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DeFazio Applauds Response to Calls for Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments to Supplemental Security Income Recipients

Apr 15, 2020
Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio today applauded the Treasury Department and Social Security Administration’s response to calls for automatic COVID-19 economic impact payments to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.

“Denying automatic economic impact payments to SSI beneficiaries would have been tantamount to withholding urgently-needed funding to our nation’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Rep. DeFazio. “After the 2008 financial crisis, millions of SSI beneficiaries, Social Security beneficiaries, and veterans did not receive a stimulus check because of bureaucratic red tape.  I applaud the Social Security Administration and Treasury Department for reversing their wrong-headed decision and automatically providing greater economic stability for these beneficiaries. I will also continue pushing the administration to extend these automatic payment to non-filing veterans as soon as possible.”

As part of the economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the IRS will automatically send economic impact payments to eligible taxpayers who filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return. However, many Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries, veterans who receive pensions, and Social Security beneficiaries, including retired seniors and individuals who experience disabilities, typically do not file tax returns, because they often do not owe taxes.

DeFazio led more than 120 lawmakers in urging the Trump Administration to automatically send payments to automatically send payments to SSI beneficiaries and veterans receiving pensions.

SSI recipients with no qualifying children do not need to take any action in order to receive their $1,200 economic impact payment. The payments will be automatic.

SSI recipients who have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should now go to the IRS’s webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and visit 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.

Economic Impact Payments will not be considered as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months.