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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. Cynthia Warren

    If I received the first check will I receive the second?

    • Vonda

      Hi Cynthia, 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. Pam

    IS SSA still using prisoners to take calls at their call center? What about misinformation posted to someones account ? how do you get that taken care of? what if an outside person contacts a SSA personnel and tells them to underpay that recipient wrongfully? with so many offices closed who do you report that too? shall i call the police? When are the SSA offices reopening? im in 60466 Pam

    • Vonda

      Hi Pam, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or 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.

  3. Leslie

    I received unemployment most of last year and sadly into this year. Because of that, I took my social security as soon as I could. On the weekly questionnaire for PUA it asks if I STARTED receiving a pension. I just got my first social security check. Do I answer that question with yes since social security is a type of pension?

    • Vonda

      Hi Leslie. We are unable to answer questions about unemployment insurance as each state administers its own program. Learn more here.

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  5. Ramon Pares

    I did not receive the $600.00 stimulus check 2021

    • Sue

      Hi, Ramon. 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.

  6. Joseph Zimmer

    I am scheduled to receive pandemic Corona virus unemployment payments

    If accepting monthly payments because of the Corona virus does it illy effect the continuation of my monthly SSI / SSDI payments ?

    • Vonda

      Hi Joseph, thank you for your question. Unemployment benefits do not affect or reduce Social Security retirement and disability benefits. State unemployment compensation payments are not wages because they are paid due to unemployment rather than employment. However, income from Social Security may reduce your unemployment compensation. Contact your state unemployment office for information on how your state applies the reduction.

      If you’re receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), unemployment insurance benefits are considered unearned income. If you, your spouse, or a child living in your household have any income other than your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment, including unemployment insurance benefits, you must tell us.
      To learn more about SSI and how income affects your payment, read What You Need to Know When You Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

      If receiving SSI, report your unemployment income by calling 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.

  7. Dirk Rose

    My 2nd stimulus was supposedly mailed, instead of direct deposit being used. The status says it was mailed on 01/08/2021. I have not received it yet. It is 01/18/2021.

    • Vonda

      Hi Dirk, 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.

  8. Paul R. Lovier

    Could you please contact me about mine and my wife`s 1st stimulus payments we still have not gotten them . We were in the middle of moving from one state to another .
    We think there may have been a address that was not changed as to why this has happened .

    Thank You in advance .

    • Vonda

      Hi Paul, 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.

  9. Alicia Bennnett

    My $1,200 check was mailed but not received. Please stop payment, and replace. I have received my $600 check in the mail. Any future stimulus check please direct deposit to my account as my social security. Thank you.

    • Vonda

      Hi Alicia, 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.

  10. Richard E Killian

    I need my second stimulus check on my replacement card from another call center to activate this new direct express card to activate my card so I can I have my mone

    • Vonda

      Hi Richard, 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.

    • Darren Wise

      I received my first check in the mail,but the IRS said they deposited to account 8331,I didn’t recognize it,now the second check,the said it was deposited in the same acct as the first,that I don’t recognize,so now what should I do,it’s the Jan.30th,still no check.I’m a non filer also.

      • Vonda

        Hi Darren, 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.

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