Do Ssdi And Ssi Recipients Have To File A Tax Return
People who receive monthly SSDI or SSI checks who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 are not required to do anything, including filing a simple tax return, unless they have dependents. For those without minor children or other dependents, the IRS will look at Form SSA-1099 benefit statements to get the information it needs to send out the payments automatically.
Parents who have children under 17 or other dependents, who receive monthly SSDI or SSI checks, and who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019, however, might need to file a tax return by May 17, 2021 to claim the “Recovery Rebate Credit” for their minor children or other dependents.
How To Track The Status Of Your Third Stimulus Check
The IRSs Get My Payment tool lets you track your third stimulus check payment. The online portal lets you:
- Check the status of your stimulus payment
- Confirm your payment type and
- Get a projected direct deposit or paper check delivery date .
Payments for Social Security recipients and other federal beneficiaries may have already been reported in the portal as pending or provisional payments. However, the official payment date is today.
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Visit The Get My Payment Website
The first step in getting the status of your stimulus is to visit the Get my Payment portal.
to be taken to the Get My Payment portal.
Once there, click the Get My Payment link as shown below
Step 2 Accept Disclaimer
To accept the disclaimer, click the OK link as shown below.
You cannot proceed without accepting this disclaimer.
New Payments Differ From Earlier Economic Impact Payments
The third round of stimulus payments, those authorized by the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, differs from the earlier payments in several respects:
- The third stimulus payment will be larger for most people. Most families will get $1,400 per person, including all dependents claimed on their tax return. Typically, this means a single person with no dependents will get $1,400, while a family of four will get $5,600.
- Unlike the first two payments, the third stimulus payment is not restricted to children under 17. Eligible families will get a payment based on all of their qualifying dependents claimed on their return, including older relatives like college students, adults with disabilities, parents and grandparents.
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‘payment Status Not Available’
If you are getting “Payment Status Not Available” from the IRS stimulus check tracker — don’t be alarmed.
According to the IRS, if you receive that message it can mean one of three things:
- You are not eligible for the payment.
- The payment has yet to be processed
- The IRS doesn’t have enough information to issue the payment to you
The agency said it will continue to issue the 2021 Economic Impact Payments throughout 2021.
Payment Status Not Available Message
If you aren’t having luck with the Get My Payment tool, keep checking your bank account or Direct Express card, or wait for a letter from the IRS. The IRS will mail you a letter several weeks after the agency deposits your stimulus money or mails your paper check. The letter will tell you how and when the payment was made. If you didn’t receive the money, the letter will tell you how to contact the IRS.
Some disability recipients saw this message when they logged on to the IRS’s Get My Payment tool in January or February: Payment Status #2 – Not Available. The IRS has indicated that these individuals will not receive a stimulus check by direct deposit or mail, and they will have to file a 2020 tax return to claim their Recovery Rebate Credit . See above for instructions on claiming the rebate on your tax return. These messages have now disappeared and will be replaced by information about the third payment.
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Check The Get My Payment Tool
The IRS has uploaded data for your third stimulus payment into a tool on its website called Get My Payment. Some people are still seeing a message that says either the IRS doesn’t have enough information yet or that they aren’t eligible for the payment. If you get this message, it doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t eligible. If your payment status has not been updated yet, it may be updated this coming weekend.
Once your information is updated, you’ll be able to see the date you can expect to receive your stimulus payment, or the date it was deposited or mailed. You should also be able to see whether your money was direct deposited or whether you’ll be receiving the payment by mail.
Democrat Representative Backs Recurring Stimulus Checks
Rep. Ro Khanna, member of the House of Representatives from Californias 17th district, has voiced support for recurring direct payments, arguing that the $1,400 per person recently agreed is not sufficient. The Democrat wants a flat $2,000 sent to eligible households for the next three months to help fund the economic recovery.
He is not the first to make such a suggestion and a group of more than 50 progressive lawmakers signed a letter earlier this year calling for the White House to consider recurring stimulus checks. However it seems unlikely that it would get sufficient support in Congress, considering how much resistance there was to the American Rescue Plan.
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In Case Of Errors Or Questions About Your Card Transactions
How Can I Remove A Pending Transaction From My Direct Express Account
There are several ways you can remove a pending transaction from your Direct Express account.
First, you can call Direct Express customer service and dispute the transaction if you did not authorize it.
However, the fastest way to resolve this issue is to contact the merchant directly.
If theyre able to remove the pending transaction, it should be reflected in your account in about 24 48 hours.
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Latest From Direct Express
On Wednesday, Direct Express said account holders expecting funds can check their pending deposits up to two days before the payment date.
The company tweeted Wednesday: “Expecting a payment? You can check pending deposits 1-2 days prior to payment date. Call the number on the back of your card & select Opt 5.”
Expecting a payment? You can check pending deposits 1-2 days prior to payment date. Call the number on the back of your card & select Opt 5.
Direct Express® card
Only current Direct Express cardholders are able to receive their third stimulus payment on their cards. Those who currently don’t have a Direct Express card cannot sign up for one now in order to receive their stimulus funds, the company stated on March 23.
Stimulus payments sent to an account that is closed or no longer active “will be returned and the IRS will reissue the payment,” the company added.
Direct Express Pending Deposit
What time does Direct Express show pending deposits?
You should expect the payment to post at Midnight on your payment date. For example, if your payment date is the 1st of the month, you should expect the deposit at midnight on the 31st.
How do I check the balance on my Direct Express card?
You can obtain balance information at no cost by calling the Direct Express® card toll-free Customer Service Department number on the back of your card, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1 741-1115 . You can view your account information at www.USDirectExpress.com or on the Direct Express® Mobile App.
Will I get my stimulus check on my Direct Express?
Federal benefits are usually distributed via Direct Express card accounts and most recipients will generally get their stimulus funds in the same way that they receive their regular benefits.
Why Did I Get An Extra Payment From Social Security This Month
The extra payment compensates those Social Security beneficiaries who were affected by the error for any shortfall they experienced between January 2000 and July 2001, when the payments will be made. Who was affected by the mistake? The mistake affected people who were eligible for Social Security before January 2000.
Key Stimulus Payment Dates As Deadline Set For Social Security Recipients
More stimulus payments are being sent out under the American Rescue Plan.
The federal government began processing a third round of economic impact payments in late March, the Internal Revenue Service said ahead of the Easter weekend.
Individuals earning less than $75,000 are eligible for the full $1,400 payments. Those earning between $75,000 and $80,000 get smaller payments, and they cut out completely for those earning upwards of $80,000.
This week, the agency said more than 130 million payments worth around $335 billion have been sent out so far.
However, there was a delay in payments for Social Security recipients and other federal beneficiaries who did not file a 2019 or 2020 tax return or did not use the tool made available on IRS website for non-filers.
- Stimulus bill passed Congress | March 10
- Stimulus bill signed into law | March 11
- First direct deposit sent | March 12 , March 17
- First paper checks sent | Week of March 15
- First EIP cards sent | Week of March 22 possible
- SSI and SSDI checks sent | Not yet announced
- IRS deadline to finish sending checks | Dec. 31, 2021
- Last date to receive a check | January 2022
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What Should I Do If I See A Payment Status Not Available Message
The Get My Payment portal may give you a message that says Payment Status Not Available until the payment is scheduled to be issued, so you dont need to do anything until it is updated.
However, if it is a legitimate message of error the IRS FAQ page offers a few possible reasons you might be seeing that message after you enter your information:
- You might not be eligible for a payment.
- Your payment might not yet have been processed .
- The IRS doesnt have enough information to issue you a payment.
Why Is My Federal Benefits In Pending Status
Your federal benefits payment , as always available to you on the payment date.
See the Social Security payment calendar here.
Also, see the Disability payment calendar here.
Typically, a day or two before your benefits payment date, the bank receives information from the government about your payment.
The payment file from the government will include the following:
At this stage, the bank places the payment in pending status.
The bank will then verify the payment to make sure everything is OK, before releasing the money to
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What If I Don’t Receive My Direct Deposit
Anyone who doesn’t receive their direct deposit payments are advised to look out for either a check or a debit card in the mail.
The IRS says: “To speed delivery of the payments to reach as many people as soon as possible, some payments will be sent in the mail as a debit card. The form of payment for the third stimulus payment may differ from the first two.”
Those expecting to receive stimulus funds can check the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool at the IRS website, which is being updated on a regular basis.
How Do I Check The Status Of My Stimulus With The Irs
You can use the IRS Get My Payment tool to check the status of your stimulus payment.
The tool is available at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment as shown below.
To use the tool, youll need to enter your full Social Security number or tax ID number, date of birth, street address, and ZIP code.
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Can Direct Express Release A Pending Deposit Early
Unfortunately, no. If your benefit payment date has not passed, then you have to wait for your payment date to get access to your funds.
However, if your payment date has come and gone and your deposit is still in pending status, contact customer service.
They can tell you why the deposit is still in pending status and whether it can be be released.
How Does Direct Express Work
The Direct Express program is used by around 4.5 million Americans, the majority of whom do not have a bank account, according to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service.
Federal benefits are “automatically deposited directly into your card account each month on your payment day,” Benefits.gov explains.
“No bank account or credit check is required to enroll. There are no sign-up fees or monthly account fees. Many card services are free,” the government website adds.
Direct Express card holders can use their cards to make purchases at stores that accept Debit MasterCard, pay their bills, purchase money orders from the U.S. Postal Office and withdraw cash from ATMs or “financial institutions that display the MasterCard acceptance mark,” according to Benefits.gov.
For third stimulus payments, Direct Express card holders will receive one free ATM withdrawal in addition to the free withdrawal for each benefit payment deposit the user receives, Direct Express says.
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How Would The Irs Get My Banking Details For The Third Stimulus
If you are wondering how the IRS is going to get your bank information to send your third stimulus by direct deposit, heres what you need to know:
The IRS has several ways to find your banking information:
First, if you filed a tax return in 2019 or 2020 and received a refund by direct deposit, then the IRS may send your stimulus check to that account.
Also, if you already filed your tax forms this year and provided the IRS with your banking information, they will use that information.
Furthermore, if you registered your banking information for the first stimulus check through the IRS Get My Payment online tool, then the IRS may send your stimulus using that information.
Additionally, the IRS can get your bank information through another federal agency that issues benefits to you, such as Social Security Administration, Veteran Affairs, or Railroad Retirement Board.
Im not a Direct Express cardholder. Can I sign up for Direct Express to receive my Stimulus Payment?
Unfortunately, the answer is No. Only current Direct Express cardholders are eligible to receive the $1,400 stimulus payment on their card.
However, if you would like to sign up for the Direct Express card to receive your Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Veterans, Railroad Retirement, or other federal benefits electronically, heres what you need to do:
You can enroll by calling 1-800-333-1795 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET or by contacting your benefit-paying agency.
Payment Status Not Available Or Need More Information
Some will get a message that says Payment Status Not Available.
If you get this message, either we have not yet processed your payment, or you are not eligible for a payment, the IRS said. We will continue to send the 2021 Economic Impact Payment to eligible individuals throughout 2021.
And others will get a Need More Information message when using the tool if the payment was returned to the IRS because the post office was unable to deliver it for another reason.
If your address has changed the IRS says the easiest way to update is to file your 2020 tax return with your current address, if you havent already done so. Once we receive your current address, we will reissue your payment.
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