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New Guidance about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

April 10, 2020 • By

Last Updated: March 17, 2021

“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. Felicia R Peterson

    Who do I talk too about my EIP

    • Vonda

      Hi Felicia, 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. Violeta Rivera

    I’m going to receive my assembly check

  3. Susan Leeds

    I did not receive a stimulus 600.00 check as of this date. Last time was by Mail and I have had direct deposit with no changes for many years. Is there a problem.

    • Vonda

      Hi Susan, 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. norma leonard

    i have not received a simulus check as of today norma leonard. xx xx 8941 please advise

    • Vonda

      Hi Samuel, 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.

  5. Emmanuel LaTouche

    Good Mornings!
    To Whom may Concerns:
    I, Emmanuel LaTouche
    9910 195th Street
    Hollis, New York 11423-3222
    (917)306-2301cell
    (718)464-6570 home
    SS# xxx-xx-0593
    I am on unemployment since March 2020, for the Coronavirus pandemics, my boss send me to have unemployment, the way I do not like to passing my life. Because does not enough to paying my bills, I like to do my work.
    Thanks God unemployment helping me and my wife to continue that ways, we do not living outside. My children help me so much in this situation.
    I feel to have pay for unemployment in Sunday for the week ending on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021.
    Usually, I receive the deposit on my KeyBank Card. since this morning, no answer about it. even my wife don’t have the deposit from Chase bank. Account, we are in the bad situation to paying bills.
    No $600 for us
    No $300 for us
    Not even deposit for unemployment.
    Please, helping us to survive.
    My best regard to you.
    Emmanuel LaTouche and Irmine LaTouche

    • Vonda

      Hi Emmanuel, thanks for using our blog. If you’re asking about Economic Impact Payments, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), not Social Security, issues them. Social Security cannot answer EIP questions about your specific situation. Check out our Social Security and Coronavirus web page for more details.

      If you’re asking about unemployment benefits, we are unable to answer questions about unemployment insurance as each state administers its own program. Learn more here. We hope this helps.

  6. Kim Huie

    I have not received my second stimulus check yet but I received a letter dated December 12 2020 that my daughter received two survivor benefit payments for May 2017. I did not receive two payments so I will appeal it but was my stimulus check taken to pay it back?

  7. B Horner

    Are there any housing benefits or assistance for people on ssdi? I’ve gotten 0 help from any state offices including DHS, AGING AND DISABILITY OFFICE,

  8. Mary A. Bacon

    My Cousin M. Harris never received her first stimulus check she is not a dependent but, was told that someone claimed her as a dependent. Is there a number that she can call to get help she is not on the internet she has a cell phone but, has not taken a internet class for seniors. I don’t know how to help her she said that she has her Social Security check go directly to her bank.

    • Vonda

      Hi Mary, thanks for using our blog. Please visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments Information Center 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. Thanks!

  9. Pam

    I have an overpayment for other reasons that I don’t think it’s legitimate and they also included my stimulus check towards the overpayment when they did the math. I know this because they sent me a letter with the math in it.

    • Vonda

      Hi Pam, thanks for using our blog. For your security, we do not have access to your overpayment information in this venue. Our Overpayments factsheet offers information on options for repaying as well as appeal and waiver rights. For further assistance, you can call 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. Franklin

    I received a stimulus check in May which caused my resources in June and July to be over the $2000.00 limit and caused me an over payment. I thought the stimulus check was not supposed to cause a penalty to people receiving SSI.

    • Dahmen Piotraschke

      Your economic stimulus payment should not be counted , even with it being added to your bank account. HOWEVER< the SSA looks at your bank account as money you deem as money not needed for living expenses. $2000 is the max beneficiaries can hold in a savings account. So, as smart self-advocates, we must always ASSUME the government is going to only look at the total you have …even if part of or all of the stimulus money, (the gov't does not know). So, always keep it below $2000 , even if it is not counted as income to effect your YEARLY earnings. But, your bank account total is a daily to monthly look at what benefits including your monthly benefits, a PT job, and yes even "survival" checks, which should be kept under $2000 as soon as it is automatically deposited. Withdrawal cash asap to be under $2000. They will not check to see if that money is from the "survival check", which most are expected to spend for needed expenses due to the pandemic, not for savings.

    • Violeta Rivera

      I’m going to receive my assembly check

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