Social Security Disability and Stimulus Check FAQs
Many people who are collecting Social Security Disability have questions about if and when they will receive a second stimulus check. Other SSDI recipients may never have received their first stimulus check.
In this article the experienced Orange County Social Security Disability attorneys at Cantrell Green answer some of our SSD recipients’ frequently asked questions about the second stimulus check – as well as how to make a claim for last year’s stimulus payment if you did not receive one.
Are Social Security Disability Recipients eligible for stimulus checks (payments)?
Yes, people in both the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) programs are typically eligible to receive the first and second stimulus check. The IRS has stated that these recipients should automatically qualify to receive the second stimulus check, with very few exceptions.
To receive a stimulus check you must have a Social Security number and you cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return. Also, your household income must not be greater than the following thresholds: $75,000 single; $112,500 head of household; or $150,000 married.
How much will I get in my second stimulus check if I am receiving Social Security Disability?
In December new stimulus payments in the amount of $600 were signed into law.
In December there was also a lot of talk by congress-people of $2,000 payments. But those are not happening, as of January 1, 2020 – because the last Senate didn’t vote on any bill to replace the $600 stimulus check with a $2,000 payment. A new Senate and House will be sworn in Jan. 3 – so there is still a possibility that a third stimulus check will happen in early 2021.
When will I get in my second stimulus check?
Just a few days after the new stimulus checks were signed into law, the IRS and US Treasury Department began making payments through direct deposit, paper check and EIP card. Some people have already received theirs, while many have not. These payments will continue through Jan. 15, 2020.
The IRS website states that SSI and SSDI recipients should expect to get their stimulus check money the same way they receive their first stimulus checks, but faster, since the payment system is already in place.
Do I have to do anything to get my new stimulus payment?
According to the IRS, individuals who receive Social Security Disability, Social Security Retirement, and Supplemental Security Income should automatically receive stimulus payments.
If you receive SSI or SSDI benefits as your only form of income, you are not required to file a federal income tax return in 2018 or 2019 to receive a stimulus check.
I receive Social Security Disability but I never got my first stimulus check. What do I do?
If you receive SSDI but didn’t get the first check, the reason you didn’t receive your stimulus payment may be that the IRS may still need more information about your eligibility. While the official deadline to file a claim for the first stimulus check has passed, it’s not too late to receive your payment.
To receive your stimulus money from the first round, you will need to claim the additional amount when you file your 2020 federal taxes, using the new “Recovery Rebate Credit”. The IRS is expected to release more details on the specific action to take as it gets closer to the April 15, 2021 tax filing deadline.
How do I check on my second stimulus payment if I haven’t received it?
To check the status of your or your second stimulus payment, or to register your information with the IRS, you can use the IRS’ online stimulus “Get My Payment” tracking tool.
Long Beach Social Security Disability Attorneys
If you or a loved one is unable to work due to a disabling injury, medical condition or disease our skilled and experienced Social Security Disability Attorneys are here to help you get the maximum SSDDI benefits for which you qualify.
The Law Office of Cantrell Green is a group of highly qualified and experienced disability attorneys who have obtained millions of dollars in Social Security Disability benefits for thousands of clients in Long Beach, Orange County and the greater Los Angeles. Our attorneys care about every client, and fight tirelessly to obtain the benefits you deserve.