US congressmen Anthony Brindisi and John Katko have said that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will offer a replacement card to taxpayers who obtained an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) debit card but did not activate it or threw it away.

Brindisi and Katko had heard from individuals and local families who suspected their debit cards were not legitimate and hence they destroyed the cards mistakenly.

Brindisi led a ‘call to action’, urging the agency to address these complaints.

As a result, the IRS is advising New Yorkers to utilise their existing EIP debit cards or receive a new replacement card for free if they have thrown their cards.

IRS will roll out letters to these individuals for the same, in this month.

Additionally, Brindisi and Katko have urged clarification on how taxpayers can confirm the legitimacy of these cards.

Brindisi said: “I heard from countless constituents who threw away their cards and this will get them the much-needed resources they are owed.

“If you’re still waiting on an economic impact payment, keep an eye on your mail. This time their correspondence should be clearly marked.”

Katko said: “I will continue pushing the IRS to provide an explanation as to why taxpayers received varying forms of payment, and ensure taxpayers have the necessary information to verify the legitimacy of these cards.”