This week, in addition to using #WeAreEssential to talk about HCBS and Paid Family Medical Leave, the disability community is using #FixTheGlitch. We need to ensure that all Americans are able to receive their Recovery Rebate that was included in the CARES Act and that everyone who files taxes and meets the eligibility guidelines will receive.
Many people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and certain VA benefits are not required to file taxes; therefore, they will not automatically receive payments. The IRS and Social Security Administration worked together to fix the problem for people who receive SSDI, but not SSI or VA benefits. This situation is creating confusion amongst beneficiaries and increasing barriers to stimulus checks, as it is unclear who needs to fill out the IRS non-filer form (best practice is to fill it out if you did not pay taxes in 2018 or do not plan to pay them for 2019).
This week’s asks are focused on the IRS/Treasury, the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Veterans Affairs (VA), as well as Congress:
Sample text to tweet/email the IRS/Treasury, SSA, and VA:
#FixTheGlitch and share data and make these payments automatically. #WeAreEssential
Sample text to tweet/email Congress:
Please tell IRS/Treasury, SSA, and the VA to #FixTheGlitch by sharing data and making stimulus payments automatically, and if they will not, please order Information sharing amongst agencies in the next COVID-19 bill. #WeAreEssential
Don’t forget to tag Paraquad in your social posts so that we can lift up your voice and make sure the disability community is heard!