Sinema: IRS Must Follow the Law, Make Cash Aid Available to Arizona Social Security Recipients Who Don’t File Taxes

Apr 1, 2020

Sinema’s letter comes after the IRS released guidance contradicting provisions of the CARES Act that states Social Security beneficiaries do not have to file taxes to receive their direct assistance

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema joined a group of her Senate colleagues calling for the Treasury Department and Social Security Administration to follow the CARES Act law and ensure that all Arizona Social Security beneficiaries will automatically receive the direct assistance included in the CARES Act without having to file tax returns.
“Our coronavirus relief package made clear that Arizona seniors receiving Social Security benefits would receive their direct cash assistance without filing taxes. The IRS and Treasury Department must follow the law and ensure vulnerable Arizonans get the support they need during this public health crisis,” said Sinema. 

The CARES Act ensured the Treasury Department had the authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of whether they file taxes, but recently the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released contradictory guidance earlier this week stating that Social Security beneficiaries would need to file tax returns in order to receive direct payments.
Read the full letter HERE.
Sinema has also added a resources page to her website,, for Arizonans looking for the latest information on coronavirus.
Click HERE for Spanish version of release.