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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. Joyce Williams

    Hi, my husband and I filed our taxes. His salary was over the limit so we don’t get a stimulus check. But we take care of all 4 of our deceased daughters children. Plus our adult daughter and her child. These are all of our dependents, and they should get a stimulus plus they get SSI. only one child got a $1400 check. What about the others? Need some answers please. Thanks

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  2. Carmen N.

    I’m 70 yrs old receiving S.S. Retirement benefits and my daughter has me as a dependent. I haven’t received any Stimulus $ nor has my daughter received any for me. Her income is @ $160k annually. I thought for the 3rd stimulus of $1400 adult dependents would be included to receive stimulus check. Am I not getting this correctly? Do I qualify even though my daughter may be above income cutoff? How do I file?

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    • Vonda

      Hi Carmen, thank you for using our blog. The IRS, not Social Security, sends all economic impact payments. Unfortunately, our telephone representatives and social media team cannot answer your specific situation about payments. You can find the latest information available from the IRS website. If you don’t see the answer to your question, you can call the IRS’ payment hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

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  3. Randy G Chapman

    I,allso have not received any stimulus checks either?,um, stimulus payments=0?, currently ssa/ssi??

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    • Vonda

      Hi Randy, thank you for using our blog. The IRS, not Social Security, sends all economic impact payments. Unfortunately, our telephone representatives and social media team cannot answer your specific situation about payments. You can find the latest information available from the IRS website. If you don’t see the answer to your question, you can call the IRS’ payment hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

      Reply
  4. Kristine Marie Cilento-Keller

    I am on ssi, and never received any of the stimulus checks. My ex had his information-bank acct number etc. On file with the Irs. I moved December 2019 so it’s possible he had my checks deposited into his acct. He filed the taxes by e-file and direct deposit. I filed a tax return for 2020 with the recovery rebate on March 8th.Please help. Thank you!

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    • Vonda

      Hi Kristine, thank you for using our blog. The IRS, not Social Security, sends all economic impact payments. Unfortunately, our telephone representatives and social media team cannot answer your specific situation about payments. You can find the latest information available from the IRS website. If you don’t see the answer to your question, you can call the IRS’ payment hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

      Reply
  5. Larry M.

    I received the first two economic impact payments but not a third. My 2020 IRS tax material has not yet been submitted but will be before the May 17 deadline. Should I be expecting a third economic impact payment (it is now May 5)?

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    • Vonda

      Hi Larry, thank you for using our blog. The IRS, not Social Security, sends all economic impact payments. Unfortunately, our telephone representatives and social media team cannot answer your specific situation about payments. You can find the latest information available from the IRS website. If you don’t see the answer to your question, you can call the IRS’ payment hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

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      • Joshua E Bialeschki

        Hello this Joshua bialeschki I have not received the 2nd payment for dependent for child or the third payment for me or dependent I think its pretty sad that people that really need those payments its so hard for them to get

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    • Michael P Smith

      S.michael I got the first 1 cheques but I did not get the 2rd one do I need to file again

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  6. Elizabeth skinner

    Elizabeth skinner

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  7. Laura Palmer

    I got the first 2 cheques but not the 3rd. I don’t need to file a tax reture, I don’t make enough.

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    • Vonda

      Hi Laura, thank you for using our blog. The IRS, not Social Security, sends all economic impact payments. Unfortunately, our telephone representatives and social media team cannot answer your specific situation about payments. You can find the latest information available from the IRS website. If you don’t see the answer to your question, you can call the IRS’ payment hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

      Reply
  8. Everlena p

    I receive Social Security but I have not received my $1,400 yet and it did not come through the mail ,or deposited into my checking account I did not receive the first $1,200 for 6 weeks and the second one I did not receive that at all I had to file a 2020 tax return can someone please tell me what is going on and why do I have to wait so long when I receive Social Security this benefits just like a lot of other people who got it on April 7 the.

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    • Vonda

      Hi Everlena, thank you for using our blog. The IRS, not Social Security, sends all economic impact payments. Unfortunately, our telephone representatives and social media team cannot answer your specific situation about payments. You can find the latest information available from the IRS website. If you don’t see the answer to your question, you can call the IRS’ payment hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

      Reply
  9. Deborah Thomas

    I didn’t get the first economic stimulus. I received SSD. What do I do?

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    • Vonda

      Hi Deborah, thank you for using our blog. The IRS, not Social Security, sends all economic impact payments. Unfortunately, our telephone representatives and social media team cannot answer your specific situation about payments. You can find the latest information available from the IRS website. If you don’t see the answer to your question, you can call the IRS’ payment hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

      Reply
  10. HUBERT TALLMAN

    BOTH OF US DID NOT GET THE CHECKS HOW DO WE GET THEM?

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    • Vonda

      Hi Hubert, thank you for using our blog. The IRS, not Social Security, sends all economic impact payments. Unfortunately, our telephone representatives and social media team cannot answer your specific situation about payments. You can find the latest information available from the IRS website. If you don’t see the answer to your question, you can call the IRS’ payment hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

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      • William Beem

        The irs can’t find my info . I’m on ssi and receive my first stimulus payment. But my back account was closed so ssi gave me a direct express card so I didn’t get my $600 stimulus payment. I did what irs said to do to file taxes for the to rebate credit. I never received anything in the mail. I checked to get my payment website and it told me it went to your bank account that I do not recognize and they had no more information on me so I am denied the $600 credit rebate when I called I was on the phone line for 2 hours and 10 minutes and it could not find any information and I said I would have to wait 90 days to find out if I am eligible to get this credit rebate I know that I am eligible to receive this $600 payment it is ridiculous that the IRS cannot update the information when I turn in my tax information I did everything updated information on it and they could not find anything on it I should not have to wait any longer to receive this credit rebate $600. This is not my mistake this is the IRS that cannot handle more then what they can handle. Please help me to get my $600 credit rebate William L Beem if you need more information on me please ask me in your next response to my text

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        • Vonda

          Hi William, thank you for using our blog. The IRS, not Social Security, sends all economic impact payments. Unfortunately, our telephone representatives and social media team cannot answer your specific situation about payments. You can find the latest information available from the IRS website. If you don’t see the answer to your question, you can call the IRS’ payment hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

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    • Darrell F Martin II

      My wife, and I did not receive EIP Since April until this date today. So two or three missing, and we are not better for it. I am about to file my 2020 Tax filings so we’ll see if this has any impact on our situation. Either way it would be nice, and the responsible course of action to notify the recipient, and advise them how to take care of the problem.

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      • Vonda

        Hi Darrell, thank you for using our blog. The IRS, not Social Security, sends all economic impact payments. Unfortunately, our telephone representatives and social media team cannot answer your specific situation about payments. You can find the latest information available from the IRS website. If you don’t see the answer to your question, you can call the IRS’ payment hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Thanks!

        Reply

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