Veterans and certain survivors who already receive payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs can expect to get stimulus funds intended to offset hardships caused by the covid-19 pandemic. VA is working with the Treasury Department to process the benefit payments without necessitating the need for veterans to file additional paperwork.
The payments were authorized in a $2 trillion Coronavirus relief bill signed last month. VA and the IRS are taking steps to ensure that all eligible veterans get the payments, even if they did not file income tax returns in 2018 or 2019, according to DoD.
“Many have expressed concern that veterans and their beneficiaries would be overlooked during the distribution of economic impact payments … simply because they don’t file an annual tax return,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said. “This collaboration will ensure our veterans receive … payments without any additional action or paperwork required.”
The payments will be automatic. Veterans can check the status of their payments by visiting the Get My Payment tool on the IRS web site, https://www.irs.gov.
It may take a couple of weeks before veterans who don’t file tax returns will see the information they seek on the IRS web site – no specific date has been given at this time.