New Information From Social Security Regarding Stimulus

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New information from Social Security Administration regarding economic stimulus checks.  If you are a Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient, here are the steps needed to find out what is needed from you to receive your economic stimulus payment.

The following information is available at ssa.gov/coronavirus/.

How do I get my COVID-19 economic impact payment?

Date: April 24, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has launched a new web tool allowing quick registrations for Economic Impact Payments. The IRS, not Social Security, will make these payments. Please see guidance below.

Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who do not have qualifying children under age 17:

You do not need to take any action with the IRS. You will automatically receive your $1,200 economic impact payment directly from the IRS. You should receive the automatic payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as you would normally receive your Social Security benefits.

People who receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability insurance benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, and who have qualifying children under age 17 and those receiving SSI who have qualifying children under age 17:

People receiving SSI benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should immediately go to the IRS’s webpage www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here at and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Information section to provide their information. SSI recipients who have dependent children and did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Tuesday, May 5, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly.

If people in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, their payment at this time will be $1,200 only. They would then be required to file a tax year 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child.

Direct Express Card Holders You may use the Non-Filer tool, but you will not receive your $1,200 payment on your Direct Express card. You will receive both your $1,200 payment and each child’s $500 payment on a non-Direct Express bank account you can provide, or by mail if you leave bank information empty.

Some people receiving Social Security benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, needed to use the IRS’ Non-Filer web page (see link above) by Wednesday, April 22, to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly.

  • Social Security beneficiaries who missed the April 22 deadline and who started receiving their benefits before January 1, 2020: They must wait to file a tax year 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child.
  • Social Security beneficiaries who missed the April 22 deadline and who started receiving their benefits on or after January 1, 2020: They may continue to use the IRS’ non-Filer web page to get their and their children’s economic impact payment without waiting to file a tax year 2020 tax return for their eligible children.

New beneficiaries since January 1, 2020, of either Social Security or SSI benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019:

Social Security beneficiaries and SSI recipients in this category may use the IRS’ Non-Filer: Enter Payment Info Here tool to receive their own $1,200 payment and $500 payment for qualifying children. You may only enter non-Direct Express bank account information for direct deposit, or leave bank information empty to receive a paper check by mail.

The IRS expects automatic payments for Social Security beneficiaries no later than the end of April and automatic payments for SSI recipients no later than early May.

Please note that we will not consider economic impact payments as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months.

The eligibility requirements and other information about the Economic Impact Payments can be found at the IRS’s Economic Impact Payment Information Center. In addition, please continue to visit the IRS for the latest information.

We will continue to update this page as further details become available.

If you have questions regarding how to check the status of your stimulus payment please call Freedom Resource Center at 1-800-450-0459 or visit us at freedomrc.org.

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