Veterans Affairs disability and pension beneficiaries should receive their third stimulus check sometime in April.
“Veterans who didn't filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return or use the IRS's Non-filer tool last year may have to wait a bit longer to receive a third stimulus check,” Kiplinger’s reported this week. “That's because the IRS is still reviewing data sent over from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that it needs to process third-round stimulus payments for them. The tax agency currently estimates that stimulus payments for VA beneficiaries who don't regularly file a tax return could be sent by mid-April.”
The Treasury Department said March 30 that it "continues to review data received for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit recipients and expects to determine a payment date and provide more details soon. Currently, the IRS estimates that Economic Impact Payments for VA beneficiaries who do not regularly file tax returns could be disbursed by mid-April.”
Why does it take so long? Most stimulus payments are calculated based on the person’s income from their tax return in 2019 or 2020.
“The Non-filers tool that the IRS set up last year to collect data for first-round stimulus checks is one possible source for the needed data,” Kiplingers said. “Another is a federal agency that pays you benefits on a regular basis – such as the Department of Veterans Affairs for certain veterans. But once information is sent by another federal agency, the IRS must go through a multi-step process to validate and test the data.”
The IRS’ Get My Payment website is available here.
There have been various trouble over the years at the Veterans’ Administration, including a 2014 scandal that led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, during the Obama Administration.
At the end of the Trump Administration, an op-ed piece in The Hill assessed the former president’s “mixed legacy” when it came to veterans affairs.
Trump had signed several pieces of legislation related to veterans and the VA, including the Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, the Veterans Choice Improvement Act and the Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act. However, it wasn’t all good for the VA under the 45th president.
“Despite some progress, the past four years at the VA have been largely complicated by chaos and in-fighting, which has been detrimental to a number of veterans and also interfered with the implementation of a number of the administration’s policy objectives,” Rory E. Riley-Topping wrote.
Trump also claimed, in numerous speeches, that he had passed the Veterans Choice Act, after years of failures by previous presidents. But the Veterans Choice Act was signed in 2014 by President Obama, with Trump signing a different law, the Veterans Choice Improvement Act, in 2017.
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