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Supplemental Security Income Recipients, Act Now – Go to IRS.gov – A Message from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul

April 24, 2020 • By

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Last Updated: March 17, 2021

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department in early May. People receiving SSI benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should immediately go to the IRS’s webpage and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Information section to provide their information. SSI recipients who have dependent children and did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes need to act by Tuesday, May 5, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly. 

By taking this proactive step 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 people in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, their payment at this time will be $1,200 only. They would then be required to file a tax year 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child.

I urge SSI recipients with qualifying children and who do not normally file taxes to take action now. Immediately go to IRS.gov so that you will receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you and your family are eligible for.

Lastly, a word of caution. Be aware of scams related to the Economic Impact Payments. There is no fee required to receive these payments. Don’t be fooled.

Visit the agency’s COVID-19 web page for important information and updates.

Click here to view the IRS press release about this important issue.


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Andrew Saul, Commissioner, Social Security Administration

Commissioner of Social Security Administration (June 17, 2019 - July 9, 2021)

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  1. Amy

    I’m on ssi and that is my only income and my 1st stimulus check got took for back child support will that happen with the 2nd stimulus check

  2. Brandy r.

    I have not received any ssd or economic payment. I do not have an account number to give you.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Brandy, 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!

  3. Neely W.

    How do they know if you have children? I file taxes every year but my 2 boys arent on my return because I am on SSI and so is one of my boys! So how would they if they aren’t on my taxes?

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Neely. Please visit the Internal Revenue Service’s website here 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!

  4. Lerome V.

    i never recieve mine

  5. FORLANDA A.

    I’m being told to jump thought hoops to get my stimulus payment. I was told that until I filed a paper return I couldn’t get my payment. I’ve been on SSDI since 2016 with direct deposit to my bank with no problems. The IRS claims my identity was stolen in 2015. My question is why do i have to wait with a kid going back to school another 6-8 months for something I was told I would automatically get back in April ? Because if I don’t file a paper return I wont get a dime that was already promised to me. So why is Social Security not helping the clients get their money. Because IRS claims no information has been sent from Social Security to release a payment to me either. Havent filed taxes in 5 years, No dependents to claim, dont owe child support , no issues on my end… wheres my money ?? I could use it since my child is back home with me and starting school in 2 weeks

  6. Brandee

    My ex boyfriend falsely claimed me as a dependent on his taxes for the past 2 years and as a result I didn’t get the first stimulus check and most likely won’t receive one this next go round. Is there a way to talk to a live person so that I can get this issue resolved by the time the second round of stimulus money gets sent out?

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Brandee, 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!

  7. Dianette R.

    ssi pay bank when July 31 or Agust. 2020…?

  8. James

    I’m on ssi I’m disabled and homeless can’t afford a place rent is higher than my check sure could have used that to move out of this state. Entire economy is going to shit .Who the hell is in charge of this country, suppose to be the people what a joke.

  9. Gail D.

    I have a question about the 2nd pandemic payment.
    I had the first payment sent to a prepay card because of the confusion about government benefits. I’d like to be sure that the pandemic stimulus money will go on my Direct Express card this time, please?

  10. Liza M.

    Well I don’t know how come I can never log in nor get updates on my payments or anything it’s always I got approved

    • Ann C.

      Hi, Liza. We are sorry to hear about your frustration. If you are still unable to access an account or encounter a problem with your personal my Social Security account, you may:
      •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk”; or
      •Contact your local Social Security office. Your local office can assist with updates about specific concerns. We hope this helps.

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