Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas has transmitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Department of Revenue and Taxation with regard to its processing of federal stimulus funds.
San Nicolas said he transmitted a FOIA to DRT seeking operational clarity on the processing of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) at the close of business on April 21, 2020.
“We have heard from many constituents that their calls to Rev and Tax indicate that they are not currently being processed,” San Nicolas said in a news release. “Federal law is clear: 2019 is the filing year to be considered, with 2018 as an alternate year, to stop-gap any missing 2019 filings.”
The congressman added: “Processing 2018 filings and sidelining 2019 filings is not only contrary to the order established federally, it risks underfunding and excluding taxpayers whose more recent 2019 filings may have impacted eligibility.”
In a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Rettig earlier this month, San Nicolas expressed concern about this practice and its circumvention of federal law.
“We need to move swiftly and we need to do it right. Local misapplication of the law not only affects our credibility and risk litigation, it also delays processing for everyone by having to redo things over and over,” San Nicolas said.
He added: “This FOIA will help settle chatter of how things are being handled, and I hope that what we uncover is consistent with federal statute.”