Trump To Signature Appear On Every Stimulus Check, IRS Denies That Change Will Delay Payments
President Donald Trump‘s signature will appear on all the paper stimulus checks sent to American taxpayers.
Although two senior Treasury officials told the Washington Post, which first reported the decision, that the decision to include Trump’s name could delay the checks up to 20 weeks, the Internal Revenue Service told CNN this would not be the case.
“Thanks to hard work and long hours by dedicated IRS employees, these payments are going out on schedule, as planned, without delay, to the nation,” Jodie Reynolds, an IRS spokeswoman, said. “The IRS employees are delivering these payments in record time compared to previous stimulus efforts.”
The stimulus benefits, ranging up to $1200 depending on income, will first be sent to those with direct deposit information on file with the IRS. Some have already been deposited.
According to a memo from the House Ways and Means Committee, five million paper checks will be sent per week — meaning it could take up to 20 weeks to issue them all. Those with the lowest incomes will receive their payments first.
There have already been some issues with the direct deposits, namely dead people are receiving checks.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) tweeted Wednesday a screenshot of a text conversation with a friend who said his dead father received a direct deposit.
Ok this is insane, but just the tip of the iceberg. This is a direct text to me from a friend. I called to confirm this actually just happened. pic.twitter.com/GBRPcmYMXW
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) April 15, 2020
Any overpayment made by the IRS will not have to be returned, as it is considered a “clerical or math error on behalf of the IRS.”