Stimulus checks for SSI, SSDI: 12 important things to know about your third payment

Stimulus checks for SSI, SSDI: 12 important things to know about your third payment

Over 500,000 more third stimulus checks from the IRS went out this week to people who recently filed their taxes. Some of those payments went to people who receive SSI and SSDI benefits. If you haven’t received your payment and you qualify for Social Security benefits, it’s time to track it down. Note that your money should’ve arrived already if your benefits come on a Direct Express card. For others, they can expect their payments in the mail or by direct deposit.

Payments started going out last month for those who receive benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. And if you qualify for retired railroad worker benefits, your stimulus payments for up to $1,400 should be arriving soon. If you stopped or started receiving SSI or SSDI in 2019 or 2020, or think your money from the first two stimulus checks is missing, you might need to request a payment trace.

If you’re waiting on stimulus money for your dependents, we’ll explain why you might need to file a 2020 tax return — although you only have three days until Tax Day. If you have kids, read more about eligibility for the new child tax credit, including if your child is a qualified dependent — you could get up to $3,600 with the revised child tax payment. You may also be able to save up to $50,000 this year due to new stimulus rules. This story is regularly updated.

 I’m a Social Security beneficiary. What do I need to know about getting a third stimulus check?

If you receive Social Security SSI or SSDI benefits, your check should have arrived or be on the way by now. Here are the details:

  • Many who receive Social Security payments and most SSI and SSDI recipients and retired railroad workers will qualify to receive a stimulus check (see the general eligibility requirements here.) Tens of millions have already received theirs.
  • You should have received your payment around April 7 if you have direct deposit set up or were sent a Direct Express card.
  • Recipients of veterans’ benefits should have received their stimulus money on April 14 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 taxesRead more>>



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