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I am glad to see this new topic and also glad that the amount of views are tallied....I miss that past feature here...in the regular forums.

We get so many guests everyday that the tally of views shows that they too are reading it- I hope-

Buck and I get emails from VA as they come in, so we can try to stay updated on all VA news on this virus and can post a link to the info here.

VA has been way ahead of the game with TeleMedicine. It is a great feature that private doctors should consider.

A vet would need a PC camera, and Skype for that, but that would be a small investment into getting -one to one care-in many situations  that would not need a trip to the VAMC.

I have a concern about the proposed money the GOV wants to send out-I heard it will be sent to anyone who paid taxes in 2018-with a cap on their income ( around 100,000)

but VA comp is not taxable and I wonder how they would  provide the incentive money to veterans who might not need to file tax returns.

But soon we will know how this money will be paid because everything on the news changes by the day.

 

 

 

 

 

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Great question, Berta.  I got money the last time, I think it was 2009, something like 600 dollars.  And, back then, I was also 100 percent.  Perhaps others could chime in.  

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I saw the proposal and thought the same question. I have had no work for almost six years; while I do file my tax returns just to keep me on the radar; I claim 0 straight down. Based on everything explained, it would mean I wouldnt get a check either. So I've been following along hoping they do talk about special provisions for SSI/SSDI and Disabled Veterans who receive payments. 

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In 2009, the government figured it out, and most Vets got a check.  While I cant directly say "how" the government knows how much we make if we dont file a tax return, but we are kidding ourselves if we think the government does not know a whole bunch of stuff about us.  Remember,  "virtually all" money transactions, such as credit cards, debit cards, checks, etc go through "central banking system".  And, if you pay everything with cash, you still probably got paid from a legitimate business who paid taxes and reported your earnings. 

Of course, there are criminals who go through elaborate means to hide income, but that mostly doesnt apply here.  

If you own 20,000,000 dollars worth of real estate, but only earned 9000 dollars each of the past 10 years, then the IRS has people on staff who figure that stuff out.  

But, for about 99 percent of disabled Vets, their checks are deposited electronically, so the government has a record of them.  It probably wouldnt help much if VA sent you a paper check, either. 

I get phone calls all the time..from telephone solicitors who know my age, for example, and know Im on medicare, so they offer medicare supplements.  So, if telephone solicitors can get data on me, Im sure the government can/does also.  I hate that they know Im a senior, that makes me a target.  I dont like being a "target" of all kinds of scams, but seniors ARE.  

My opinion is that the government often knows more about YOUR finances than you do, because many people dont have a good idea on where they spent much of their money.  Not suprisingly, those people who dont know where their money went are usually poor.  

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Veterans that don't file taxes still get an increase letter from The Department of Veterans Administration and The Department of Social Security each year.  They also get dividends statements from their banks.  I am not sure if the government still write checks to veterans but believe me it is recorded and documented somewhere.  The IRS is very good at what they do, the VA and SSA just pretend they are not good at it. You know the old saying, if they owe you, the check is in the mail but you still have to wait,  but if you owe them, they are already started a proposal to collect their money.

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