Some Ignored Seniors Will Finally Get Their Stimulus Checks Next Week
Social Security recipients and other Americans who do not normally file a tax return can expect their stimulus payments to be processed this weekend, the Treasury Department announced Tuesday. Many of the payments will be sent electronically and will be in bank accounts by April 7.
Though the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began issuing the third stimulus payments in mid-March, deposits for an estimated 30 million people who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement benefits have been delayed because the Social Security Administration (SSA) lagged in sending the IRS the information it needed.
The IRS received the information last week after a group of lawmakers pressured the SSA to send the necessary information.
“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 agency said in a statement.
Many people in this group will receive their payments electronically, through direct deposit or to their Direct Express card.
The IRS’s Get My Payment tool will be updated once the payments are processed. That won’t be until this weekend for those federal beneficiaries who will get a payment next week.
The agency also said it expects to send stimulus payments to Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiaries by mid-April.
Two weeks ago The Monitor contacted our area congressman's office concerning delayed stimulus payments to non-tax filing seniors. Congressman Timmons' office stated, "You just have to be patient." But those seniors are very concerned as to why they are being pushed to the back of the bus especially after receiving their first two stimulus payments much sooner when President Trump was in office. The Monitor encourages Congressman Timmons' office to contact such utility companies as Duke Energy and tell them they have to be patient! Some seniors will lose electrical service while waiting on their stimulus payments.
This is what the U.S Treasury Department had to say on Tuesday (March 30):
As work continues on issuing millions of Economic Impact Payments to Americans, the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department announced today that they anticipate payments will begin to be issued this weekend to Social Security recipients and other federal beneficiaries who do not normally file a tax return, with the projection that the majority of these payments would be sent electronically and received on April 7.
After receiving data from the Social Security Administration on Thursday, March 25, the IRS began the multi-step process to review, validate, and test tens of millions of records to ensure eligibility and proper calculation of Economic Impact 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. 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 Get My Payment tool is updated for eligible individuals once their payment is processed. The IRS notes that the Get My Payment tool on IRS.gov will not be updated until the weekend of April 3-4 with information for federal beneficiaries expecting payments next week.
The IRS continues to review data received for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit recipients and expects to determine a payment date and provide more details soon. Currently, the IRS estimates that Economic Impact Payments for VA beneficiaries who do not regularly file tax returns could be disbursed by mid-April. VA beneficiary payment information will be available in the Get My Payment tool at a future date.