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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. Jasmone V.

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  2. Tony T.

    I need my payment h and r block did my 2020 taxes my agent told me I would have to wait until next year why every thing is in order why

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    • Vonda

      Hi Tony, 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. Ruben M.

    I didn’t recieve my third stimuLys check. I don’t file taxes why haven’t received my third one I didn’t get a notice why.

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    • Vonda

      Hi Ruben, 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. Kathleen

    I recieve disability i get it on direct express i got it and 2nd but still haven’t recieved 3rd dont know who to talk to

    Kathleen

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    • Vonda

      Hi Kathleen, 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. Rose M.

    Rose McClain I have not received my third payment. I RECEIVE THE other ones in direct deposit. I m trying to find out whats the problem

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    • Maggie m.

      I’m on ssi just got on it in January 2021 I never got any stumlus and I should have got all 3 what can I do please help me it’s not fair I live on really low funds

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      • Vonda

        Hi Maggie, 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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    • Carlos A.

      I have not received mine either I was told it was mailed out April 16 they said 3 to 4 weeks and I’m still waiting

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    • Vonda

      Hi Rose, 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
  6. Gabriela

    I already sent my 2020tax but I didn’t receive my two child’s economic impact payment as per they were under my 27 years old stepson who pass away feb 2020
    Don’t know how to claim

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    • Iris S.

      You are not allowed to keep Stimilus check for someone who has passed away.

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      • Brenda S.

        Depends on what year they passed away. If they died before 2019 you can’t keep it. My husband passed away 2020 per irs first was allowed to keep.

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    • Vonda

      Hi Gabriela, 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
  7. Brenda A.

    I haven’t received ant payment yet. Althoug I pay taxes, until now nit a signal of the payments.

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    • Vonda

      Hi Brenda, 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. PIORELLO D.

    We are now living in the Philippines, because If I stay in USA the amount of my pension will not be enough for my subsdistence. How about my stimulus can I receive it?

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    • Vonda

      Hi Piorello, 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. robert e.

    i robert e jones saw on my us bank check acc 1.000 some dallas i did not get it beause us bank sent it back to ris because bank acc was out in dec 2020 the first back i did in jan 2021 and april the second check from irs the stimulus in my check acc at us back i have call irs i was told i will get paper work but i have not got papper work about the stimulus check over 3 mos

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  10. Susan W.

    I’ve been waiting on my retirement since I had telephone appointment. Was told to look for check in April I have receive nothing she told me amount I would recieve and when and I can not get through to anyone T SSA or I het hung up on

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    • C. M.

      I was told my stimulus payment would go to an old bill?? I don’t owe irs or nothing to others!!

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      • robert e.

        check thing about first check from irs stimulus check

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        • Vonda

          Hi Robert, 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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    • Iris S.

      We didn’t receive January $600 nor March $1400. We filed our 2020 taxes in early March. The same has happened to my son, but IRS did cash his 4th Qtr estimated SE Tax. Just wondering if this has anything to do with voting for Donald J Trump.
      The IRS online tracker has NEVER worked. The phone number to check with the IRS is silly, the representative said “couldn’t take name nor SS#.” What’s the point of a call if no one can answer a question!

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      • deletha d.

        Honey ain’t that the truth they getting paid to do nothing maybe this is why we don’t have our stimulus check, because they are paying these representative with no answer for you. now they saying you have to go on IRS websites and print out a form and fill it out and fax it in so they can track missing payment, this is giving me a headache.

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    • Vonda

      Hi Susan, thank you for using our blog to ask your question. You can log in to or create a my Social Security account to check the status of your application online.

      If you are unable to check your status online, you can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or 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.

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