SAN JUAN – The Secretary of the Department of the Treasury (DH), Francisco Parés Alicea, reported that the deadline established in the CARES Act, for the distribution of the first federal aid of the Economic Impact Payment of $ 1,200, expired on December 31, and He exhorted citizens who did not receive it, to use other options to claim it.
“As determined in the CARES Act, today (yesterday) the period of distribution of the 1,200 dollar relief that we began to send on May 2 ends. Since then the Department has disbursed $ 2.7 billion to approximately 1.8 million families. However, we remind people who understand that they are eligible according to the requirements established under federal law and did not receive the payment, that they can request the money as a refundable credit with the filing of the Income Tax Return corresponding to the year 2020, to settle in 2021, just as it happened in the United States. Details of this process will be reported later, ”the official explained in written statements.
Parés Alicea said that some 24,000 claims for the payment of 1,200 dollars were pending and explained that these citizens will soon receive a communication through SURI, explaining their case. He also recommended that these people write a message through the “Assistance in SURI” link available on the SURI home page (suri.hacienda.pr.gov), for more information about their claim request.
He explained that, of the total pending claims, about 8,000 could be eligible, according to the rules of the CARES Act.
“That group of 8,000 is made up of applications that did not pass the automatic protocols and could still be eligible to claim this benefit with their Income Tax Return for taxable year 2020,” he commented.
He said that the remaining ones do not qualify for the aid for various reasons, mainly because the citizen was claimed as a dependent on the return. In other cases, the secretary explained that the data provided by citizens could not be validated with those of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS, for its acronym in English) and other requests were duplicated or tripled in the system, and it is not appropriate to approve them because the payment has already been sent.
“We also have about 4,303 checks returned to the Department by the Postal Service. In these cases, people who requested payment by mail and have not received it, should write to the Assistance link in SURI (suri.hacienda.pr.gov), with a copy of their Social Security card and photo identification, to to be able to corroborate your information and if indeed the check was returned and is in the Treasury, if so, you will receive the instructions to pick it up, “he said.
The head of the Treasury pointed out that probably some people, who are still waiting for the payment of 1,200 dollars, receive the same during the first days of the year. “These people are the ones who did the process of correcting bank accounts through SURI and their process was completed,” he added.
On the other hand, it is important to note that the notifications sent through SURI in recent days are not related to the new federal aid of $ 600 recently approved by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. The Department is still waiting for the approval of the Distribution Plan for this second round of Economic Impact Payment by the federal Treasury in order to start the disbursements of $ 600.
The Department of the Treasury will keep informing citizens about the progress of all the steps that are carried out to distribute the approved financial aid, through the page www.hacienda.pr.gov