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Unsent Virus Payments Partly Congress’ Fault, IRS Chief Says

Nov. 20, 2020, 6:57 PM

The IRS shouldn’t shoulder all the blame for virus relief payments that haven’t reached millions of eligible people, the agency’s commissioner said.

The CARES Act (Public Law 116-136), a relief law enacted in March, assigned the IRS to deliver millions of one-time economic impact payments to help individuals cope with the pandemic’s fallout. The agency has delivered more than 160 million of the payments, totaling more than $270 billion. But millions of eligible people with low incomes, who don’t normally file tax returns, still haven’t received the money because the IRS can’t identify them.

  • IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig ...

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