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Economic Impact Payments for People with a Rep Payee, and People Living in U.S. Territories

May 14, 2020 • By

Last Updated: March 17, 2021

Social Security issued an update today about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments to certain groups of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries. Beneficiaries who have their regular monthly payments managed for them by another person, called a representative payee, will begin receiving their Economic Impact Payments from the IRS in late May.

Special rules apply to beneficiaries living in the U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In general, the tax authority in each territory, not the IRS, will pay the Economic Impact Payment to eligible residents based on information the IRS will provide to the territories. It is anticipated that beneficiaries in the territories could begin receiving their Economic Impact Payment in early June.

“The Social Security Administration has been working with the IRS to provide the necessary information about Social Security and SSI beneficiaries in order to automate and expedite their Economic Impact Payments,” said Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security. “While millions of our beneficiaries have already received their Economic Impact Payments from the IRS, we continue to work hard for those beneficiaries who are awaiting their payment from the IRS.”

For additional information about payments to beneficiaries with representative payees, please visit the Economic Impact Payment section of our COVID-19 web page.

For the territories, people should contact their local tax authority with questions about these payments. Please note their website may use the term “Economic Impact Payment” or “stimulus payment.”

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

Social Security will continue to update the agency’s COVID-19 web page at with additional information.

 


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  1. Dudley &Gaile

    Please tell me how my husband and I can get the next stimulus check as we were not eligible for the last one because we were living with our son and he claimed us on his income tax
    But that was last year 2020 . We no longer live with him and what can we do to be eligible for the next one?

    • Vonda

      Hi Dudley, thanks for using our blog. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), not Social Security, issues the Economic Income Payments. Social Security cannot answer EIP questions about your specific situation. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for more details. We hope this helps.

  2. Lewis C Flora

    I’m a ssi recipient with a representative payee. My representative payee has moved with out updating or giving me their new address. Her information is on file for me so I’m sure that’s where my initial stimulus payment went and the second payment more than likely went to her or her bank account. Unfortunately she hasn’t attempted to contact me nor inform me. What can I do?

    • Sue

      Hi, Lewis, thanks for using our blog. Under the Social Security Act, a representative payee is only responsible for managing Social Security or SSI benefits. An Economic Impact Payment (EIP) is not such a benefit. The EIP belongs to you. If you want to use the EIP independently, your representative payee should give it to you. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for specific details on the payments.

      To report a representative payee for fraud or misuse of your Social Security or SSI benefit payments, please call your local Social Security office. You’ll find the telephone number using our Office Locator. For more information about payee topics, visit our web page. We hope this helps!

  3. Sybil Haster

    In what order are stimulus payments processed by IRS for Social Security recipients?

    • Vonda

      Hi Sybil, thanks for using our blog. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), not Social Security, issues the Economic Income Payments. Social Security cannot answer EIP questions about your specific situation. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for more details. We hope this helps.

  4. amy litzer

    my rep payees have spent all my economic stimulus money i have gotten and have told nothing of how it was spent or if it went to bills or so on i don’t see my own checkbookn or debitcard or anything . i get 30 dollars a week for spending. considering i don’t get much from them i thought they could give me some of the economic stimulus for a new tablet thats not that much to ask

    • Vonda

      Hi Amy, thanks for using our blog. Under the Social Security Act, a representative payee is only responsible for managing Social Security or SSI benefits. An economic impact payment (EIP) is not such a benefit. The EIP belongs to you. If you want to use the EIP independently, the representative payee should provide you with it. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for specific details on the economic impact payments made by the CARES act. We hope this helps!

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  6. Cindy J. Balow

    I’m needing to change my user ID, password. I am unable to get into my account because I can’t remember my password. You have sent me 2 temporary passwords that have not worked so I’m assuming the user I’d is incorrect. I also need to change my address and change direct deposit to another bank.
    How can I accomplish this without waiting 2 hours on hold?

    • Vonda

      Hi Cindy, thanks for using our blog. Please contact your local Social Security office. Look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  7. EDWARD P PAUL MAGUIRE JR

    I never received my stimulus check? I am 66, retired, collecting social security, I am a veteran and a democrat. are any of these a reason why I do not qualify?

    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Edward, 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!

  8. Brenda McKelvin

    I am sicken and appalled by lack of proper customer service displayed by the public servants at the Rockville ,MD SSA office.
    On August 5th I was given an appointment for August 12, 2020 at 2:45 pm. I am an essential worker I was required to take the entire day off unpaid. I arrived at 1:30 pm . The doors were locked. An employee walked out of those same doors never acknowledged my presence. I called the 8668385341 number on the door was told The appointment was a Over. The phone. appointment. I waited until 3:00 pm no call. I called the office gave my information. I was told someone will call me and the supervisor is aware. I called back.at 3:30 and asked to speak with the supervisor.The rep did not respond just ended the call. At 4:00 I called again the rep asked for the ss number before I could respond she hung the up again. I called the 8668385341.This time the rep was the one I spoke to at 1:30 pm .He said he could not explain why I did not receive a call at my appointment time. He try to assist me but could not.At 5:00pm the Rockville office called. I asked what happened to 2:45 pm call. The rep lied and said they called me twice but had the wrong number. I told her I called your office gave my info and no one transferred me to “whoever ” tried to reach me.
    If you had the wrong number ..how are you magically reaching me now. And if I make another appointment and take off work what guarantee do.I have you will call. The rep then said called back when you are calm.
    I am requesting the recording of those calls that I made with the time and all the outgoing calls made to my number by the Rockville office.
    It is one thing to be busy and apologize for a missed appointment, And a completely different scenario to cover up a lie.

    • michelle Rankine

      i agreei agree was put on hod

  9. Norma Sanchez

    I cannot log in to my SSA account I have forgotten my login password. I submit the information needed to get new password but never received a temporary password by mail. I have requested the information 3 times.

    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Norma, thanks for using our blog. We are sorry to hear about the difficulties you are experiencing with your my Social Security account. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  10. tire

    Keep up the great work!

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