In unprecedented move, Trump is demanding his name be printed on stimulus checks leading to likely delay
President Donald Trump is wanting his name to be printed on the stimulus checks, so his Treasury Department issued out the order to make it happen, according to senior agency officials.
Two senior officials said the decision "will likely lead to a delay in issuing the first batch of paper checks." The IRS's information technology team is trying to implement the changes and is working around the clock with programming issues to make sure there isn't a delay in paper checks but we're told that a delay would be hard to avoid.
Computer code has to be changed to include the president's name and the system must be tested. This is an unnecessary holdup to Americans who have been patiently waiting for financial relief from the pandemic.
The $1,200 checks are scheduled to be printed out for some 70 million Americans in the coming days and will say “President Donald J. Trump” on the left side of the payment the Washington Post is confirming.
This will mark the first time a president's signature has ever appeared on an IRS disbursement to the American people.
According to the report, Trump wanted to personally sign his name in his own penmanship but it's illegal for there to be any unauthorized signatures coming from the U.S. Treasury, so this was the next best option.
People receiving direct deposit and not physical checks will not see the signatures. Under the plan that Congress passed and the president signed, all single filers earning up to $75,000 a year will receive a payment of $1,200. Married couples earning $150,000 a year will get $2,400, while parents will receive an additional $500 for each child under 17.