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COVID-19 Updates from the Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration today posted updated information on their webpage dedicated to the COVID-19   ( pandemic. Here are excerpts on two specific areas our AMAC Foundation Social Security Advisory Service has received a number of inquires about:

How do I get my COVID-19 economic impact payment?

Date: April 7, 2020

The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security retirement, disability, and survivors beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The IRS will use SSA-1099 information they already have to automatically generate $1,200 economic impact payments to eligible Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019.

Treasury, not Social Security, will make automatic payments to Social Security beneficiaries. Beneficiaries will receive these payments by direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their Social Security benefits.

For updates from the IRS, visit Coronavirus Tax Relief.

Note for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients:

SSI recipients are eligible to receive the economic impact payment. We are working closely with Treasury to address outstanding questions about our SSI recipients in an attempt to make the issuance of economic impact payments as quick and efficient as possible. We realize people are concerned, and the IRS will provide additional information at Coronavirus Tax Relief when available.

Please note that we will not consider economic impact payments as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months.


Comments On This Topic

  1. I receive social security disability. I have custody of my 17 year old grand daughter who is blind an receives SSI. Does she qualify for anything?

    • Linda:

      Assuming your 17-year old granddaughter is a dependent on your federal income tax return, she would unfortunately not be eligible. Also, because of her age, she would not meet the eligibility rules for a dependent payment. This is because the rules explicitly define a “qualifying child” as being under the age of 17.

      Thanks for contacting us. I wish we could bring you more helpful news.

      Gerry Hafer
      AMAC Foundation, Inc.

      CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The opinions and interpretations expressed in this message are the viewpoints of the message’s author, a trained advisor accredited under the National Social Security Advisors program of the National Social Security Association, LLC (NSSA). The author, the NSSA, and the AMAC Foundation are not affiliated with or endorsed by the United States Government, the Social Security Administration, or any other state government.

    • Anita:

      Since you’ve been receiving SSDI, the SSA has your direct deposit banking information. Given this, the IRS will automatically be including you in the economic impact payments “stimulus check” distribution, assuming you qualify and are not listed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return. Here’s an excerpt from the IRS that clarifies your situation: Social Security and Railroad Retirement recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate Economic Impact Payments of $1,200 to these individuals even if they did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients are also part of this group who don’t need to take action.

      Gerry Hafer
      AMAC Foundation, INc.

  2. So I receive SSI and it is direct deposit on my current card so will the money go on that card that is what social security administration has on me and when will I be receiving the money

    • Stephanie:

      The most recent statements we’ve seen indicate that stimulus checks will be deposited the same way Social Security and SSI benefits are deposited. So, we believe you can expect your payment to arrive just like your SSI payment, assuming you qualify and are not listed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return. Regarding “when,” we can only report what the IRS has said, which is the distribution of payments will start in mid-April. See the headline post on today’s edition of the Social Security Report.

      Thanks for contacting the AMAC Foundation.

      Gerry Hafer
      AMAC Foundation, Inc.

  3. I wish you wouldn’t confuse people and give straight answers
    I’m on social security and don’t file taxes will I receive stimulus check and when

    • Irene:

      Yes. The information SSA has on file for your Social Security payment will be used to distribute your stimulus payment. Regarding “when,” we can only report what the IRS has said, which is the distribution of payments will start in mid-April.

      Gerry Hafer
      AMAC Foundation, Inc.

      • Will social security recipient’s recieve their stimulus checks within the first three week? Or will we still have to wait?

        • Lauretta:

          As we understand it, the IRS plan is to begin releasing payments the week of April 13. An article in the Detroit Free Press today notes that “The first group — estimated to cover 50 million to 70 million Americans — would cover people who have already given their bank account information to the Internal Revenue Service.” Since the Social Security Administration already has your information. and assuming you receive your Social Security payments electronically, you will likely be included in this first wave of payments. See today’s Social Security Report headline article for more information (

          Thank you for contacting us.

          Gerry Hafer
          AMAC Foundation, Inc.

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