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Collins: Economic Impact Payments Mistakenly Sent to Foreign Workers Must Be Returned to the IRS Immediately

Aug 11, 2020
Press Release

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today led 9 of his colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin demanding any Economic Impact Payments that were mistakenly sent to foreign workers be returned to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) immediately. 

"As you work to provide assistance to families and businesses impacted by the economic fallout of the pandemic, we want to ensure you are aware of recent reports finding that tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars were mistakenly sent to foreign workers despite their ineligibility to receive stimulus checks under the CARES Act,” they wrote. “If these reports are true, it is imperative that these erroneously sent funds are returned to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) immediately."

As they point out, the Economic Impact Payments created through the CARES Act were meant to provide much-needed relief to American families and help stimulate the U.S. economy. However, reporting suggests many foreign workers who received stimulus checks spent the funds in their home countries, including China. This report comes after it was previously revealed that several checks were sent in error to deceased individuals. 

"In the weeks following the first stimulus checks being sent to American households, there were several reports of checks being sent in error, and the IRS made clear checks erroneously sent to deceased individuals were to be returned to the IRS,” they continued. “Unfortunately, it has taken months to uncover that thousands of other checks were sent erroneously to ineligible recipients and have not been returned. While we understand the IRS has asked these individuals to return the stimulus checks they received, it is imperative that we ensure the tens of thousands of dollars ineligible individuals were sent are returned before any future aid is dispersed."

The full letter can be found here.