By Jim Bea Sampaga
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the US Department of Treasury in early May.
According to a press release from the Social Security Administration (SSA), people who receive SSI benefits and did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, should immediately go to the IRS website to provide their bank information to receive the $1,200 individual stimulus check.
In addition to the stimulus check, they will also receive an additional $500 for each qualifying child under age 17. They need to file by Tuesday, May 5, in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly.
To apply, they will enter their name, address, Social Security Number (SSN), bank information, driver’s license or state-issued ID, and their qualifying child’s name and SSN on the Non-Filers: Enter Your Information section on irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-your-payment-info-here.
“I urge SSI recipients with qualifying children and who do not normally file taxes to take action now,” wrote Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul in a press release.
“So that you will receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you and your family are eligible for.”
The SSA are also advising the public to be aware of scams related to the Economic Impact Payments.
“There is no fee required to receive these payments. Don’t be fooled,” said Saul.
To enter your information in order to receive the stimulus check, go to irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-your-payment-info-here. For important COVID-19 SSA information and updates, visit socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus.