As the IRS delays the latest tax filing date to May 17 it continues to hand out the 1,400 dollar stimulus check to families with a direct deposit on file, but this doesn’t apply to recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. If you are a recipient of either one of the benefits you may not receive your check during the first wave.
The new eligibility criteria that apply to the third wave of stimulus payments could assist you in obtaining a bigger check this time around. If you stopped or started receiving SSI or SSDI in 2019 or 2020, your situation could become complicated now that it’s tax season.
SSI and SSDI: The third stimulus payment eligibility requirements
As with the previous two rounds of stimulus checks, people who receive SSI and SSDI will once again automatically qualify to receive a third stimulus check, for 1,400 dollars.
For the first two rounds, those individuals were eligible so long as they had 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. The new bill that authorized the third check expands stimulus payment eligibility to dependents of all ages. It also increases the amount set aside for those dependents to 1,400 dollars each. Those receiving Railroad Retirement and Veterans Affairs benefits also automatically qualify for a payment, as they did in the first and second round, the IRS said.
How will my third stimulus payment be delivered to me?
Most SSI and SSDI recipients received their first payment 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.
For the second round of payments, the IRS said that SSI and SSDI recipients should have gotten their stimulus check money the same way they received their first stimulus checks. People who received the first round of payments via Direct Express should have received the second payment the same way, according to the IRS.
However, with the third check, the IRS said Social Security and other federal beneficiaries will likely receive the new payment the same way as their usual benefits, noting it will announce a payment date for this group shortly.
How to claim missing stimulus money for your dependents
If you used the IRS‘ Non-Filers tool from May 5 through Aug. 15 of 2020, the IRS should’ve automatically issued the catch-up payment for your dependents in October 2020. If you received your original stimulus money by direct deposit, you should’ve gotten the catch-up payment the same way.
If you filed for your missing dependent money by Nov. 21, 2020, the payment should have arrived by the end of 2020 in the same way you received your first payment (likely direct deposit or by mail). If you missed the deadline, your check should be included on your 2020 tax return in 2021, if you file for a Recovery Rebate Credit.
To check the status of your or your dependent’s payment for the first or second payment, you can check your IRS account.
If you’re an SSI or SSDI recipient who doesn’t reside in the US, here’s what you need to know
If you’re a Social Security beneficiary with a foreign address whose monthly benefit is deposited in a foreign bank account, you should receive your third stimulus payment as a check in the mail. (The IRS doesn’t usually deposit money into foreign banks.)
If you live abroad but receive your monthly benefits through a US bank, you should have received your first two payments by direct deposit to that account. If you still haven’t gotten your money, it will have to be claimed as part of a tax return. Find out everything you need to know about stimulus checks, citizenship and living abroad here.