Golden Pushes for Answers About Mainers’ Economic Impact Payments from the IRS

June 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — As Mainers continue to report trouble accessing their Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) months after the first funds were disbursed, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and 39 members of Congress pushed the IRS to address questions about delayed payments to families that are struggling to make ends meet.

The IRS has been largely unresponsive to questions, and online answers have often been unclear or unhelpful. As more Mainers turn to congressional staff to receive updates about delayed payments, this has left many Mainers without answers. 

“We want to bring to your attention concerns expressed by many of our caseworkers who are supporting constituents seeking to receive EIP support. To that end, we urge you to expand the lines of communication between congressional offices and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to assist constituents with EIP…” Golden and his colleagues said in the letter. “We recognize Americans entitled to EIP can, at the minimum, receive financial reprieve in 2021 when they file their 2020 tax returns. That said, distressed households are depending on these critical funds at this very moment.

“We urge you to address these concerns so that our constituents can easily access the money they desperately need during these challenging times…” They continued. “The expansion of lines of communication between our congressional offices and the IRS would improve the success of EIP and the ability to assist constituents during these difficult circumstances.”

Read a copy of the letter here.