Social Security Disability Benefits and COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments

The U.S. Treasury announced that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Social Security retirement and survivors and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will qualify for automatic payments of $1,200. From the US Treasury Department. These payments do not come from the Social Security Administration. Recipients should receive the automatic payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as they would receive their normal Social Security benefits. 

Social Security (including SSI) recipients who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and have qualifying children under the age of 17 need to go to the IRS’s website and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info to enter their information in order to also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their own.

If you are a new Social Security beneficiary since January 1, 2020 (either Social Security or SSI benefits) and did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you will need to also go to the IRS’s Non-Filers website to enter your information as you will not receive automatic payments from Treasury.

The US Treasury expects automatic payments for Social Security beneficiaries no later than the end of April and automatic payments for SSI recipients no later than early May.

Special Information for Supplemental Security Income recipients:

The Social Security Administration will not consider Economic Impact Payments as income for SSI recipients. The payment is excluded as a resource for 12 months.

4 thoughts on “Social Security Disability Benefits and COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments”

  1. It’s great to see that the automatic payments are still going out by the end of the month. My brother is trying to get benefits right now because he has a disability that prevents him from working. I’ll share this article with him soon so that he can get an idea of how to obtain those benefits this month.

  2. I keep seeing reports that many people have not received their payments yet. But, officially, the claim is that almost 100% of the payments have been sent out.

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