Third Stimulus Check: Stimulus checks for SSDI, SSI beneficiaries: All you need to know
If you receive SSI or SSDI benefits, you may be wondering when your third stimulus check will arrive, if it hasn’t already.
The IRS began making payments on April 7 and, therefore, those who receive benefits by direct deposit or Direct Express card should have already seen the money come in.
But there are other factors that could be playing a part in whether you have received the money or not.
Needless to say, people who receive SSI and SSDI automatically qualify to receive a third stimulus check worth 1,400 dollars.
Eligibility for the first two rounds of such checks was based on simply having a Social Security number and weren’t claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, and so long as their household income didn’t exceed the threshold set.
Where the third check differs is that the bill that authorised the third check grants stimulus payment eligibility to those of all ages.
Receivers of Railroad Retirement and Veterans Affairs benefits can also be rest assured that they automatically qualify for payment.
SSI and SSDI beneficiaries
When set up with a direct deposit or Direct Express card, money should’ve already been received. Those who receive veterans’ benefits should have gotten their stimulus money on April 14, if they don’t usually file taxes.
Beneficiaries of SSI or SSDI can check the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool on the IRS website.
Direct Express payments
Only current Direct Express cardholders can receive their third stimulus payment on their cards. Those who currently don’t have a Direct Express card account cannot open one now in order to receive the stimulus funds.
The SSA says residents can receive stimulus funds on their Direct Express card if the following apply:
– You did not file a 2020 or 2019 tax return
– You did not use the IRS’ “Non-Filer” tool at the IRS website to provide information to receive a previous stimulus payment
– You receive your monthly Social Security benefit or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment via a Direct Express card.
Prepaid debit cards
Recipients who received a previous stimulus payment as a prepaid debit card, and not on their Direct Express card account, may receive their third stimulus payment as a paper check.
“The IRS does not plan to issue prepaid debit cards to beneficiaries for this third round of EIPs,” according to the SSA.
People who have already filed a 2020 tax return this year to claim missing stimulus money may find that the IRS will likely use this information instead of your 2019 details if it has processed your latest return. 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 dependents.