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

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

  1. Please give much needed information about ssdi recipients about rights, entitlement under the law, self advocacy and lifting the need for payee…i am not even allowed to look at account information,? I’ve been told that if I apply to have need for payee removed risk losing disability.,? I asked for a payee because of the amount of back pay that would be issued. Being a recovering addict this made good clinical sense. I had no idea it would take all my rights away and live with the threat of losing

    • Thank you for using our blog to ask your question, Kerry. If you have a representative payee because of a physical or mental disability and you want to become your own payee, you must show Social Security that you are now mentally and physically able to handle your money yourself. This does not make you at risk of losing your benefits. You could provide: A doctor’s statement that there has been a change in your condition and the doctor believes you are able to care for yourself; or an official copy of a court order saying that the court believes that you can take care of yourself; or other evidence that shows your ability to take care of yourself.

      To make a representative payee change, you will need to visit your local Social Security office to apply and you will need to wait for the offices to reopen. Use our Social Security Office Locator to find your local office address and phone number. We hope this helps.

  2. My wife is on ssi retirement & she receives paper checks every month & still not stimulus check. When can she expect her stimulus paper check?

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

    • The Treasury said they are processing payments, and that they are scheduling though September. It could take up to 20 weeks for people to receive payments.

    • Hi, Joseph. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is part of the U.S. Treasury, will be making Economic Income Payments. 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. We hope this helps.

  3. HELLO
    MY SON WHO IS 26YRS OLD IS DISABLED AND I AM ALSO HIS LEGAL GUARDIAN AND PAYEE REP FOR BOTH SSDI AND SSA HE RECEIVES. I DO CLAIM HIM ON MY TAXES AND FILE HIS TAXES AS WELL. WILL HE STILL BE ENTITLED TO THE STIMULUS.?
    THANK YOU,
    DAWN JOHNSON

  4. Living abroad and receiving SS retirement payments for the past 7 years via direct deposit. As of May 29 still no still no EIP. Your website says that SS recipients already receiving SS payments needed to do nothing to receive the EIP and as of today nothing is exactly what I have received from the IRS. Surely there needs to be a webpage for those persons to contact the IRS about not receiving the EIP And the SSA needs to work with the IRS to to share information.

  5. I am the rep payee for my mother. I received a notification from green dot where I have direct deposit setup that they would process & deposit the EIP on May 29, 2020. When it didn’t show up I called green dot & the auto system stated that the payment was returned because the info didn’t match. I receive her benefits on this card every month no problems. Then I received a general funding deposit for $9.93 has no idea why. I can’t get any one on the phone & haven’t been able to figure out what’s going on

  6. Ms Van Til is there a specific reason as to why you are not responding to my many comments on this blog?

    I believe my status has been clearly stated in a concise and courteous manner.

    It would be most helpful if someone at the SSA could contact the IRS to gather pertinent and timely information to assist us. As the SSA and IRS are both government entities it should not be overly difficult for your director to speak with them. Because those of us living abroad cannot afford to pay for an international call and be placed on hold for an extended period of time.

    Kind regards

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