The Internal Revenue Service projects stimulus payments to non-filer Social Security and other federal beneficiaries will be disbursed later this week
Economic Impact Payments for Social Security recipients and other federal beneficiaries who do not normally file a tax return will begin to be issued this weekend according to an IRS announcement today.
“IRS employees are working tirelessly to once again deliver Economic Impact Payments to the nation’s taxpayers as quickly as possible,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “Our teams immediately began processing data we received last week for federal benefit recipients. We know how important these payments are, and we are doing everything we can to make these payments as fast as possible to these important individuals.”
The IRS said it received the data for these payments from the Social Security Administration on March 25. The IRS then began a review process to validate and test tens of millions of records to ensure eligibility and properly calculate the stimulus payments.
“If no additional issues arise, the IRS currently expects to complete that work and to begin processing these payment files at the end of this week,” the IRS said. “Because the majority of these payments will be disbursed electronically – through direct deposits and payments to existing Direct Express cards – they would be received on the official payment date of April 7.”
Many federal beneficiaries who filed 2019 or 2020 returns or used the Non-Filers tool last year were issued Economic Impact Payments, if eligible, during the last three weeks. “The update today applies to Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) beneficiaries who did not file a 2019 or 2020 tax return or did not use the Non-Filers tool,” the IRS wrote.
Usually No Action Required by Recipients
Most Social Security and other federal beneficiaries eligible for an Economic Impact Payment do not need to take any action to receive a payment. The stimulus payments are automatic, and people will generally receive this third payment the same way they receive their regular benefits.
Check Status of Payments on ‘Get My Payment’ Online Tool
The IRS said the Get My Payment tool on the IRS website will not be updated until the weekend of April 3-4 with information for federal beneficiaries expecting payments next week.
A Note on Veterans Affairs Benefit Recipients
The IRS said it is continuing to review data it received for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit recipients and that stimulus payments for these beneficiaries who do not regularly file tax returns could be sent by mid-April.
Additional information on Economic Impact Payments is available from the IRS here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments