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Data Files Provided to the Internal Revenue Service as Part of the Third Round of Economic Impact Payments

September 09, 2022

Audit Report Number: A-06-21-51095

Background: We conducted this review to determine the extent to which the data files the Social Security Administration (SSA) provided the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to facilitate economic impact payments (EIP) under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) were accurate and complete when they were transmitted.

ARPA became law on March 11, 2021 and authorized a third round of IRS-administered EIPs (EIP3). To assist in identifying Old-age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients potentially eligible for EIP3s, the IRS requested SSA provide beneficiary and recipient data.

On March 25, 2021, SSA completed delivery of OASDI and SSI production data that provided IRS with information on approximately 72 million beneficiaries and recipients.

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