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.”


2,234 thoughts on “New Guidance about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

  1. I live in Poland . I received E I Payment check . But no bank in Poland will accept or cach it . Not even bank I keep my acconts in . Don’t know what to do with it !
    p.s. Why the IRS did not made a direct deposit ?
    I receive my monthly SS payment to my account here .
    The check has my address here in Poland .
    Any help please ?

  2. Karl Buchholtz
    Diers Wisch 12, 27356 Rotenburg/Germany
    SSD Number: *** – ** – ***
    I recived my Economic Impact Payment by paper check,
    but I can not cash it in at any German bank.
    Question: What can I do to receive the money by direct deposit to my Bank Acount number wich you have on file.
    Thank you in advance.
    Karl Buchholtz

    • If you still have any US BANK account you have to contact your bank via e mail or phone and ask for address where to mail your check in the US, bank will get it and will deposit to your account. Better mail registered, EMS, etc. due to C19 situation.
      Years ago it was possible to cash foreign checks but at pretty high fee. You know US check is outside EU check…

  3. It has been many years since we have had a decent president in the USA. And it’s the same thing as Hillary vs. trump two very bad humans now it’s Biden and trump and the 8years of Obama was immoral and tearing up the Bible and Constitution .it seems like the hope for this country is going away it hurts to see my home town is now a dangerous place to live. Murder gun shots drugs illegal immigrants homelessness trash garbage in the street

  4. I don’t know who to call about my impact payment. My husband got his. We did not file 2018and 2019 taxes until June 1st 2020 I thought that was hold it up. I can not get past the no info now check later. We Dr t paper tzces. Also I looked them over and the account # for direct deposit has one number missing so far ever number I have tried days because of the combined they are shot staffed on a recording and try another time of can are not taking cases. What Do I do. I don’t know if they have gotten to my taxes yet. They don’t tell me me but to check again ?????

  5. I can’t get information about my eip through the website! They say my information doesn’t match their records. I have a direct express account and my monthly retirement benefits are transferred through direct express to a designated dollar account here in the Philippines. How should my eip be paid to me? By a debit card or through electronic transfer to my bank here in the Philippines?

    • Hi Hisband. The Economic Impact Payment (EIP) belongs to the Social Security or SSI beneficiary. It is not a Social Security or SSI benefit. A representative payee should discuss the EIP with the beneficiary. If the beneficiary wants to use the EIP independently, the representative payee should provide the EIP to the beneficiary. If the beneficiary asks the representative payee for assistance in using the EIP in a specific manner or saving it, the representative payee can provide that assistance outside the role of a representative payee. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for more details.

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