SSI recipients with no qualifying children do not
need to take any action in order to receive their $1,200 economic
impact payment. The payments will be automatic.
SSI recipients who have qualifying children under age 17, however,
should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They
should now go to the IRS’s webpage at
and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info section to provide
their information. By taking proactive steps to enter information on
the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they will
also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to
their $1,200 individual payment. If SSI beneficiaries in this group
do not provide their information to the IRS soon, they will have to
wait until later to receive their $500 per qualifying child.
“This is great news for SSI recipients, and I want to remind
recipients with qualifying children to go to IRS.gov soon so that
you will receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you
and your family are eligible for,” said Andrew Saul, Commissioner of
Social Security. “I also want to thank the dedicated employees of
the Treasury Department, the Social Security Administration, and the
Internal Revenue Service for making this happen and working non-stop
on this issue.”
Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance
beneficiaries (who don’t normally file taxes) will also qualify for
automatic payments of $1,200 from Treasury. These payments are
anticipated to start arriving around the end of April.
The Treasury Department, not the Social Security
Administration, will make these automatic payments to beneficiaries.
Recipients will generally receive the automatic payments by direct
deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as they
would normally receive their SSI or Social Security benefits.
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For those SSI and Social Security retirement,
survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries, with dependent
children, who use Direct Express debit cards, additional information
will be available soon regarding the steps to take on the IRS
website when claiming children under 17.
Please note that the agency will not consider Economic Impact
Payments as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded
from resources for 12 months.
For more information about Social Security retirement, survivors,
and disability insurance beneficiaries, please see the agency’s
April 10th press release: New Guidance about COVID-19 Economic
Impact Payments for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income
(SSI) Beneficiaries from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul.
The eligibility requirements and other information about the
Economic Impact Payments can be found here:
In addition, please continue to visit the IRS at www.irs.gov/coronavirus
for the latest information.
The agency will continue to update Social Security’s COVID-19 web
www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ as further details
Public Affairs Specialist
Social Security Administration]