughly 100 million Americans who do not have direct deposit information on file with the IRS. Those who want to receive their payment via direct deposit may file a “simple tax return” released by the IRS in the coming weeks.

For Americans receiving Social Security who do not file returns, the Treasury Department and the IRS announced yesterday that they will NOT need to file a tax return to receive their rebate. Social Security recipients will receive their rebate just as they would their Social Security benefits. 

For other taxpayers who do not file returns, the IRS expects to release a “simple tax return” that will contain only a few questions, including name, social security number, dependents, and deposit information.  There also will be future IRS guidance on this “simple tax return” when it’s released.

The IRS expects to create a portal by the end of April/early May that will allow taxpayers to find out the status of their rebate payment and update direct deposit information. The agency is also encouraging taxpayers to file their 2019 returns to the maximum extent possible.  As taxpayers file their 2019 returns electronically, the IRS will post updated tax information weekly to its files and then send this information to another agency that will issue weekly payments.