IRS promises fix to stimulus check problem
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- It turns out that a lot more stimulus checks
are still on the way to the people who are supposed to get them.
The Internal Revenue Service says it's going to send out checks
to about a quarter of a million married couples who had been denied
the money because a spouse's married name and Social Security
number didn't match.
When a couple marries, and one of them changes names, the couple
is supposed to tell the Social Security Administration. But tens of
thousands have failed to do so. They weren't aware of the
consequences until they failed to cash in on the rebate package
that was enacted in February.
Last month, an IRS spokesman affirmed that the checks would only
go to those whose names and Social Security numbers matched.
But the IRS has now updated its Web site to say it will send the
payments this month to an additional 260,000 married taxpayers
whose names and numbers didn't match up.
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