IRS: CT veterans receiving VA benefits have started receiving stimulus checks

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney

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Connecticut residents receiving veterans benefits should start getting their stimulus checks soon, officials say.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the agency has continued to review data received from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, which covers veterans and their beneficiaries who receive the Compensation and Pension benefit payments and who do not normally file a tax return.

In a press release, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., highlighted the IRS’s message that many Connecticut residents who receive veterans’ benefits could expect economic impact payments as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.

“Eastern Connecticut is home to more veterans than anywhere else in the state, and the pandemic has impacted them in just as many ways as it has other families and workers,” Courtney said. “That’s why the American Rescue Plan provided new resources not only to help our veterans and their families get vaccinated, but also to help them survive and recover financially.”

The IRS said it expects to begin processing payments by the end of the week. In an April 7 press release, the IRS said it had started disbursing 127 million payments, including 107 million completed direct deposits, within two weeks of the American Rescue Plan becoming law.

“Because the majority of these payments will be disbursed electronically, they would be received on the official payment date of April 14,” it said of payments to people receiving benefits from the VA.

The IRS notes that people can check the Get My Payment tool on to see if the their payment has been scheduled.

Courtney said the American Rescue Plan also authorized new funding to provide our veterans with debt forgiveness at the VA, as well as new resources to help them with career skills training and job placement.

“Help is here for our region’s veterans, and my office is ready to assist them and their families with accessing it,” he said.