New Guidance about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

New information has become available via Social Security Administration Commissioner Andrew Saul concerning the effect of Economic Impact Payments to SSI Recipients in a blog post. Below is a list of announcements he made concerning the matter.

  • People who receive Social Security, retirement, survivors, or disability insurance benefits and who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and who have qualifying children under age 17 should now go to the IRS’s webpage to enter their information instead of waiting for their automatic $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. This will ensure they will receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment.
  • The same guidance applies to SSI recipients, especially those who have qualifying children under the age of 17. To receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you and your family are eligible for, go to the IRS’s Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info page and provide information about yourself and your qualifying children.
  • Any new beneficiaries since January 1, 2020, of either Social Security or SSI benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, will also need to go to the IRS’s Non-Filers website to enter their information.
  • Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability beneficiaries who do not have qualifying children under age 17, you do not need to take any action with the IRS.  You will automatically receive your $1,200 economic impact payment directly from the IRS as long as you received an SSA-1099 for 2019.
  • Please note Economic Impact Payments will not be considered as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months.
  • Eligibility requirements and other information about the Economic Impact Payments can be found at the IRS’s Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments page.

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