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Act Now – Go to – A Message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul

April 20, 2020 • By

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Last Updated: March 17, 2021

Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department soon. People receiving 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 and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here section to provide their information. 

Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries with dependent children and who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Wednesday, April 22, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly. SSI recipients need to take this action by later this month; a specific date will be available soon.

By taking this proactive step to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, their payment at this time will be $1,200. People would then be required to file a tax year 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child.

I urge Social Security and SSI recipients with qualifying children who do not normally file taxes to take action now. Immediately go to so that you will receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you and your family are eligible for.

Action Needed for Social Security Beneficiaries with Dependents and Who Do Not File Tax Returns to Receive $500 Per Child Payment

People with Direct Express debit cards who enter information at the IRS’s website should complete all of the mandatory questions, but they may leave the bank account information section blank as Treasury already has their Direct Express information on file.

Additionally, any new beneficiaries since January 1, 2020, of either Social Security or SSI benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, will also need to go to the IRS’s Non-Filers website to enter their information as they will not receive automatic payments from Treasury.

Click here to view the IRS press release about this important issue.

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Andrew Saul, Commissioner, Social Security Administration

Commissioner of Social Security Administration (June 17, 2019 - July 9, 2021)


  1. Wanetta

    I am on SSI and have custody of my grandson (8). I did the non-filer tool on April 6th, got confirmation. I received my $1200 on April 29th, but not the $500 for my grandson. What good did it do for me to use the non-filer tool if they don’t bother to send the money? I followed the instructions given but IRS did not follow thru with what they said they were supposed to do. Being on SSI I am not able to file taxes as I do not have taxable income. Does this mean I will not get the $500 at all. Money was tight for me to begin with, now with increasing prices, feeding him 3+ meals a day, and homeschooling I am hurting even more. That $500 would have gotten my grandson a tablet to do his school work, or extra food he needs because he is home more.

  2. emmanuel m.

    Is it true that the irs cannot do direct deposit to a non US bank for the stimulus check of 1200? Iam a ss retirement benefits recipient since feb 2019 living abroad, philippines.i receive my monthly ss benefits as a direct deposit in a local bank as mandated by ssa when I file for benefits in late2018. I have receive both form 1099 and the other rorm that needs to be filled out and send to PA in my local mailing address.I read that the stimulus will be receive same way we receive our ss benefits. If the irs cannot do a direct deposit to a non US bank, will tbey mail the check to the address you guys have I, e. My local mailing address? hope u can shed some light and any help will be highly appreciated.tnx. ( I log into the irs “my payment” almost everyday, no new info).thanks again.

  3. Deborah

    I am 62 yrs old, filed 2018 tax returns, get 1/2 my ex’s military pension every month pus $450 of my own SS. But, here it is, June 11, 2020 and still no Stimulus money has arrived. My youngest son did receive his $1200 due to the fact he gets SSI and it was auto deposited into his bank account a few weeks ago.
    I need to know where my $1200 is and get “not enough info” on the Get My Payment IRS site. They know my bank account because I owed taxes in 2018 and they were auto debited from my personal bank account which hasn’t changed.
    No answers ?????

  4. Jeremy J.

    I’m on SSDI. I don’t have a payee. I been waiting forever to get my simulas payment put on my direct express card. What taking so long

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Jeremy, thank you for your question. Please visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments Information Center to answer your questions about eligibility, payment amounts, what to expect, when to expect it and more. If you are unable to find the answer, call the IRS hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

      • Pam


        I have never got a live person on the @ she gave you. If you go to google and type in ” How to get to a live person at the IRS?” Make sure you quote it. Like i did above. I went there and there is a lot of steps but you get a live person….. if you follow the instructions on the site. He/she explains how to do it.

        There is about 10 or more steps to get on hold LOL! But they don’t take long. You will need a fully charged phone. You will wait anywhere from 15min.s to an hour! Then be prepared for the agent to irritate you. as hard as it will be …..”Be nice to them”

        I hope this helps it worked for me 3 times…lol

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  6. Anthony S.

    Hi, I’m an SS Retiree and a dis-abled Veteran, I have no dependent children, and my wife doesnt qualify because she is a Filipina and has no ITIN number or Soc Sec number. My SS retirement money is well below $12,200 per year so I’m not required to file a tax return. The IRS EIP Information Center aint worth moose pee to me, and all the updates from mid -March to this day tells me nothing new. It says I should have received a Direct Deposit on the 29th of April. The Get My Payment tool tells me payment status is unavailable. So here I am residing in the Philippines and I still have no EIP money. Please dont recommend I call the IRS because Ive tried and there is no Live Agent to talk to so now what? Is there one POSITIVE thing you can tell me?

    • ANGELA M.

      Same situation , I am in Europe from february, I can not return yet, I have SSA DIRECT DEPOSIT US bank, I got 1099 form, no stimulus money until today, no information, I did try to call IRS, it is very hard to call them, long time to wait, PLEASE FIND INFORMATIONS available for people on Social security benefits,please help .

    • Anon

      According the the IRS, if you filed a 1040-NR, 1040EZ-NR, FORM 1040-PR, or 1040-SS, you are not eligible for a stimulus payment. Information was updated June 5, 2020.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Anthony. We are sorry to hear about your experience. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is part of the U.S. Treasury, will be making Economic Impact Payments (EIP). Please visit the Internal Revenue Service’s website here for all your EIP-related questions. If you are unable to find the answer, call the IRS hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this helps.

  7. Lakeya S.

    I received my stimulus check but my children who recieved ssi were not added to my check how do I go about getting them their stimulus it says it will be added to their direct deposit but has not been added.

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Lakeya. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is part of the U.S. Treasury, will be making Economic Impact Payments (EIP). Please visit the Internal Revenue Service’s website here for all your EIP-related questions. If you are unable to find the answer, call the IRS hotline at 1-800-919-9835. We hope this helps.

  8. Veronica B.

    My name Veronica Bejarano. I has not got my stimulus. I’m on SOCIAL security benefits from SSI. I call IRS.GOV and they say they already got my stimulus money .I never was on dependent from someone else. I’m on my own SSI check no payee. I DIDN’T get my payment

  9. Mike A.

    How do I get you people to stop stealing my money after my child support was paid off in April 2020? I’ve tried Child support several times, but they said back in May you people where gonna take care of it… So what’s up SSD people…. you’ve stole two months worth, you going for three months. you people are pathetic!

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Mike. We are sorry to hear about your situation. For your security, we do not have access to private information in this venue. We ask that members in our Blog community work with our offices with specific questions. Please contact your local Social Security office for assistance. We hope this helps.

  10. enes

    thanks for the article it was very impressive

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