Stimulus checks for Social Security recipients are now headed out, including for people in SSI and SSDI programs.
If you receive SSI or SSDI Social Security benefits, the IRS is the agency said, with many of the heading out as . People who receive retired railroad worker benefits can also start looking for their payments this week too. Not everyone who receives federal benefits and , however, will receive their checks in this latest batch. will need to wait to find out their payment date, according to the IRS.to begin going out by midweek,
If you typically get your benefits on a Direct Express card, this is likely how your stimulus money will arrive (more below). Some electronic transfers starting appearing over the weekend, recipients reported, and most people will get their electronically by April 7. If your payment doesn't arrive by this date, you could be getting a . You can also now .
We'll tell you what you need to know about the payment details and why you might need toto get stimulus money . If you stopped or started receiving SSI or SSDI in 2019 or 2020 or are payments in 2020, you may run into some issues and need to . (If you have kids, read up on , including if your child is a -- the .) This story is frequently updated.
Key details for Social Security beneficiariesMany people who receive Social Security payments and most SSI, SSDI and retired railroad workers will qualify to receive a stimulus check ( ).You will likely receive your payment on or by April 7 if you have direct deposit set up or through a Direct Express card.
could see their stimulus money in mid-April, if they don't usually file taxes.
If you used the Non-Filers tool in 2020 and didn't have a change in life circumstances, you may receive a check automatically as . Going forward, your money could arrive as a .You could around, especially if you .Are you part of a ? There are some things you should know. by private debt collectors, but not from past-due .You'll need to file a 2020 tax form to from the previous checks, even if .You may also need to file a 2020 tax form (for free) to claim your dependents for the third stimulus check.The government says it will conduct outreach letting taxpayers know if they're eligible for any funds and offering help if needed. Any missing payment amount from the third check may be paid out as (in 2022), a year from now. You'll likely have to file a tax return to claim it, if the IRS follows the same pattern for missing stimulus check money as now (more info on this below.)There's no yet, but some are advocating for more direct payments to Americans.
Stimulus check 3: How much money you'll get
Stimulus check arrival dates for SSI, SSDI and veterans
Federal beneficiaries who Non-Filers tool in 2020 may have already received a stimulus payment or could get one in a future batch of checks being sent out by the government.or used the
For most everyone else, your payment could arrive on April 7 through direct deposit or on your Direct Express card. However, according to the IRS.will have to wait until mid-April,
The IRS and Treasury will use the information it has on file to automatically send you a check (even if you didn't file a return.) People who have already filed a 2020 tax return this year tomay find that the IRS instead of your 2019 details if it has
Some people may need to file a 2020 tax return, even if they don't usually file, so the IRS has all the information needed to send payments to cover your eligible.
What you can do if your stimulus check doesn't show up
If there's a problem with your stimulus check, the SSA and VA refer you back to the IRS. However, the IRS doesn't want you to call if you have an issue with your payment and points out repeatedly on its FAQ pages that phone staff don't have additional information beyond what's. So what, then?
Depending on the situation, there may be a few self-service options if youor at least are looking for an explanation of . Otherwise, you may find you need to , but there are specific timing rules for that.
The rules surrounding the third stimulus check can get confusing, fast.
Will your stimulus check arrive through Direct Express, in the mail or a different way?
If you didn't Non-Filers tool in 2020 and you receive your monthly Social Security benefits by Direct Express card, it's likely your third payment will be added on your Direct Express card, according to the SSA and Direct Express (PDF). It appears the same card will be used.or used the
Note that you'll receive one free withdrawal in addition to your usual free monthly withdrawal for monthly benefits.
Direct Express is a departure from the first two stimulus payments approved in 2020. Most SSI and SSDI recipients received their first payments through a non-Direct Express bank account or as a paper check if they didn't have current bank account information on file with the IRS. The IRS said SSI and SSDI recipients should have gotten their stimulus check money the same way they received their first stimulus checks, including Direct Express for some. Here's from the first rounds.
Is it too late to register for a Direct Express account? What if you closed your account?
You can sign up for a new Direct Express account at any time to receive monthly federal benefits electronically, but if you don't currently have an account, you'll receive your third stimulus check a different way, likely.
If you closed your Direct Express account or there's an error sending money to an inactive account, the payment will be returned to the IRS, which will reissue the stimulus money another way -- likely via mail sent to your last known address. If you moved, here's how to.
Here's how to contact Direct Express to enroll in a new account for monthly benefits: Call 1-800-333-1795, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT (9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET). Note that Direct Express representatives may not be able to answer stimulus check questions. Here's more information about Direct Express cards and stimulus checks (PDF.)
If you're missing stimulus money for yourself or your dependents, you'll need to claim it on your tax return.
Could your third stimulus payment arrive as an EIP debit card?
Five million stimulus payments are projected to be made through the the IRS -- but checks going out to Social Security recipients won't take the form of an EIP card. According to the SSA support website:, according to
"The IRS does not plan to issue prepaid debit cards to beneficiaries for this third round of EIPs... The Social Security Administration does not administer the EIP debit card program, and did not decide who received an EIP debit card instead of a paper check."
Will you get the full $1,400 payment? Is it possible to get more or even less?
As part of President Joe Biden's, people who receive SSI and SSDI will once again to receive a , as they did for the first and second round of payments approved in March and December 2020.
In those first two rounds, those individuals were eligible so long as they had a Social Security number and weren'ton someone else's tax return -- and so long as their household income didn't exceed the threshold ($75,000 single, $112,500 head of household, $150,000 married.)
The March 11, 2021 bill that authorized a third check, including and . It also increases the amount set aside for those dependents to . Another change: This time around, than they were in the first two rounds, meaning that single taxpayers who earn $75,000 or less per year will be eligible for the full amount, while those who earn more than $80,000 per year won't get any money. That means , while .
People receiving Railroad Retirement and Veterans Affairs benefits also automatically qualify for a payment, as they did in the first and second round of stimulus checks, the IRS said.