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Rep. Bass Hosts Telephone Town Hall on Tax Benefits from the American Rescue Plan

April 7, 2021
Press Release
WASHINGTON - Today, Rep, Karen Bass (D-CA) hosted a telephone town hall to discuss the tax benefits of the American Rescue Plan. Listen below:

  • At 1:06, Rep. Bass discusses and explains LA County’s update on vaccines and the availability for residents ages 16 and above. To book an appointment online, you can visit myturn.ca.gov, or publichealth.lacounty.gov. If you live in a South LA zip code, and are a senior without computer access, you can call St. John’s Well Child and Family Center at 866-980-0870 to book an appointment.
  • At 2:59, Rep. Bass talks about delayed stimulus payments for SSI filers. The IRS and the Treasury anticipate payments will begin to be issued this week to Social Security recipients and other federal beneficiaries who do not normally file a tax return. They will be received electronically April 7, or the week of April 12.
  • At 5:13, Anabel Marquez discusses important IRS filing information. She shared the IRS began processing 2020 Tax Returns on February 12. The agency also extended the Federal Tax Return deadline to May 17. The IRS recommend that taxpayers file electronically. E-file returns have fewer errors and delays. Refund information is available 24 hours after acknowledgement of return. You can check the status of your refund at irs.gov/refunds. More information about making payments to the IRS can be found at irs.gov/payments.
  • At 7:35, Anabel Marquez discussed Economic Impact Payments, or stimulus payments. Economic impact payments were issued in two rounds, $1,200 for the first round and $600 for the second round, both of which were based on an individual’s 2018 or 2019 tax returns. If you did not receive either payment or received less than the full amount that you were eligible for, you can qualify for the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit. You can go to www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment to check the status of your third stimulus check.
  • At 12:12, Anabel Marquez reiterates that SSI recipients and other federal beneficiaries should receive payment during the week of April 12 and do not need to take further action.
  • At 14:30, Anabel Marquez mentions how to get help filing a Tax Return. If you have access and feel comfortable using the internet, and your income is below $72,000, you can use the IRS free file service. The prefile program is free. For more information visit IRS.gov/freefile. To get assistance with any other matter, you can also call 800-906-9887 to find an IRS volunteer site near you.
  • At 16:15, Marc Narlesky from the California Franchise Tax Board mentions that the state deadline to file state taxes has also been extended to May 17.
  • At 17:22, Marc Narlesky discusses the new “Golden State stimulus”. This program is a onetime $600 or $1200 per tax return. Eligibility is contingent on an individual receiving the California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or filing with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
  • At 20:47, Marc Narlesky discusses a free filing option called Cal File. For more information on this and the programs above, visit ftb.ca.gov.
  • At 21:41, Azusena Favela of the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs discussed the Financial Navigators Program. This program provides assistance and resources for residences dealing with the financial impact of COVID-19. Sessions last up to 30 minutes. Trained navigators will help connect residents to the proper resources.
  • At 23:08, Azusena Favela mentions that LA County residents can request a Financial Navigation Session by calling 800-593-8222 or by visiting https://dcba.lacounty.gov/financial-navigators/.
  • At 29:40, Anabel Marquez discusses the child tax credit.
  • At 31:41, Anabel Marquez addresses whether individuals should file a tax return if they do not receive much income.
  • At 32:35, Marc Narlesky discusses why individuals should file to get the Golden State stimulus.
  •  At 36:13, Anabel Marquez discusses deadlines for economic impact payments.
  •  At 42:50, Marc Narlesky discusses whether ITIN filers who do not file tax returns qualify for the Golden State stimulus payment.
  • At 44:10, Anabel Marquez discusses qualifications for the third economic impact payment.
  • At 45:45, Darryn Harris asks the three speakers to provide closing remarks.

For more information about the American Rescue Plan, click here. 

Contact Information

Internal Revenue Service: https://www.irs.gov/

Address:

300 N. Los Angeles St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: (213) 576-3009

CA Franchise Tax Board: ftb.ca.gov

Address:

300 S. Spring St., Suite 5704 

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Phone: (213) 897-5196

LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs: https://dcba.lacounty.gov/

Address:

500 W. Temple St., B-96

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: (800) 973-3370