Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

The Treasury Department announced that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department.  Treasury anticipates these automatic payments to go out no later than early May.

SSI recipients with no qualifying children do not need to take any action in order to receive their $1,200 economic impact payment. The payments will be automatic.

SSI recipients who have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should now go to the IRS’s webpage and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info section to provide their information. 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 SSI beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, they will have to wait until later to receive their $500 per qualifying child.

This is great news for SSI recipients, and I want to remind recipients with qualifying children to go to soon so that you will receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you and your family are eligible for. I also want to thank the dedicated employees of the Treasury Department, Social Security, and the Internal Revenue Service for making this happen and working non-stop on this issue.

SSI Recipients with Dependent Children Should Still Go To to Provide Their Information

Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries (who don’t normally file taxes) will also qualify for automatic payments of $1,200 from Treasury. These payments are anticipated to start arriving around the end of April.

The Treasury Department, not Social Security, will make these automatic payments to beneficiaries. Recipients will generally receive the automatic payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their SSI or Social Security benefits.

For those SSI and Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries, with dependent children, who use Direct Express debit cards, additional information will be available soon regarding the steps to take when claiming children under 17, on the IRS website.

Please note that the agency will not consider Economic Impact Payments as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months.

For more information about Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries, please see our most recent blog.

The eligibility requirements and other information about the Economic Impact Payments can be found on the IRS website. In addition, please continue to visit the IRS for the latest information.

The agency will continue to update Social Security’s COVID-19 web page  as further details become available.



2,954 thoughts on “Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

    • The question regarding a second stimulus check has not been decided on yet. It has to be debated in Congress and then voted on. The House of Representatives and the Senate are very divided on another stimulus check. Some say it is needed, others say the US deficit is way too high and the US should not spend more stimulus money. So it is way too soon to figure out if there will be another stimulus check or not. We can still hope.

  1. My husband recieved his payment but I did not receive mine we both are on SSI both have our checks going into same bank account. I filled the non-filers taxes he recieved his but I did not receive the 1200 stimulus covid-19 payment. Can you tell me why?

    • Sarah, don’t give up. Millions of qualified Americans are still waiting for their stimulus checks. You are not the only one. My niece is still waiting. I am not sure why it is taking so long but the IRS is still sending out payments every day. Four million people are receiving their stimulus by pre-paid Visa cards. I am not saying that is how you will receive your stimulus payment, I have no idea. I am just saying don’t throw away a Visa card if you receive one in the mail without verifying it first.

  2. I never received my stimulus check. My social security check is directly deposited into my bank account. Therefore my stimulus check should have also been deposited into my account. What can I do to get this check? Thank you, Linda Morgan

  3. I have been waiting on my check I’m on ssi stimulus check have not come my friend got hers on May the 8th where is minds my daughter carry me on her income tax 2018 and 2019 but they say that I surpose to get the check where is it

  4. If I receive both SS and ssi but was claim as a dependent on someone taxes will I revive a stumials check

  5. Both my parents receive SSI benefits. They are aged 77 and 74. They live in same apartment in San Jose, California. They got stimulus money of $1200 each in May, 2020. Today, June 1, 2020, they had a online interview from SSI office ( San Jose, CA) for their periodical/annual review. The lady (interviewer ) kept asking why my parents did not report to Social Security Administration that they got stimulus money. Also she was asking what my parents did with the stimulus money. Is she even allowed to ask about stimulus money? Stimulus money should not be considered as income or resource for SSI benefits qualification. How do we complain about her? What can my parents do if the lady reduce their SSI benefits because they got the stimulus money? Please reply.

  6. Yea I’m on Ssi with direct express card direct deposit each month. And I haven’t received any stimulus payment yet either. Idk what else to do anymore. They don’t tell you nothing when u call and finally got they put u right back to the damn recording.

  7. Because of COVID19 I was not able to fly home. My stimulus Check was mailed on 5/15/2020. I believe it was returned. I surely need it. Can-it be sent to my bank? My SS check are direct deposit.

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