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New Guidance about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

April 10, 2020 • By

“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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Andrew Saul, Commissioner, Social Security Administration

Andrew Saul, Commissioner, Social Security Administration

Commissioner of Social Security Administration

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  1. Tahani Wanis

    I like to apply for EIPs

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Tahani, 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!

      Reply
  2. Maria Rae Golden

    Hi., my name is Maria Rae Golden.. I have Cerebral Palsy and I live in a group home in LongIsland. I don’t work but I get SSI check in my bank but I’m still waiting for my stimulus check am I getting my stimulus check soon… please e-mail me
    flower11961@yahoo.com
    Thank you
    Maria Rae Golden

    Reply
  3. Dan

    I retrieved a Disability Update report in the mail, is it a scam? It has my personal info

    Reply
    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Dan, thanks for using our blog. You may want to check with Social Security by calling us at 1-800-772-1213 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.

      Reply
  4. Lori Arreola

    Too whom it may concern I’m reaching out too you regarding my stimulus check!?

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Lori, 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!

      Reply
  5. Rodney O. Carter

    I recently received a live “stimulus” check for myself, deposited it into our account, and after five days the bank released the funds. Since then, I have received two letters from “The White House” notifying me that a check is in route to me. Now I am concerned that the most recent check is fraudulent. The first check I received last year was direct deposited into our USAA account. This one was a live check mailed directly to me rather than direct deposited. Should I be concerned?

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    • Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist

      Hi Rodney, 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!

      Reply
  6. Bianca Sykes

    Is we getting a nuther stimulus payment

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  7. Patti

    Started receiving Ssdiin February of 2020, Married. However, We met the income guidelines. We filed our 2019 tax return, Married filing Jointly. My husband received $1200 in his account. I have yet to receive the $1200 that=the $2400. We as a married couple qualify for that amount total.
    I saw on the Social Security site that if you started receiving benefits on or after Jan 2020. You would receive either electronic deposit on Nov 4th or by check come shortly after the 6th.
    I need assistance, Who can I call? Or a website to file a claim, Anything? I tried using the non filers tool cause they extended it’s use until the 21st of November. I tried 4-5 times & kept being rejected, Couldn’t even make it to enter the info on the tool/site.
    Look forward to some feedback!
    All is greatly appreciated.😃

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  8. Joetta Phillips

    I receive ssi disability may I also file for unemployment and collect both at same time with back pay as well? Or is that illegal to do. I would report it to ssi.

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