SSDI, SSI and stimulus checks: How your payment will arrive, IRS delivery update, other key rules

If you receive SSI or SSDI Social Security benefits, the IRS is scheduling your payments to begin going out by midweek, the agency said, with many of the $1,400 payments heading out as direct deposits. People who receive retired railroad worker benefits can also start looking for their payments this week too. Not everyone who receives federal benefits and qualifies for a payment, however, will receive their checks in this latest batch. Veterans who qualify for benefits through Veterans Affairs will need to wait to find out their payment date, according to the IRS.

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 third check electronically by April 7. If your payment doesn’t arrive by this date, you could be getting a paper check — here’s how to follow its progress with the USPS. You can also now track your stimulus check status with the IRS.

We’ll tell you what you need to know about the payment details and why you might need to file a 2020 tax return to get stimulus money for your dependents. If you stopped or started receiving SSI or SSDI in 2019 or 2020 or are missing any money from the first two check payments in 2020, you may run into some issues and need to request a payment trace. (If you have kids, read up on eligibility for the new child tax credit, including if your child is a qualified dependent — the CTC could deliver up to $3,600 per child.) This story is frequently updated.

 Key details for Social Security beneficiaries
  • Many people who receive Social Security payments and most SSI, SSDI and retired railroad workers will qualify to receive a stimulus check (see the general eligibility requirements here).
  • You will likely receive your payment on or by April 7 if you have direct deposit set up or through a Direct Express card.
  • Recipients of veterans benefits 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 part of the ongoing stimulus payment batch. Going forward, your money could arrive as a paper check.
  • You could get a larger check this time around, especially if you claim dependents.
  • Are you part of a mixed-citizenship family? There are some things you should know.
  • Stimulus checks can once again be seized by private debt collectors, but not from past-due child support.
  • You’ll need to file a 2020 tax form to claim missing stimulus money from the previous checks, even if you don’t usually file taxes.
  • 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 part of tax season 2021 (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 fourth stimulus check yet, but some are advocating for more direct payments to Americans…Read more>>


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