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What to Do If You’re Missing Economic Impact Payments

May 4, 2021 • By

Last Updated: May 4, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the third round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) in April. Most Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients should have received their EIPs by now. If you, your eligible spouse, or eligible dependent did not receive their EIP – or full amount of the EIP – for this round or any previous round of EIPs, please read this carefully. We have information to share from the IRS to help you get that money.

To get any missing first or second EIPs, you’ll need to file a 2020 tax return with the IRS and claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) as soon as possible. You would need to file the 2020 tax return even if you have no income to report for 2020. When your tax return is processed, the IRS will pay the RRC as a tax refund. The IRS will send you any additional third EIP amount you are eligible for in 2021 separately.

If you already filed your 2020 tax return, you don’t need to do anything else. You can visit our Economic Impact Payments and Tax Credits page to learn more. Please share this with your family and friends—and post it on social media to help us spread the word.

If you have questions about tax-related topics and economic impact payments, please contact the IRS.


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  1. Debora

    Thanks! I’m still getting child tax benefits for 2 kids and provided that I can even take a child tax benefit loan based on the income provided by the Government, we can handle. However, with CERB program being shut down I’m having a hard time looking for job…

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  2. Carolettia N.

    What if I filed my 2020 income tax an forgot to in the recovery rebate for the second Eip

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    • Vonda

      Hi Carolettia, thanks for reaching out. For taxation inquiries, please contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at http://www.irs.gov or by calling their toll-free number at 1-800-829-1040.

      Reply
  3. Joshua r.

    I had a warrent so I didn’t file . I was arrested and now released now am I eligible to get n e of the stimulus

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    • Vonda

      Hi Joshua, thanks for reaching out. Please visit our web page, Economic Impact Payments, Child Tax Credits, and Other Refundable Tax Credits, to learn how to claim monthly Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments and missing economic impact payments (EIP), also known as stimulus payments. Please remember that Social Security does not process, and cannot answer questions about, tax credits and EIPs. We hope this helps!

      Reply
  4. Robin N.

    I was told I did not need to file taxes for the year 2020 since I do not make enough money on SSDI. How do I get stimulus money if I didn’t file tax returns?

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    • Vonda

      HI Robin, thanks for using our blog. Please visit our web page, Economic Impact Payments, Child Tax Credits, and Other Refundable Tax Credits, to learn how to claim monthly Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments and missing economic impact payments (EIP), also known as stimulus payments. Please remember that Social Security does not process, and cannot answer questions about, tax credits and EIPs. We hope this helps!

      Reply
  5. Francesca

    Hi I cannot get through to unemployment by phone and email. I’ve been trying for months. I spoke with a Mrs Cobb back in July of 2020 and she assured me I could certify going forward. I am owed 8 weeks from July to September. It’s really crazy. I even sent a written letter can you tell me what I can do??

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    • Vonda

      Hi Francesca, thanks for using our blog. We are unable to answer questions about unemployment insurance as each state administers its own program. For more information, check out the U.S. Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance web page.

      Reply

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