Spanberger’s Office Returns More Than $19 Million in Federal Benefits to Virginians

Aug 01, 2022
Local Issues
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Since Taking Office in January 2019, the Congresswoman’s Team Has Closed More Than 5,100 Cases for Virginians Seeking Assistance with Federal Agencies & Benefits

HENRICO, V.A. — Less than one month after reaching $18 million returned, U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today announced that her office has now surpassed $19 million in casework funds returned to constituents in Virginia’s Seventh District and helped more than 5,100 Virginians sort out issues with federal agencies or programs.

Casework dollars are secured and returned by fighting for backlogged benefits and advocating for fair treatment on behalf of constituents having issues with a federal agency, program, or benefit. Spanberger’s office has focused on typical casework concerns, like Social Security, Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, and Medicare, while also adapting to increased needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic — such as securing delayed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) refunds.

Since taking office on January 3, 2019, Spanberger’s office has closed 5,176 cases for Virginians and returned $19,046,825.

“As the Representative of all our neighbors in the Seventh District, our office is always available for constituents in need of assistance. I am proud that my team of caseworkers is dedicated to holding our government agencies accountable and ensuring that all the Virginians we represent can access the benefits and services they have earned,” said Spanberger. “Our neighbors deserve their backlogged IRS refunds, Social Security checks, Medicare appeals, and all other benefits to be returned to them in a timely manner and without hassle. I encourage any resident of the Seventh District who is facing issues with a federal agency, program, or benefit to reach out to our office.”

Additionally, since the start of 2022, Spanberger’s office has returned more than $1 million in backlogged IRS refunds to residents of the Seventh District.

Below are recent success stories submitted by Seventh District residents who worked with Spanberger’s office to receive IRS refunds:

“Within 3 weeks of submitting all my documentation concerning my deceased mom’s delayed 2020 income tax refund to Rep. Spanberger’s office, we received the refund due, plus interest, from the IRS. My brother and I can now close out my mom’s estate after waiting more than a year and a half for this refund.” — Steven Hein, Orange

“It was a pleasure working with your office. The caseworker was very responsive and professional. I had been trying for 2 months to reach the IRS to resolve the problem on my own, without success. I was very pleased with the quick response and resolution of my issue with the IRS. Thank you again for helping me during this stressful time after the passing of my husband.” Deborah Dent, Spotsylvania

“With the IRS being completely unresponsive to my needs, Representative Spanberger’s office was able to help move things along and ensure that I wasn’t ignored. It took me nearly a year and half to get my tax refund, and it would have taken much longer without their help.”— Michael, Henrico

To open a casework concern with Spanberger’s office, constituents can click here to fill out a casework form. Click here to read additional casework testimonials from Seventh District constituents.

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