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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)


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  4. James A.

    I and my ice have not received our economic impact checks as of today. Please inform us of receiving our checks. My name is James A Alcaro and my wife is Leanna J Alcaro. Our ss numbers are xxxxxxxxx and my wife’s is xxxxxxxxx. We both qualify for the checks and wish to have them stent to 4499 Greenchain loop #1 coeur d Alene, idaho 83814. Any questions call 2084205508. Thank you James Alcato

    • Ann C.

      Hi, James. Please visit the Internal Revenue Service’s website here for all your Economic Income Payment-related questions. If you are unable to find the answer, call the IRS hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Just a reminder – please be cautious about posting personal information on social media. Thanks!

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  8. Joanna B.

    My name is joanna benavides I’m on SSI I got a baby shes7 2000 cedar Bend apt535 Austin TX 78758. 12 11 1973. XXXXXXXXX ss number I have direct despots card from SSI that’s where I get my money every month will I get mine

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Joanna, 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!

  9. Claudio

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  10. sondra p.

    I am on SSDI, still haven’t received the first stimulus check. Where can I get updated info on what steps to take? Going to the IRS site is worthless at this point.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Sondra, thanks for using our blog. If you are unable to find the answer online, call the IRS hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

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