New Guidance about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

“The Treasury Department launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for eligible individuals who do not normally file a tax return, and also announced that it would begin making automatic payments.  However, for some people receiving benefits from the Social Security Administration—specifically those who have dependent children under the age of 17—it is to their advantage to go to this portal to ensure they also get the $500 per dependent Economic Impact Payment.  I encourage them to do this as soon as possible, and want to provide the following details:

People who receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability insurance benefits and who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and who have qualifying children under age 17 should now go to the IRS’s webpage to enter their information instead of waiting for their automatic $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.  By taking proactive steps 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 Social Security beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, they will have to wait to receive their $500 per qualifying child.

The same new guidance also applies to SSI recipients, especially those who have qualifying children under age 17.  To receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you and your family are eligible for, go to the IRS’s Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info page and provide information about yourself and your qualifying children.

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.

Lastly, for Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability beneficiaries 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 as long as you received an SSA-1099 for 2019.

For SSI recipients who do not have qualifying children under age 17, we continue to work closely with Treasury in our efforts to make these payments automatically.  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 Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments page.  In addition, please continue to visit the IRS for the latest information.

We will continue to update Social Security’s COVID-19 webpage as further details become available.”


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  1. Ok, here l go! I recently started receiving my social Security retirement January 2020, No check 000! Got on filing tool did a nonfilers it took me 8 times they kept saying wrong information then bingo, l get a congratulations they received my Imfo and accepted it! Email which l was squirming is this real or even legit? But l have it on my phone, for records. Sooo! Now what do l do, l haven’t heard a peep, when it was submitted l also have a long like conformation number they gave me, so does that mean anything? Please help, during all this chaos l sure could use some sound advice, l also left banking Imfo, which l don’t get, l receive my Social Security every month direct deposit how can they not get that since they’re (IRS) are working with Social Security Administration, l would think l qualify, as much as the dead spouse’s ya know.

  2. I will be applying 4 survivor of ex spouse benefits, do I need to fill out form? I have marriage/ divorce papers. u already have death certificate. Thanks

  3. My brother or myself has not received the stimuless check. I go to the website and get run around. No help. No checks.

  4. I haven’t received my stimulus check either. I receive SS via direct deposits and have no dependents. I did receive a 1099. When will I get my $1,200? Will it be directly deposited?

  5. How and when will I receive the 500$ for my granddaughter ii am her guardian now for 3 years . I did the non filer tool and done it in mid April . I received my stimulus . But not hers .

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