After some misinformation and confusion, the federal government has clarified how Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive their Stimulus Payment. For most, NO ACTION IS REQUIRED AS PAYMENTS WILL BE AUTOMATIC.
The IRS will use the information that the Social Security Administration has on file to distribute the benefit. If your consumer receives their SSI payment by direct deposit, that’s how they will get their Stimulus Check. If they receive their SSI check in the mail, their benefit will also be mailed.
SSI-recipients who have qualifying children under the age 17, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should visit the 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.
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. We have spoken to some Providers who are already seeing automatic direct deposits of the consumer’s Stimulus Payment.