Due to the passage of the CARES Act to help mitigate the economic effects of the COVID-19 virus, SSI recipients are eligible to receive payments of $1,200 per adult and $500 per dependent child.

If an SSI recipient has no dependent children, no additional action is required to receive their money.

If recipients do have dependent children, then they need to file an abbreviated return with the IRS to receive the $500 payments per dependent child. In order to fill out the return, applicants will need the following information:

1. Full names and Social Security numbers of the applicant, their spouse (if applicable), and their dependent children
2. Mailing address
3. Bank account information including account type and routing numbers

The abbreviated return is available on the IRS website at IRS.gov at the “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” button by clicking on the following link: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

The payments should arrive through the same method as SSI recipients receive their normal SSI payments. Individuals who receive their SSI payments through direct deposit may have already received their stimulus payments, but if not, individuals should receive their money soon. Recipients who receive their SSI payments through other means should receive their stimulus payments over the next few weeks with payments arriving no later than the middle of May.

The good news for SSI recipients is that the stimulus payments will not count as income that affects eligibility for means-tested government benefits for twelve months.

For any questions about applying for stimulus payments for SSI recipients or SSI benefits in general, please call Martha C. Brown & Associates at (314) 962-0186.