Fighting for you

Dear Friend,

My office has been in touch with many seniors and people with disabilities who are particularly vulnerable to the economic impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on our communities. There's no question that this is a worrisome time for New Mexicans who are struggling to make ends meet.

That's why I was so alarmed to learn earlier this week that the IRS was issuing guidance that said that Social Security beneficiaries would need to file tax returns in order to receive direct cash payments. That directly contradicted the intention of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act--a new law we just passed to provide desperately needed economic relief for American workers and families. So I sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calling on him to use his authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of whether they file taxes.

I'm pleased to announce that the Trump administration is reversing course on this matter. Going forward, Social Security recipients--including seniors and people with disabilities--will not need to file taxes in order to receive their direct cash payments. This is welcome news for thousands of New Mexicans who need help right away. More information from the IRS is available here.

I will continue to hold the Trump Administration accountable every step of the way in implementing all of the emergency measures Congress passed as rapidly and effectively as possible so our health providers and the families who need help get it without delay.

One of the most important jobs I have is helping constituents when they are having problems with federal agencies. I encourage you to contact my office if I can be of assistance.

Sincerely,

MARTIN HEINRICH

United States Senator