Do I Need to Sign Up to Get a Check?
Most people on Social Security will automatically get payments and don’t need to do anything. However, you may still need to sign up or file taxes if one of these things are true:
- You have children under 17 or
- You first started receiving Social Security after January 1, 2020.
I Need to Sign Up! Where Do I Sign Up?
If you’ve already filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you don’t need to do anything else. Your stimulus check will come automatically.
If not, go here: Three Places to Sign Up For Stimulus Checks
What if My Child is Under 17 and On Social Security?
Does not matter. You need to either sign up or file taxes or the child won’t get a payment.
What if My Child is 17 or 18?
Look here: Stimulus Checks Tips for Parents
What if My Child is an Adult and a Dependent?
Where Will I Get My Check?
If you filed taxes or signed up, it the check will go directly to whatever bank account information you listed.
If you are on Social Security, the check will go to wherever you get your usual Social Security check (bank or direct express card).
If the IRS and Social Security don’t have bank information for you, they will mail you a paper check.
Why Does the IRS Tool Say It’s Not for People on Social Security?
Some places on the IRS site makes it sound as if you should not use their sign-up tool if you are on Social Security. Ignore this. Social Security and the IRS both make it clear: if you have kids, you should sign up.
🧡 The fastest and easiest way to get your stimulus check is to have a bank account. If you’ve been been turned down when you tried to open a bank account, you might try one of these second chance banks.
🧡 If you don’t have a bank account, you will be mailed a paper check. It may take longer.
🧡 If you receive your Social Security on a DirectExpress card, will your stimulus payment be sent there? Answer from Social Security: “Beneficiaries will receive these payments by direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their Social Security benefits.” As you can see, the answer isn’t very clear. Stay tuned.
Tips for Parents
Tips for parents, including parents with kids who are 17 or 18, parents of young children, and parents of adult disabled children: Stimulus Checks Tips for Parents
🧡 For people with children under age 17: Is it too late to sign up your kids to get stimulus payments? Maybe. Maybe not. If you are on some form of Social Security payments, and you did not file taxes, it may be too late this year: Is it Too Late To Sign Up My Kids For Stimulus Payments?
🧡 Many readers are writing to ask what happens if they have a representative payee for their disability check. The answer is: Nothing. Having a payee has no impact on stimulus checks. All that matters if whether or not you were claimed as a dependent on taxes or on stimulus sign up forms. Stimulus Checks for Adults Who are Dependents
🧡 For people with payees, where does your stimulus check go? If you signed up using the IRS tool, your check will go to whatever bank account you listed, or if you didn’t list one, you’ll be mailed a paper check. If you didn’t sign up, then your check will go to wherever your Social Security payment usually goes.
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Being homebound is nothing new to us. Many of us have been homebound or bedridden for five, or ten, or twenty years.
There is now a great deal of support, understanding, and help available to people staying home during Coronavirus, but none of this was available to us all these years, and when Coronavirus is over, it may go away again.
As you go about your day, please take a moment to think about your homebound friends. You may be able to go back out someday, but we may never be able to.