If you already receive benefits through the federal government’s Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance programs, youfor a , if Congress authorizes one as part of .
And if you were eligible for the, but didn’t receive it, the IRS deadline to has come and gone (it was Nov. 21). We’ll explain how you may still be able to receive it in 2021, as well as catch-up payments if the IRS didn’t send the full amount for you and your .
As of now, the final details ofare still up in the air. Negotiators are next week after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess. However, it isn’t guaranteed that a bill, if it passes, . That may have to wait until 2021. We can’t make promises, but has previously said .
Below, we’ll walk you through details that concern SSI and SSDI recipients.
SSDI or SSI recipients: You could qualify for a second stimulus payment
Until Congress completes a bill, we won’t know exactly. But , we expect qualifications to largely remain the same as they were in the March CARES Act. That means if you’re part of the SSI or SSDI program you would qualify for a check, as you did in the first round, so long as you have a Social Security number and you are on someone else’s tax return. Your household income must also not exceed the threshold (which is $75,000 single, $112,500 head of household and $150,000 married).
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The deadline to file if you didn’t receive your first check was Nov. 21
If you receive SSI or SSDI but still haven’t gotten a stimulus check from the first round, the IRS may still need more information about your eligibility. To get your money this year, the IRS set a Nov. 21 deadline to provide your information to the IRS using its Non-Filers tool.
The IRS said if you missed the deadline you can request a payment next year:
For individuals who did not receive an Economic Impact Payment or the full amount that they believe they are entitled to, they will be able to claim the additional amount when they file a 2020 tax return in 2021. This will be called the Recovery Rebate Credit.
The IRS said it would provide more details on what action to take as we get closer to the filing deadline in 2021.
What it means if you didn’t file a tax return for 2018 or 2019
If you receive federal benefits including SSI and SSDI as your only form of income, you weren’t required to file a federal income tax return in 2018 or 2019. Under the CARES Act, you were still eligible to receive a stimulus check, and should have received one automatically (no need to file a simple tax return, as the IRS had originally said).
How you can receive your stimulus money
Most SSI and SSDI recipients didn’t receive their first payments via their Direct Express card, though this is usually what the government uses to distribute federal benefits. Instead, the payment arrived through a non-Direct Express bank account or as a paper check if you didn’t have your bank account information on file with the IRS. It’s likely that if a second check is approved it would arrive the same way the first one did, but, as the IRS already has the payment system set up.
How to know if your dependents qualified for the first check
Under the CARES Act, qualified people with dependents age 16 or younger were eligible for up to $500 per dependent. But. The last day to claim your missing payment and receive it this year was . The IRS said if you missed the deadline you can claim the missing payment when you file taxes in 2021.
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When your missing stimulus check could arrive
If your payment didn’t come already and you registered with the Non-Filers tool by Nov. 21, the IRS says you’ll receive the payment by the end of 2020. If you missed the Nov. 21 cutoff, the IRS said you can receive your payment in 2021 when you file your federal tax returns.
To track the status of your payment, use the IRS Get My Payment tool.
When you might get your catch-up money for dependents
If you used the Non-Filers tool from May 5 through Aug. 15, the IRS should have automatically issued the catch-up payment for your dependents in October. If you received your, you should have gotten the catch-up payment the same way. Others should have received it in the mail.
If you file for your missing dependent money by Nov. 21, the payment should arrive by the end of 2020, in the same way that you received your first payment (likely direct deposit or by mail). If you miss the deadline, your check will be included on your 2020 tax return in 2021.
To check the status of your or your dependent’s payment, use the IRS Get My Payment tool to track it. You should also get a notice in the mail letting you know that an additional $500 per qualifying child has been issued.
SSI or SSDI recipients who live outside of the US: What it means for your money
If you are a Social Security beneficiary with a foreign address whose monthly benefit is deposited into a foreign bank account, you’ll receive your stimulus payment as a check in the mail (the IRS doesn’t deposit money into foreign banks). The IRS planned to start sending those checks at the end of July. If you live abroad but receive your monthly benefits through a US bank, you should have received your payment by direct deposit to that account by the end of July as well. Find out.
Again, you can use the Get My Payment tool to track your payment.
For more information, find outand . If you still haven’t gotten a first stimulus check, you can , learn and find possible .