How to receive your stimulus check if you are a Social Security beneficiary

Social Security
Posted at 12:54 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 14:33:29-04

The Internal Revenue Service announced Saturday that it had deposited its first wave of coronavirus stimulus checks into the bank accounts of qualifying Americans. For those who don’t normally file a tax return, however, a new web tool has been launched to receive Economic Impact Payments.

If you receive Social Security retirement, survivors or disability insurance benefits, you did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and you have qualifying children under age 17, the web tool is crucial to receive payments, according to the Social Security Administration.

Individuals who use the web tool and enter their information on the IRS website about themselves and their qualifying children will be able to receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to the $1,200 individual payment.

The Social Security Administration said those who receive SSI and have qualifying dependent children may have to wait to receive the $500 per qualifying child payment if they don’t submit their information soon.

Those who have just begun receiving Social Security or SSI benefits as of Jan. 1, 2020, who also did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, will need to enter their information with the IRS, according to the administration.

Individuals who receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits who do not have qualifying children under the age of 17, do not need to do anything and will automatically receive the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment directly from the IRS, as long as they received an SSA-1099 for 2019.

To submit information to the IRS to receive the Economic Impact Payment, click here.

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