The Disabled Person’s Guide to Stimulus Checks

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What’s on This Page

  • Latest News
  • Do I Need to Sign Up?
  • Will People on Disability Get Checks?
  • Will People Applying for Disability Get Checks?
  • Will People with No Income Get Checks?
  • When Will I Get My Check?
  • How Much Will the Checks Be?
  • Where Will I Get My Check?
  • How Do I Get a Check for My Child?
  • Will the Check Impact HUD and Section 8?
  • Will the Check Impact Food Stamps, SSI and Medicaid?
  • What if I Don’t Have a Bank Account?
  • What Happens If I Owe Child Support?
  • What if I Owe Taxes?
  • What if I Owe Money to Social Security?
  • What if Someone Owes Me Child Support?
  • Can Debt Collectors Take My Check?
  • Where Can I Find Accurate, Reliable Intel?

Latest News, May 6

🧡 Stimulus payments have started arriving and it is a giant mess! Most common problems reported by our readers:

– getting no check
– getting a check for adults, but child’s payment missing
– check’s being sent to wrong bank accounts

🧡 If you didn’t get a check, don’t panic. Some checks are still being mailed out. Your check may still be coming.

🧡 For other problems: The treasury department has not yet released information on how to resolve other problems. Stay tuned: Why Didn’t I Get a Stimulus Check? When Will It Come?

🧡 Some people on Social Security have gotten their stimulus checks. Some have not gotten them yet.

🧡 Below is all information currently available. Things could change. We are continually updating this page. Please check back. For more updates, you can also join our Facebook Page.

Who Will Get a Check?

  • If your income is less than $75,000 per year, you are eligible
  • More than $75,000, your check will be lowered or eliminated
  • You must have a Social Security number
  • If you are over age 16, you cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s taxes. There are a few exceptions for 17 and 18 year olds and adults.

How Much Will the Checks be For?

  • $1,200 for adults
  • $500 for children age 16 and under

When Will My Check Come?

Checks are going out in batches. The timing of your check depends on a few different factors: When Will My Check Come?

IRS has created a page where you can track your check: Get My Payment

The tool does not work for everyone. It only works for people who either filed taxes or signed up for a check. However, it also does not work for some of those people. Don’t worry if you get a message that information is not available. This is common.

What Do I Do If There’s a Problem? 

🧡 Stimulus payments have started arriving and it is a giant mess! Most common problems reported by our readers:

  • getting no check
  • getting a check for adults, but child’s payment missing
  • getting messages that checks will be sent by mail, but then receiving them by direct deposit
  • check’s being sent to wrong bank accounts

🧡 Stay tuned. The treasury department has not yet released information on how to resolve these problems. In some cases, there is no problem, your check just hasn’t been sent yet: Why Didn’t I Get a Stimulus Check? When Will It Come?

🧡 If you are having problems, CNN has suggested to handle it this way: “The IRS will send a confirmation letter via mail within 15 days. This letter will explain the amount of your stimulus check and how to report any issues with the payment. You can use that information when the letter comes to report any discrepancies.”

🧡 Note: The IRS is sending out letters by mail. Not by email, text or phone call. If you receive an email text or phone call, it may be a scam.

Why Didn’t My Child Get a Check?

Many people are reporting that they received checks, but child’s payment was missing. Learn more: Why Didn’t My Child Get a Check?

Will People on Disability Get Checks?  

Yes. If you meet the criteria listed above, you are eligible. Some people on Social Security will need to sign up. Some won’t. See details below.

Will People Applying for Disability Get Checks?  

Yes. If you meet the criteria listed above, you are eligible. If you did not file taxes in 2018 or 2019, you will need to sign up: Three Places to Sign Up

Will People with No Income Get Checks?  

Yes. If you meet the criteria listed above, you are eligible. If you did not file taxes in 2018 or 2019, you will need to sign up: Three Places to Sign Up

What Happens to Dependents? 

A dependent is anyone who is claimed as a dependent on someone else’s taxes.

  • In most cases, dependents under age 17 will get $500
  • In most cases, dependents age 17+ will get $0

There are some exceptions!

I’m On Social Security. Do I Need to Sign Up?

Most people on Social Security will automatically get payments and don’t need to do anything. However, you may still need to sign up if one of these things are true:

  • You have children under 17 or
  • You first started receiving Social Security after January 1, 2020.

Learn more:

What if I Already Mailed in a 2019 Tax Return?

The IRS has stopped processing paper tax returns. If you filed on paper in 2019, they will use your 2018 return instead. Another option is to file taxes electronically, or to sign up for a stimulus check: Three Places to Sign Up For Stimulus Checks

What Happens if I Owe Child Support?

If you owe past due child support, in some cases, your check may be used for the child support. See details below.

What if I Owe Taxes?

If you owe taxes, this has no impact on your check. In addition, if you are disabled, you might find something on this page helpful: How to Get Tax Breaks for Disabilities

What if I Owe Student Loans?

If you owe student loans, this has no impact on your check. In addition, you might find something on this page helpful: Help with Student Loans in the Time of Coronavirus

Will the Stimulus Check Impact HUD, Vouchers, and Section 8?

No. One-time lump sum payments never count as income for HUD. What Counts in HUD Housing

Will the Stimulus Check Impact Other Benefits?

No. The stimulus checks are being structured as tax refunds (even if you paid no taxes). Tax refunds do not count against food stamps, SNAP, CalFresh, Medicaid, TANF, SSI, healthcare marketplace credits, and most other government programs.

The stimulus check also will not count if it makes your bank account too high (it doesn’t count for 12 months).

Want official confirmation? Look here: Congressional Research Services Summary and 26 U.S. Code § 6409 and Fact Sheet from House Committee on Ways and Means

Which Tax Return Will They Use?

Treasury Department previously stated that checks would be based on 2019 tax returns, and only use 2018 if 2019 was not filed. Reader’s report that this is not true, and they are using the 2018 first for some people.

Which tax return they use can be significant for parents. It can impact whether your child gets a check if your child is now 17 or 18. It can also impact which parent receives the check, if parents are divorced or file separately. Stimulus Checks Tips for Parents

Bank Accounts

IRS has created a page where you can track your check: Get My Payment.

The tool does not work for everyone. If it works for you, you can use this tool to add a bank account (or check to make sure your check is going to the bank account where you want it to go).

Reader’s tip: If using the new IRS tool to change your bank account number, they site may accept your bank number if you choose “savings” instead of “checking.”

“I Don’t Have a Bank Account”

For people on Social Security: The payment will go wherever your normal Social Security check goes (Direct Express card, or to your representative payee’s account)

Not on Social Security: You will be mailed a paper check. It may take longer to get your check.

Need a bank? 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.

Can Debt Collectors Take Your Check?

🧡 If your stimulus check goes into a bank account where you owe the bank money, the bank may be able to automatically take your check. Read more.

🧡 You may wish to use a bank account that debt collectors don’t have access to. Or to take the money out of the account if there is time (if you owe money to the bank, it may be immediate).

🧡 Unlike Social Security payments, stimulus checks are not protected from debt collectors. Learn more about How to Deal with Debt & Disability

Where Will I Get My Check? Bank Account? Direct Express Card?

If your check is sent through Social Security, it will go wherever your normal social security payment goes (bank or Direct Express Card).

If you filed taxes or signed up for a stimulus check, it will go to whatever bank information you listed. If you listed no bank, you will get a paper check.

Where Can I Learn More About Adult Dependents?

Updates for adults who are dependents. Information on: Adults On Social Security, Parents Who Have Guardianship, Parents Who are Caregivers, People with Representative Payees, and People Collecting Social Security through a Parent. Stimulus Checks for Adults Who are Dependents

What if I’m On Social Security and have a Representative Payee? 

🧡 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.

🧡 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. Learn more about representative payees, and how to avoid them or change them: How to Avoid Getting a Representative Payee

Where Can I Learn More for Parents?

Here’s where you can find info for:

  • Parents with kids under 17
  • Parents on Social Security
  • Kids on Social Security
  • Kids who recently turned 17 or 18
  • Parents who owe child support
  • Parents who are owed child support
  • Getting a paycheck while home with your kids
  • Tip for Parents of disabled adult children
  • Tips for parent providers

Stimulus Checks Tips for Parents

Where Can I Find Reliable Info?

Many news sources are continuing to print misleading or inaccurate information about the stimulus checks. Here’s where you can find accurate reliable info: Democrat’s Statement on Cash payments to Americans and this IRS page and this Fact Sheet from House Committee on Ways and Means. And Social Security Announcement about Stimulus Checks.

In the documents above, it’s important to keep in mind that any reference to “Social Security Disability Income” or “Social Security Benefits” does not include SSI. That is referring to SSDI or other forms of Social Security only.

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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.

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347 thoughts on “The Disabled Person’s Guide to Stimulus Checks”

  1. i have been on disability for years.i am 46 years old. i receive $8,568 dollars a month (not counting medicare insurance). i’m not claimed on any ones tax and i am eligible for a stimulus payment. it is June the 27th and i have not yet received my stimulus check or direct deposit. all my bank information is already in the system since i have been on disability for well over 5 years. why haven’t i received my check? will it be in soon? why was it not direct deposited into my account back in march or April? where is my money?

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  2. Can someone help me I am on SSDI and I have direct deposit at the same bank for over 20 years and I never received my stimulus check!

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  3. Curtis Russell, I’m on SSDI, I’m wondering how come I didn’t receive my stimulus check yet, I filed a non-filer out, even though I didn’t need to, but I still haven’t gotten paid yet, is it something I’ve done?

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  4. Too confusing. My son is getting ssi and is drawing off my ssdi. I am his representative payee. Does he get a stimulus check?

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  5. I am so confused??!! My husband is on ssd and draws his check dd on 3rd each month. I am his payee representative and do not work.. I don’t know if I need to use the non filers tool to apply for myself to get my stimulus check? it is confusing cause the rules say Do NOT continue here if: You were married at the end of 2019 and are not submitting information here with your spouse… do I add my husband or not? it is so confusing I don’t want to mess his check up by trying to get mine.. any help?

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  6. Hello. I collect ssi but it is under my father’s ss number. Sometimes there is confusion when they look my info up for social services because I collect under my dad’s number. Will I receive the payment or will my father? When will I receive it?

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  7. I am also a payee for someone and his social security is in my name under my social security number. So how does this work? I filed for myself and my son under the non filers and was accepted. I got a check in the mail yesterday may 4th but it was for only 1200. I don’t know if that is my finances cause I am his payee or if it is mine but if it’s mine then why didn’t I get the full 1700 cause I added my 3 year old son. This is so confusing and we have no one to talk to about this. Will his check come under my name because I am his payee or will it come under his name? He also gets his check on a direct express debit card and when i filled the non filers form I added my debit card information. Any help??

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    1. Been on Social Security Disability for over 40 years Im a 100% Service Connected Army Veteran for over 40 years what is the hold up for the $1200.00 Stimulas payment my Country promised?

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    2. I’ve been on ssdi since May 2019 and I also worked part-time earning an extra $10k. I received a $1200 stimulous deposit in April.
      Question: Will I recieve another $1200 stimulous deposit because I am on SSDI?

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  8. i pull from my mums disability with adult child benefits simply because when i applies ssa stated that that was an option and to use it for my own ssdi . i have my own place . have yet to receive my stimulus . .says payment unavailable . . is it going to even happen

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    1. I’m on ssdi and I work parttime and o get a stimulus check for 1200 will I get another one pls let me know thank you

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    2. I am also wondering this. My son is an adult disabled child. When his dad retired he was forced off of disability and now collects regular SSI. I am also the rep payee for him. I have been paid, 2 weeks ago. His fiance was paid weeks ago and his father just on May 1 now gets message that his check was MAILED ( why? He has direct deposit for SSI every month) but nothing on my son. No place to get help. He lives on less than $800 a month with two babies!
      He needed this money and we all do, and a hell of a lot more, we go to jail if we don’t pay our taxes. Taxes that are to be used to PROTECT THE CITIZENS. We need to get paid monthly or weekly until it is 100 percent safe to congregate. This can only be done but stimulus and moratoriums on rent, mortgage, debt of any kind and utilities in addition to a stimulus. Not opening back up to kill tens of thousands if not more.
      So where the f#$k is my sons money?

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  9. i pull from my mums disability with adult child benefits simply because when i applies ssa stated that that was an option and to use it for my own ssdi . i have my own place . have yet to receive my stimulus . .says payment unavailable . . is it going to even happen

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    1. I am on SSI and have a rep payee. They are not legal guardians. Apparently the check goes to them but they are continuing to give me mixed messages as to “What Social Security wants me to do with the check”, etc. etc., I don’t even know if they will get in touch with me or when. I know that they cannot keep it. I started a checking account and I want it to go there. I am getting nervous. Can anyone comment on this? They do not like to return calls! Thanks so much.

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  10. I am On SSDI I filled out a non fillers return even though I may not have had to. I keep getting a My information does not match what the IRS has on file. I have not received the 1200 yet. What is going on?

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  11. I have a 17 yr old (will be 18 in July) disabled child. I am unable to work because of her issues and never file, we survive off her social security and child support. I received the $1200. Can she get any money? When I filed for the non filers I did put her as a dependent. If I complete a non filer for her, they have no way to know she’s disabled. Do you think social security will send her money?

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    1. So you’re are a payee and you received 1200? I’m wondering because I’m a payee for my two boys who are deaf but haven’t received anything…

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      1. My records show I owe child support but the amount owed shows it is 0.00. because I actually owe nothing but it still comes up like I do. Will they automatically keep my payment because it does show that u owe it will they look and see it shows the amount owed as zero?

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    2. I am in the same situation that you are I got my $1200 but I did not receive any money for my daughter she is 17 and she receives her fathers survivors benefits

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  12. My ex owes back child support . He is on SSDI i was wondering will i get his stimulus check! he only paid like 700 dollars for the life of my 2 sons so he owes a lot! So i was wondering if he would get it or would i get it

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  13. My son is 26 years old, he is Autistic and receives Social Security Disability. On 2018 years taxes I claimed him as a dependent. Will he receive a $1200.00 stimulus check? If he will not can I remove him from my dependents for the 2019 filing and would that then allow him to recieve a check?

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      1. Hi! I filed taxes and my daughter receives survivor Benefits. Will she receive a check because of her survivor benefits

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    1. I receive Social Security Disability in the 3rd of each month. I know a few other people that gets Social Security also. When they check their Get my Payment status, it gave them a DD date of today 4/29. They also received payment this morning. When I check my status, I get Status Unavailable. Also no DD in the account where my SSD payment comes every month. I do not file taxes. Is it possible everybody didn’t get theirs today?

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  14. sleepygirl – I draw Social Security Survivor benefits from my deceased father’s Social Security earnings record since I’m an Disabled Adult Child. Will I get a stimulus check?

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  15. While the stimulous won’t count as income for HUD my local office will require a letter of verification of how much I received dated this Dec 2020 or they will not process my recertification and I will go homeless. Where will I get such a letter?

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      1. It would have to be on my bank statement in this coming December or January and I’ll probably get it well before then. HUD is bound by regulations at recertification time concerning dates of verifications. They cannot accept, say, a bank statement dated in May, should I get it then. Thanks for your reply though.

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          1. I filed my 19 taxes just like the government said that those on SSDI had to before they reversed the decision and said those on SSDI don’t have to file taxes and I still have not received my stimulus check

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  16. I am on ssd and have been over 15yrs and have a direct express card. My income is less than $10,000 on ssd. I have no other income. Also I haven’t filed taxes for yrs. Why have I not received my stimulus money yet?

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  17. Whoever runs this website/guide deserves major kudos. This is by far the most helpful and competent resource for the disabled regarding the stimulus, and at a time when the concerns of the disabled seem to be largely neglected. Thank you.

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  18. After my 70 year old older sister (retired, SSI income only- no pensions/retirement funds) suffered a major medical event in Oct 2019 and became physically and mentally incompetent, I was court appointed to be her legal guardian of both her “estate” (no REAL estate) and personal assets. We shared an apartment together before this tragedy occurred and she is still listed on the lease until this coming October. I went through hell jumping through all of Medicaid’s hoops since Dec 2019 and she was FINALLY approved this past month. Am I obligated to turn her stimulus check over to Medicaid to supplement her care at the nursing home or will I be able to use it toward bills to repair her vehicle in hopes of getting it sold. It hasn’t run since before she became ill. I can’t afford to fix the car on my own and since I have full and absolute control of her bank account, I am thinking I will just deposit her check into my account and get he car fixed. Whatever’s left over I can transfer.

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    1. How can you cash a check that is not your’s? I have a homeless son in LA. He has no phone, no address, nothing. He filed taxes in 2018, his stimulus check should come to my address, but I’m trying to figure out how to get it to him. He doesn’t even have any ID. He’s lost it a dozen times. I’m thinking I may have to just return the check to the IRS. No way would I, or could I, cash it. That’s fraud. I wonder how long the check is valid. I’m hoping he’ll come home some day.

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  19. Hello my brother is on Disability and gets a rent rebate credit each year from Minnesota IRS. Is that considered the same as filed a tax return or does he need to sign up for the stimulas check? Thanks so much

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  20. My son is 18. He gets SSI only now that he is 18. He got a small amount off my SSA and got a 1099 SSA. We did not claim him as he does not live here. We are his payee. Does he need to fill out paperwork

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          1. My son of 13 yrs old on SSI recieves monthly payments direct deposit to my bank account and I his mom also receive benefits for.disability. will my son get a stimulus check or do I have register on non filers for $500.00 for dependent child??? Please reply

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        1. I’m just trying to find out some information. I don’t know who to ask. My husband receives social security disability is disability goes on his direct Express card but the card is in my name because I’m his Rep payee. He’s been on disability for years he just got locked up October of last year and his disability still continues I still receive his check every month I just wanted to know if he will get a stimulus check and if he does will it come on his direct Express card or come and a paper check in the mail does anybody know the answer to this please cuz I’m confused. Thank you.

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          1. I don’t know the answer for stimulus payments, but unfortunately I don’t think he can still collect social security while in jail.

            If you are his payee, it would be best to contact social security and let them know he is in jail. You may owe some money back. It might be a good idea for you to contact your local free legal aide program for help with this situation.

            When he is released, he can reapply for social security. https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10133.pdf

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          2. You will owe. Whenever someone 8s incarcerated or hospitalized. Ssi is thw 30th day. Ssdi i heard 90th day not really sure about ssdi. But it is supposed to be turned back into social security. And if a person dies you have to turn it back in. Even if they have bills in their name. I know. Better safe than sorry. Just know people who have been in these situations. They overpaid and underpaid me and my husband when he went in nursing home and qhen he got out. But they finally got it straightened out and garnished our checks for 58$ each each. Month. 10 percent o s the rate they can garnish. Good luck.

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      1. My boyfriend gets ssi and has no bank account and has direct express card.he he went to non filers and filed by accident .and when he click on get my payment it said the tax return information u entered doesn’t match our records will he still get his money

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  21. I get SSDI and will be getting DD. MY husband and I filed taxes 2 years ago. However I made sure I went to IRS website and made sure DD info correct and put both our ss # and info on form. Since we are married and same bank account will his check be DD at the same time as mine. We live on my SSDI income only.

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      1. I am on SSI I use the non fouler portal to put my dependents information down I received my $1,200 on the 27th but I did not receive my child support money and that problem be fixed or will it still be issued so

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    1. Do I need to register my 13 yr old disabled child who receives monthly benefits to nonfilers for extra.$500.00 stimulus check. Please reply thank you

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  22. sleepygirl – I am on SSDI. I did file taxes for 2018 and 2019 along with direct deposit and did get the refunds BUT I have NOT yet received stimulus for myself or wife or my kids. Plus the “Get my payment” app says “Tax return information does not match our records”. I did go to “Non-filer’ app and there are 2 pages. I entered information on both the pages and click on submit it rejects the submission saying I have already filed the taxes. REALLY, frustrated with what is happening.

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      1. I did FreeTaxUSA I only got the $1200 and not the $500. I did it before they opened up the portal on IRS website. My child is listed on the paper I printed out but I didn’t get the dependent money. So this person is not the only one who didn’t get it. I don’t know

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          1. I actually put this in the wrong spot, I was replying to you on another comment. Trying to do it on the phone did not work so well. Glad to know that others are having issues to and not just me. I will keep a eye on it and if you find out anything please let me know. I actually just passed your blog on to our Autism Society here for all the helpful information that you have on it. I am glad someone actually posted in another Autism group I follow because it is very helpful. Keep up the great work Sleepygirl.

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          1. Glad to see others here are reporting. I’m still looking for information daily. I have seen drifts from people on Twitter as well about not receiving their $500. One person even made a comment to where we may have to file next year to get it, which doesn’t make sense since we had done it thru Free Tax USA already. I hope they fix this problem we shouldn’t have to be waiting. I know they said if you didn’t use the Non Flier form that would happen but we are not in that bracket because we did it.

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    1. I’m so confused and lost. My situation is a little different then others. I’m disabled therefore I receive SSDI. I Also have a 10yr old daughter. Because I receive ssdi, she gets the dependent SSDI, since she’s under 18. We both get an SA-1099 every year. Don’t file any taxes. Do I still need to do the non filer form for her even though she also receives the 1099 form? Thanks in advance.

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        1. Ok, Thank you, I did sign up for her just in case, the morning of the 22nd. Will I get a paper check now because I used the portal for her?
          Or still get stimulus on my direct express card?

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  23. i didnt start recieving disability til 2020 am i still eligible for a stimulus and i have a direct deposit account do they have that info.

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  24. I’ve had no income and live on my husbands social security. He is 66 and was on Social Security disability for several years before he turned 65. Our 18 year old daughter will be 19 in May and receives money as a beneficary on her dads social security disability. It’s her only income, she receives a check monthly from social security which will stop in June this year. I did go to the IRS website to fill in my non-filer information. My question is will our daughter get the stimulous check and if so will it be automatically or should she fill out the non filer information. My husband or myself do not file and are not required to because of our very low income so does that mean our daughter is not a dependent even though she receives the child payment from her fathers ssdi? Thank you so much.

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        1. Well, I fear you are vastly overestimating my knowledge on this one 🙂

          If she supports herself 51%, typically she can be considered not a dependent. If her auxilary benefits are high enough.

          However, I do not know if an 18 year old is automatically considered a dependent according to IRS rules. (if she was 18 in 2019). Perhaps that is something you could research?

          Update: H&R block seems to think that the social security income from auxilary benefits is hers not dad’s. That would support the idea of her supporting herself, but I still don’t know if being 18 cancels that out: https://www.hrblock.com/tax-center/filing/dependents/social-security-dependent-benefits/

          I’m honestly not sure how this would be treated. If you feel she qualifies as not being a dependent, she could file her own simple tax form to see if that triggers a payment (the non-filers form is for people who don’t receive social security).

          Or, if she’s dependent last year, but not currently, she can file her own tax form at the end of 2020 and receive her check then. Again, she’d need to meet IRS criteria for not being a dependent.

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          1. Thank you for your research. Before she turned 18, we’d have to fill out a form telling SSA how we spent the money we received for her. After she turned 18, they no longer did that and switched from depositing her money in a separate deposit into my husbands checking account to mailing her a check monthly. I’m thinking she will automatically get one if she is eligible. Every time I’ve checked our stimulous payment status on the IRS website it says payment status not available. I guess it can’t hurt for her to file taxes. And I love your website!

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  25. Just heard from a woman on SS that she received her stimulus. However, she only received$1200 and none for her husband or grandchild. If anyone has received their money from the Treasury and claimed dependents, please share if you received the $500 for dependents.
    Thank you!

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  26. Hi, I signed up through Free tax USA using just the stimulus form because I have a dependent. The question I have is do I need to do anything on the IRS website as well in terms of non- filing, or direct deposit info?

    (I receive SSDI through my now deceased dad’s earnings, so I get a 1099, I did put that on the stimulus form on free tax USA + bank info.)

    I just want to make sure I do everything needed to get both checks. ($1200 + the child $500).

    Thanks in advance!

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  27. I’m sorry if this has been asked a dozen times but I am getting so anxious about this and can’t find a specific answer anymore. I’m on SSDI, on disability, do I need to sign up? Should I do it anyway just in case? I do have direct deposit and I need this check desperately. I just want to ease my mind that I’m doing the right thing or there’s nothing I really need to be doing. Thank you for all you’re doing and all the help.

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  28. Hi! I want to know if im eligible for this stimulate check, im married with a person who has a ITIN number, but he claim me as a dependent but im disable im receiving ssi payments, do i still qualify for the stimulate check? I do have a valid social security number like i say im receiving social security disability payments.

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    1. Everything I’ve read is SSDI recipients will get their checks Direct Deposited in late April, SSI folks will get their sometime in early to mid May. And that is also according to the IRS FAQ’s that I’ve read.

      However, if you have dependents that you take care of, then you need to file the Non-Filers form. Otherwise you don’t need to do anything, as Social Security will be doing the DD or mailing of checks, NOT the Treasury Department for those on Social Security, including SSDI, SSI and Regular Retirement benefits.

      Most all of this is all in their FAQ area under the Coronavirus Economic Impact area of the irs.gov website. I’m really surprised that no one seems to be reading these facts that have been updated several times.

      I go back to the FAQ’s almost daily to check what’s changed, lots of great info there.

      And as for this: Another option is to file again electronically. If you don’t usually file taxes: Three Places to Sign Up For Stimulus Checks
      This is also covered and the IRS says DO NOT DO THIS if you’ve already filed a paper tax return, it could cause problems for you down the road.

      Please go and read their FAQ page that does answer a lot of the questions that are popping up lately.

      Their FAQ is here:
      https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment-frequently-asked-questions#paymentnot

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      1. Where are you reading that people who filed on paper should not file electronically? Also, is this current information after IRS announced it’s stopped processing paper returns (about a week ago)?

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  29. My children has recieved SSDI payments from their father on a Direct Express card for the past 5yrs. I am their payee and I’ve also claimed them on my taxes every year. So my question is, will my children recieve the $500 for recieving SSDI on top of the $500 for me claiming them on my taxes?

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    1. My husband is incarcerated in a drug treatment center. So would he be a dependent of the state then? If so, would i get a paper check in the mail for 1200.00 or 2400.00 being we filed jointly in 2018 but not 2019 yet. Would the check only be in my name also and not his? If i get 2400.00 do i have to send half of it back which would of been his 1200.00 and i just keep my half of 1200.00?

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  30. Still a bit confused, I was on SSI for all of 2018 and 2019. I am now newly on SS retirement, survivors and disability insurance, that will start in May. My confusion is since I was on SSI for 2019 but starting SS retirement after Jan 2020 will payment be automatic or should I sign up for payment.
    Thank you for all you do.

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      1. I am on SSDI, I have a payee, Im not a minor and my payee did not claim me on their taxes and this person doesnt have “Guardianship” or anything..so I’m assuming that my payment should go to me on my Direct Express card because that’s how I usually get it..it’s just an everything I read they say nothing about people who have a payee and are on SSDI

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  31. I receive the Disabled Adult Child benefit off of my dad’s social security retirement. Will I be eligible for a stimulus payment? Do I need to fill out anything or will it be based off the 1099 form I get every year? My dad already got his payment but I did not.

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      1. I receive SSDI and married but my spouse doesn’t work will she receive covid 19 check are does she need to apply are youngest child is 18 Please answer thank you

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  32. I’m a disabled woman who receives social security benefits and I have a representative payee who receives my checks now my payee is not a friend or a family member he works for human services now my question is will the stimulus check go to me or will my payee be getting it?

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    1. I don’t know if this will help you at all; but, I am the payee for someone. I helped her sign up on the IRS/free file site. She got a rejection code because my SSN is the “primary” one on the checking account, even though hers is on the account, too. Now, it looks like the SSA has updated their site and she doesn’t need to file to get the stimulus money. You might want to check out the updated information on the Social Security Administration website for your particular situation. Just click on Coronavirus on the homepage. You can’t miss it.

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      1. Hi,
        I’m a SAHM of 4 kids. Two of them are disabled and both collect SSI each month. The only other source of income I receive is child support. I have been unemployed for the past 3 years and have not needed to file any returns. Also, we all 5 have medicaid and receive SNAP benefits.
        Do the kids and I qualify for a stimulus check? Or do my 2 kids on SSI get their $500 a piece? And if we qualify, how do I sign up?
        I want to make sure that if my family qualifies, all 5 of us get our checks and how we each do so.
        Thanks so much!

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    2. Edit: I’m sorry I must’ve not asked the question correctly but I would like to know my social security checks go to my representative payee, now will my stimulus check be mailed to my payee or will it be mailed directly to me? also my payee doesn’t use direct deposit

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    3. Edit: Sorry I didn’t ask my question correctly so disregard the previous question but my representative payee who is a county worker gets my social security checks mailed to his office and my question is will my stimulus check be mailed straight to my payee or will it be mailed to my address and social security does know my current address but I don’t know if my payee will be receiving the stimulus check to his office or will it go to my address

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      1. Most likely, your payee is getting the funds deposited directly into a bank account. The stimulus check would go to that same account – unless you use the sign up tool on IRS page and ask for it to go elsewhere.

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  33. I’m a single parent (the payee) to my only child who is totally disabled. I’m the only one to take care of her so I’ve never been able to work. She receives the full $783 monthly. Will I automatically get a stimulus payment on her Direct Express card or do I haft to fill out a form first?

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  34. Hi, I can’t seem to find info for my families situation. I have a 20 yr old, I did not claim as a dependent. She is disabled and receiving her fathers SSA, small amount, as well as SSI. In 2019 they switched her to Medicare due to her fathers SSA we were told. Is she considered my dependent, does she need to file or will she automatically receive a stimulus check? I know my mom receiving SSA already sees her payment pending and we see nothing yet. I filed for myself and youngest child (also SSI recipient) already. Haven’t been certain on what to do for my oldest to date. Thank you

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  35. If HUD can’t count the stimulus as income, why did my local housing authority demand I give them proof of receipt as soon as I get it? I haven’t heard anything else from them yet.

    In case someone hasn’t made it clear yet, Social Security retirement and SSDI beneficiaries don’t have to file anything. SSI recipients do, and there’s a form on the IRS website: irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments. No need to go through a free file site.

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  36. For those that just filed with the IRS using the newly provided tax tool that are just on SSI and gave all the direct deposit bank account info, Do you have any idea how long it would be till the money is deposited in your account?
    I realize that you might not have exact info but have you seen any hints out there that would give everybody an idea? Again thanks again for your amazing work for people with disabilities.

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    1. im on ssdi 75 get 9,000 a yr wrote asking i have direct deposite wells fargo will i get a cgeck u never answered why

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  37. At last! Social Security finally publishes a statement acknowledging that they won’t be sending payment to anyone on SSI.

    The artilce doesnt say “anybody on SSI wont” get a check. That is a lie. I am on SSI and was informed I would be getting a check and needed to do nothing.

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      1. Thank you for all that you do. This was one of the only places where I could find any kind of helpfull info on the stimulus. I finally just said the heck with it and did the Turbo Tax stimulus edition. It was pretty easy, they basically walk you through it.

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  38. 🧡 At last! Social Security finally publishes a statement acknowledging that they won’t be sending payment to anyone on SSI.

    The way you phrased this scared me and will scare a lot of people and mislead them into inaction. I am not trying to say you are not doing a fantastic job or that you have not been tremendous in working for the rights of the disabled. We all appreciate you very much. However to be accurate you should have put instead:

    🧡 At last! Social Security finally publishes a statement acknowledging that they won’t be sending payment to anyone on SSI UNLESS THEY FILE A RETURN USING THE NEW TAX TOOL.

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  39. I’m on SSI and have filled out the new form for non-filers. When I try to enter the info, I get a note saying that something was incorrect, but it doesn’t say what it is. I am sure I gave the correct info. A clue might be this: When I click on “Check E-File Status,” it tells me to enter my SSN. Then I click another box, and it says: “No return with this SSN has been transmitted with this account. If you have created more than one account, please check your E-File Status in the account from which your return was transmitted.” I haven’t created more than one account. Would appreciate it if someone could help me with this.

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  40. My mother in law is on just disability, Her son lives with her and claimed head of household. Will my mother in law still get a stimulus check?

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  41. I am a 51 year old 100 % disabled female who receives SSI. I live in New England with a room mate, as my $783 a month payment is not enough to rent a studio apartment which usually go for $1000 + or more a month.If I tried this on my own, I would be living in a cardboard condo. My room mate wanted me to afford basic necessities besides my room and board. I pay $575, which leaves me with about $200 to buy whatever my food stamps won’t cover, any medical expenses that are out of pocket, toiletries, etc. Now when I got sick with cancer and couldn’t work anymore, and then went through my wait for disability, my room mate kept me going for three years. When it comes time to file taxes, I am listed as a dependent, even though we are not related, as my room mate has never booted me out on the street or let me go without medical care or medication. Would I get my own check or would I be ineligible?

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    1. You won’t get a check this year. If you are not a dependent next year and you file a tax return you’ll get one then.

      You may wish to look into HUD housing. Your rent would be closer to $100 plus utilities.
      https://howtogeton.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/how-to-learn-everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-section-8/

      Not sure from your post, but if your not paying your full share of rent, your SSI check could be lowered.
      https://howtogeton.wordpress.com/2017/01/26/how-to-figure-out-how-much-rent-to-pay-on-ssi/

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      1. Sleepy girl? I’m not sure how to ask you a question so I’m trying this way; lol I’ve been on ssi for around 15 years, do to a head injury… I’m 49, live with my parents. They have had me as a deduction. The last year was 2017. They didn’t for 2018 and 2019, will I get a stimulus check? I keep trying to find out how and who to ask but I can’t. If you could help me I’d be very appreciative ♥️ Jennifer

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  42. I am on SSDI So I know I will get the stimulus check automatically, but will my Wife get the check automatically as well?, she doesn’t have a job so we just live on my SSDI, and we don’t file taxes either . it does say about the stimulus check if you are married you do get $2400 , $1200 per person . So When the IRS gets the SSA-1099 form from the social security administration so I get the automatic payment, will it show on that form I am married to my wife? I am guessing my wife might have to file a simple tax form to get the stimulus check?

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  43. For those who filed taxes on low or zero income before the stimulus only form was created, the IRS “claims” to be creating another web portal to provide them with direct deposit information, according to Business Insider.

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    1. A web portal for the individual to provide their direct deposit info to them. At the present, there is no way to give them the info if you already filed a 1040 form and didn’t qualify for a tax refund.

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  44. I’m sorry if this has been addressed here. I have a son who is 30. He has been disabled since birth. David receives SSI. He has not filed taxes and we have not claimed him as a dependent as he lives in a group home. The group home is an agency group home and they are his rep-payee and we remain his legal guardians. The house is telling us he is not eligible for a stimulus check. My friend who is an accountant is saying he is ,but we need to file a tax return for him…..Any idea what is true and what isn’t? My concern is we are frequently getting calls from the group home saying his bank account it going over the limit of savings. We have a burial account here for him. This check will go way over if he is eligible and this would be an issue.I would like to have it put into the burial account if he does receive one. HELP!! Thank you in advance.

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      1. I am on SSI only and no other income and I am so confused right now could you please help me. I am 53 years old and have no children.

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    1. wouldn’t the payee take it? I’m surprised their not seeing dollar signs and not all over that for everyone that lives there.

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  45. Hello. I have a question for anyone who might know. I’m on SSI and filed a tax return through TurboTax. Looking at the downloaded tax return, I notice it didn’t list me as a dependent. It did list the $12,000+ as the standard deduction. Is this the way it files for everyone? I don’t know if I’ll get the stimulus check without being listed as a dependent? Thanks for any answers 🙂

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    1. I should have been clearer in my initial reply. When you “claim yourself” there is no box to tick or line to fill in. It is assumed you are claiming yourself unless you tick the box “I can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return.”

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  46. will this check count towards the the SGA limit one can earn to remain eligible for SSDI?

    I have this same question about the “Heroes Fund” proposal. If I qualified for the 25,000 bonus would that kick me off SSDI for earning too much?

    Or would there be a special exclusion considering the times?

    Thanks for the informative article and if you can answer my question that would be super cool 😎

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  47. I receive SSDI and my son now receives his own SSDI up until May 2020 when he graduates from High School. He is already 18. He has applied for SSDI about a month ago for himself. My question is…will he receive the $1,200 stimulus?

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    1. I don’t know tax laws well. I assume he would be considered a dependent this year. If he gets his own SSDI or stops relying on you financially, he can file taxes in 2020 and get his check next year.

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  48. I registered turbo tax and got an email that said my file was accepted. Only problem if there was no place that asked for my banking info so I guess they will send it in the mail. You might wait to see if the IRS Congress up with a way to just send everyone a check without having to file

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    1. thank you for letting us know rick. other people were able to add banking? It’s a new system so maybe not working all the way. I think they may be working on a way to add banking info later.

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  49. I’m my adult daughter payee for ssi , she has two children, her payments are direct deposit into my bank account, how do I make sure she gets a stimulus check ?

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  50. PLEASE HELP I can’t find the answer to this question anywhere. I am on SSI, I know I qualify for Stimulus, that’s not my question. I have a Representative Payee, it’s not a friend or relative it’s thru a local company they get my SSI funds every month, I called SS 800# was on hold 2 hours they said this money comes from IRS not them, no staff at IRS.answering phones local or 800#. So will my rep payee get the $1,200 deposited into my regular account with them for my SSI funds? Or do I need to do anything with IRS to get stimulus money? Thanks

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    1. The check will be direct deposited in whatever bank account # and routing # your payee enters on the forms IF they filed for you. It’s up to the payee to decide which account if you didn’t request a certain account. I would get help and file myself and get the money deposited into the account I wanted it in. It has nothing to do with SSI or Social Security.

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      1. Hi I am also on SSI and have a Representative Payee at Family and Childrens Services. I have no bank account. I have left them several messages and nobody returned my calls. They are short staffed because of the pandemic. Can anyone advise me what I can do? I really do not trust them to apply for me, but i could be wrong. Thanks so much and Happy Easter and Passover

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        1. This is not something a representative payee handles. For SSDI, check is automatic. For SSI, you could sign yourself up. If you don’t have a bank account, they mail you a paper check.

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          1. Hi. Thanks for the response. I don’t really understand how I would sign myself up. Do you mean on the IRS site? I wonder though if I could start a savings account somehow and give them that info. Thanks in advance.

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            1. Yes, you can use the IRS tool to sign up.

              I’m sorry I don’t know much about banking. You could open an account. Or look into where/how you can cash a paper check if you don’t have a bank account. Or ask your rep payee if you can put it in the account they manage.

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      2. My son is 38 and has been disabled since age 3. I am his payee representative and he still hasn’t received his stimulus payment.he draws social security and his SSI under his own social security number yet he hasn’t received any stimulus money. When will it go to our direct express card. Social security only issues 1 card since I retired a few yrs ago.

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  51. I filed on turbotax. They have a new way to file for the stimulus money. Its really simple. They ask if you want direct deposited or paper check. If you want direct deposit you put in your bank information. They ask if you usually file taxes. I checked no. I was done. I’m not sure if it was in that exact order. I hope I didnt forget anything. I hope this helps everyone. About ten minutes later I got an email saying I was accepted.

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  52. Thank you for continuing to update this page. I’m on SSDI and while I can certainly use the extra money, it’s not something I’m urgently in need of right away, fortunately. So I’m just standing by and waiting to see what happens next in this farcical unfolding of government ineptitude.

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          1. I filled out on the non fillers app and I didn’t fill in enough stuff and when I got back on there.it told me that I didn’t fill out all the blanks and that I didn’t put a bank on it.i did it to file on my grandbaby.i draw disabilty and my money comes on a direct express card.so I deleted the form.will this mess my stimulus check up.please say no it won’t.takeing care of 3 people with one check.in desperate need of money

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    1. Ok I went thru the turbo site. Put all info in there including deposit info. Reply back was accepted. But it said federal. This can’t be correct? TKS in advance.

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        1. SSI don’t get 1099s. They filled out a 1040. I put in there SSI disabled on employment line. I pulled a copy up. Will this work for stimulus check or not. It’s accepted.

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          1. Thanks so much donna. I’m afraid you know more than me at this point 🙂 If it accepted the application that is extremely encouraging. Did you list your SSI income anywhere on the 1040?

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          2. Actually, if you put SSI amount down as employment, well I don’t think that’s quite correct, but I don’t think anything terrible will happen. I’m hoping they will make the process for SSI a bit clearer soon.

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      1. No, just “IRS rejected.” Efile had an explanation beneath that of “stay tuned in case the gov’t addresses this issue for SSI recipients.”

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      2. I went and got the exact message:

        “Your return has been rejected
        Don’t worry, we’ll help. See below for how to fix your Federal return and e-file the corrected version:

        IRS has not yet released guidance on filing simple returns to secure Stimulus Payments. PLEASE WAIT to retransmit these returns until you receive further guidance from DRAKE or IRS”

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    1. Go to taxslayer! I efiled a return for 0 income, as my husband receives SSI and I have no income. The IRS rejected it, but gave me instructions on how to fix it so it would be accepted….you must add the form 1099-INT and enter a $1 amount with yourself as the payee. Takes only a few minutes and it will be accepted!

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  53. I have a disabled daughter who has lived with me for 41 years; She is totally mentally disabled; I claim her as a dependent on my income taxes, and file “Head of Household”. Per the guidelines for the stimulus check, will I be allowed to receive the “Dependent status, for a daughter over 17, with a disability”; , therefore, receiving $1700.00, instead of $1200.00. As a retiree, I make less than $75,000.00 per year.

    Thank you!

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  54. The biggest drawback to e filing taxes now is the system doesn’t allow you to enter direct deposit info. Only if you qualify for a refund. The politicians who fought to exclude SSI recipients are determined to make this as complicated as possible. REMEMBER THIS WHEN YOU VOTE ! It will all come out later , who fought for what.

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  55. My husband is on SSI and we never file our taxes. When stimulus checks were first being discussed I concluded that we’d have to file and did so on Taxslayer. Since I don’t work, I filed a zero income return. Within 1 day I got a message when i signed into Taxslayer saying the return was rejected but the IRS gave me instructions on how to fix it – simply put $1 in interest income on Form 1099-INT with my name as the payer. I did so and it was efiled and accepted. The only downside, I wasn’t given the opportunity to include a bank account for direct deposit as I wasn’t getting a refund.

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  56. Thank you for your great work ❤️ I would like to inform you that all of the zero income citizens across our country can in fact file $1 and have it filed electronically because I just tested it on freetaxUSA.com. Please update this information and please contact me if you would like any details.

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      1. I receive social security and S.S.I payments.My brother whom I live with is my representitive payee.My $ is directly deposited onto a debit card.So my ? Is this will the $1,200 stimulus payment be deposited onto the bank card which has his name on it or will I receive a paper check by mail with my name on it?

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  57. Thank you for your great work ❤️ I would like to inform you that all of the zero income citizens across our country can in fact file $1 and have it filed electronically because I just tested it on freefileUSA.com. Please update this information and please contact me if you would like any details.

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  58. if my disable daughter that get ssi and were claimed as a depent will she be able to get a stimula check.

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  59. I receive SSI and my adult son receives both SSI and SS. From what I gather he would automatically get a check deposited, but not 100% certain since he falls under the disabled category and the SS he receives comes from his deceased fathers paid taxes. Also, I was hit by SS almost 2 years ago saying that they had overpaid me and said I had to repay them over $7,000 and started taking money from my monthly check immediately. I filed for an appeal to go before the Federal courts because after rebuking their reasons, which went from one thing to another and then finally saying their reason was that since I’m my son’s care taker and his check is deposited into my checking account that they view that as money accessible to me. However, despite my request for the appeal they have totally ignored my request and to date; they do not respond to my letters and phone calls regarding my appeal request and continue to take money from my check every month. Will they stop taking that deduction with all that’s happening now or will that remaining debt be cleared under these circumstances? Will his money be deposited in to my account as his care giver and can SS view that as more cash accessible to me and demand more money back from me? Also, where can I get the paperwork to file with the IRS for myself and my son if he is required to file as well?

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  60. I receive S.S.I. only. I can’t file electronically. If I’m reading this article correctly, I can file a paper tax form to receive my stimulus check? I have the 1040 tax form.

    How do I give them my Direct Express routing number and account info on the form when I don’t know that info and can’t get through to the Direct Express people?

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  61. Ok this information is awesome and I have read through it all to look for the information but I can’t find it anywhere. My son is 17 and on disability I have not claimed in him in almost 5 years. I have done my taxes for the last five years but not this year. Being he is disabled he doesn’t do his own taxes. I have not filed with him because I didn’t want that to mess with his social security. So my question is, is he considered an adult? Will he get any money where his social security payments are received?

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  62. i’ve been unemployed for the past 5 years and living with my parents. i haven’t filed a tax return for 5 years. i’m 29, single, no kids. do you think i can still get a stimulus check?

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  63. I was wondering ..I have 2 disable son one is 12 and the other one is 4 ..I dont work or file..would they get a check or for them to get a check I have to file..

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  64. My daughter (14) receives dependent benefits from her non-custodial father’s social security disability. Would she receive any portion of his stimulus, or would I just receive the $500 since I claim her as a dependent when filing taxes?

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  65. I receive RSDI and someone claimed me as a dependent on their tax returns due to misunderstanding what exactly it meant. I guess TurboTax was misleading. They’re sending in an amended return to fix it. Any idea on how to go about getting my stimulus from out of this horrible situation?

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  66. My husband and I filed joint taxes for 2019, however, it was his income, not mine. He claimed me as a dependent. I’m on SSDI and he is a veteran. Our divorce was final in January and we still have the joint checking account. Do I qualify for a stimulus check? Does he?

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  67. I’m on SSI. Will I get? This check did they are giving out from the government? I was told I was and then I’ve been told I’m not so can you please help me get this straightened out? Are people on SSI? Are they eligible for this money?

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  68. As of today (or, last night) 4/2/2020 …. The Treasury Dept. did a complete reversal and we will NOT have to file a “simple tax form”. I am disabled and my husband draws Soc. Security and we do not need to file taxes as we don’t have enough income…….this was a HUGE load off. I have NO IDEA what “bonehead” in Washington D.C. decided having to “file a simple form” was a good idea but IT WAS NOT! Yeesch!

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  69. My son receives ssi .due to my income being over the limit ssi takes a small percentage of my sons check every month. Being that we still owe ssi money will we get the stimulus check or will it be deducted from what we owe to SSI?

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  70. SleepyGirl, Will I still get a check if I was just approved this year for SSDI/SSI? Also, I have a 10 year old child, will he get any stimulus?

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  71. I read this on IRS website just now. Does this mean people on SSI or SSDI dont need to file now?
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.

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    1. I’m glad you asked this question, it become confusing to me since I get a disability check. Do we are do we not have to file a tax return to get the stimulus check?

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  72. Just got through filing a simple(-ish) form through efile.com and it was rejected:

    “IRS has not yet released guidance on filing simple returns to secure Stimulus Payments. PLEASE WAIT to retransmit these returns until you receive further guidance from DRAKE or IRS”

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  73. Hello! Due to a long process waiting on a court date and the court running into problems on thier end and twice having to reschedule my SSDI case I was not approved until Feb/2020 of this year. I was approved for BOTH SSDI and SSI and received my first set of payments last month. My question is will I still get a stimulus in this situation? Also, Is there something I should do? I have read if you have SSDI or both you dont have to file a return and I havent filed a return since the 2017 tax year. I just want to be sure since I didnt start to get payments until THIS year although the backpay will go back to 2017. Thank you so much I would really appreciate some guidance!

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    1. Also, I forgot to mention that I do have a minor child. Im not sure if there is also a way to make him eligible for the $500 as well?

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    2. As of now you will receive the $1200 without filing taxes. Keep up with updates though, they keep changing it.

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    3. Does anyone have any knowledge of how this stimulus would work for those of us that were just approved this year in 2020 for ssdi? Also, what if you have a dependent and are on ssdi? Will my minor child still get the $500 per child if ssdi is the only income as of 2020 and no income for 2018 and 2019 due to the long ssdi process(so not tax returns filed for those years).

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      1. I have the same question. I was approved for ssdi in January 2020 with an effective date of Oct 2019. Obviously I don’t have a 1099-SSA so how does this work?

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  74. I have been on SSDI since 2016 and I have Medicare. My Extended Period of Eligibility ended in mid-2018 but I am enrolled in a rehabilitation program through the state that will be over in 2021. Thanks to that rehabilitation program, I believe it is the reason for me to still be considered disabled, in addition to my medical condition.
    During my EPE and up to recently, I was working PT and making over the threshold limit, so I was not being paid benefits for those months. My Medicare has continued.
    I am currently not working due to the impact of the corona virus and I know that I will be receiving the stimulus check that everyone is talking about (I file taxes).
    Now, here is my question: Given that I have a small business that I don’t want it to die during this COVID-19 situation, is it advisable for me as a disabled person who works PT to apply for a sole proprietor ELDL loan to use in paying marketing services and equipment (no hiring employees)? Would this loan be an income that Social Security would consider a no no and stop my benefits? Would the lender or the SBA deny me the loan since I am receiving disability benefits? I especially care about not losing my Medicare benefits. Since I have been making money over the threshold limit, I haven’t gotten money from SSDI but they have kept my Medicare.
    I would appreciate any good advice on this matter.

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  75. Why are they making this so hard for people on SSI? Why cant they just get the information from Social Security. I hope they make a special tax form(?) for the people that have SSI.

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  76. I’m on ssd and my disabled adult son is on ssi but I’m his payee would we both get a check or would we get one for the family? I claim him as an adult dependent on my taxes so how would that work??

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    1. He would not get a check. I’m curious….why isn’t he getting disabled adult child benefits? If you are on SSDI?

      Most people on SSDI don’t file taxes or claim dependents. if you have significant other income, never mind.

      Max benefits on ssi are at least 780….just mentioning that in case helpful. Most people on ssi are not dependents on people’s taxes.

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  77. I’m single on ssi , I’m also the payee for my adult daughter who is on ssi, she has two children under 10, the children receive government aid, what should we do to receive the stimulus checks ? Thank you

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  78. Will people that receive Medicaid DAC (and Extra Help) have 12 months before the $1200 stimulus affects asset/resource eligibility?

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    1. Does this mean that if you spend $1200 within the 12 month period it will not count as a resource at the end of the 12 months and you will not lose your benefits by going over sga I am also on DAC benefits

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    2. Some medicaid offices are tougher than others though and will make you jump through hoops to prove where you got the money. Mines have cut me off while getting recertified because they didn’t like the print out of direct express statements and wanted the mailed ones.. I’d try to spend it down quickly on grocery gift cards, pharmacy gift cards, etc. When they ask where it went say you stocked up on food and toilet paper.

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  79. I read everything but still confused. I know you if you have SSDI you don’t have to file a tax return. But what happens then? How do you receive the stimulus check? Does it come with your regularly SSDI direct deposit?

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        1. I don’t work I have a 3 year old that is on ssi I am her payee I receive her money each month direct deposit will I receive 1200 for myself since I’m her payee plus 500 for her or just the 500 for her or.will I get 1200 plus 500.for her but her father claimed her this year on his taxes but I’m her payee and is on her ssi info

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          1. Also I claimed her last year on my taxes and her father claimed.her this.year but I’m her sole caretaker and I receive her ssi payments

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  80. I received an email from the IRS.gov. It sent me to a page that stated if you receive an Income from social security and didn’t submit a tax return then you need to do it even though you don’t need to because of the amount of your income. They are sending checks based on tax returns.

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  81. I am livid and sad that those of us on disability only get the one time $1200 stimulus check. What is that going to do for us other than basically allow us catch up on our bills only to be in the same boat in a few months? If you are already on unemployment, for some reason or have to go on unemployment because your job had to close because of the virus you will get your weekly check PLUS $600 extra per week to make up for the percentage loss. We on disability only get a percentage of what we were making when we could work, but we just have to deal with that. Why not give us a couple hundred extra a check so we can stimulate the economy too? Thing is we would purchase necessary items that we can’t afford now. It makes me sick to hear what those who are married, getting $2400, plus $500 for each child, is going to do with their “windfall” . Many of them will also be getting unemployment.

    I know of a small business owner who is doing very well, has lots of work, not laying anyone off, throws huge amounts of money around like it’s nothing, is applying for a grant to pay his workers.

    Why are we, the ones on disability, who would give anything to be able to work, and can’t due to no fault of our own, the ones who get left behind or not thought of?

    I lost my home trying and waiting to get on disability. There wasn’t anything around to help me keep my home, but there are provisions now, and I am glad for those people, it’s awful losing your home, and there was help before for them when the banks went haywire, but not for me.

    Don’t get me wrong, this is a heartbreaking, devastating thing that is happening right now and I agree that the Stimulus Package is needed. I just don’t understand why there isn’t anything more to help the disabled out that practically live in poverty everyday.
    Rant over!

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  82. By the way, I just called AARP to confirm that people on SSI with 0 income and who did not file tax returns do not need to file a tax return and they said that such people do not need to file a tax return. You are probably researching the earlier article I sent you to see if it is correct, which is a great idea since I know you do not want people to go through the extra work to file if they do not need to.

    Thanks for your excellent blog which I like very much.

    Jason

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  83. Thank you so much for posting this. I apologize if this has already been asked, but I am a 28-year-old on SSI (not yet on Adult Child Disability- I will be eligible for that in a few years but not yet. I was disabled at age 18). Before this COVID-19 fiasco, my mom already filed taxes (in January or February!) and claimed me as a dependent. I believe she already received a check for filing. I know I will not receive a check because of this- am I still eligible if I file a return, or should I not do that? My family is doing okay financially (thankfully) so I don’t *need* the money like many do. Just curious as to the best course of action. Thanks!

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  84. My husband is on Social Security disability and works part-time. He also is concerned of the $600 that’s going to be given weekly. Everything we have been able to read states that it goes towards income which means they will get thrown off of Social Security disability. Does anyone have any further information on this?

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      1. He is now unemployed and we have put off applying because we are concerned he will be kicked off SSDI as the extra $600.00 puts him over what he is allowed to make in wages???

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  85. We have an adult daughter on SSDI. She doesn’t file a tax return. Will she receive a stimulus check, would $500 be added to our check as parents or is she not entitled to anything?

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      1. Wow your full of useful information so let’s see if you can shed some light on my issue , so first of all I haven’t been able to work for about 4 years now I probably haven’t filed taxes in about 8 years , any way I’m considered disabled too the state off mn , and have been fighting for disability insurance for probably 2 or more years finally have a court date after being denied several times well guess my court date will be push out now , any way iv been getting help with housing and food through the state I’m poor but I’m lucky too get the help I do !! After being homeless over and over again and bouncing or living In my van that’s not fun I’m MN cause in the summer it gets way to hot and the 20 below weather in the winter bad times , I have a place to live now finally , only cause the state found me as being disabled , it because of a mix of things my back is so messed up I’m never comfortable had one back surgery but just gets worse , and told he don’t think another will make anything better and to just not do the things that cause the pain , I don’t work already how much more could I not do !! And I also had to major surgery s 2016 2017 because I got a deadly infection in my large intestines / colon , I no longer have the bag but I lost all but a couple feet of my large intestines, that effects me a great deal as I get major gut pain if I eat Im stuck in bathroom so I don’t if I plan to be out where crapping my pants would be embarrassment, I’m dehidrated all the time no matter how much I drink cause with no colon I sweat it out or piss it out to fast so not eating regularly that all causes me more fatigue the mix of my back legs and guts it’s a fight every day, and I have mental health needs on top of that there is PTSD, MAJOR DEPRESSION DISORDER , there are others, think iv explained my disability situation , so when I could not work any more I got my child support put on a hold cause I can’t pay it if I can’t make it , feel bad about that as well my kids are adults but I still owe a bunch of back child support, so was wondering since they have it all on hold and I’m getting help through the state and county because of my disabilities and am working with a lawyer to get my SSI or SSDI ,I haven’t had to file taxes but I was told to do it so I filed so I would get a relief as well . I just don’t know where I fall in here cause it’s not my fault I can’t pay child support and a small check like that would make a huge difference in my life I could pay for some car insurance, by clothes and things I need , cause I get help with food and a place to live but there is nothing left over ever so I and others can’t afford to drive by clothes pay Insurance ect and even for dads who owe back child support rite now who normally could work to pay child support but is unable now to no fault of theres they we are just as affected by this FLUED up world just like the rest of us it should be ment for all of us that need it right now even dad’s who struggle with making child support payments , do you think I should talk to my child support worker and my county workers and see if they can stop it from being taken, I don’t know what to think , I kinda went on alot but this stuff can be hard to explain , tell me what you know and what you think , thanks for all your info was helpful even though im not sure I have a chance in hell to catch a break even when it’s not ment as income just and we don’t have to pay it back , so if it’s not income how can they take it for child support , I think in most cases like getting your refund from your income tax should go to back child support if you owe it but this a gov stimuls check to help the economy and personal set backs due to the flu , ok I’m just gonna end it there cause I’ll just keep trying to make my point and I’m not looking for people to agree just think it stinks for any one who is going to have more support added up cause there not working and the stimuls to get them some relief is taken like it’s something you earned , child support comes from your earned income and the amount you pay a month I’d determined by your income and there income and the emount of kids , so In my mind for those who collect child support and get this stimuls check they should also be treated like it’s income and lesson the amount of support that one would normally pay , it sucks owe child support but to take a stimuls away from a dad who more then likely will now be behind thousand more before the end of all this , think about it people, that’s how I feel, I’m just looking to see if there will be away that I can get it still get mine being I’m not able to work and my child support has been on hold for 4 years yes I still owe support, there is nothing some people can do about it , you don’t decide to have kids thinking your not gonna be able to work and take care of them financially it’s a cruel world we live in were not always able to meet our obligations for many reasons , by now , ps sorry about the spelling and grammar and all that came came with this question turned rant .. lol be safe all it’s a FLUED up world we are living in

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  86. Will those who receive Social Security DAC, Mediciad(DAC) (and Extra Help) have problems by not spending the $1200 lump sum within a month? meaning if it adds up over 2000 in assets/resources.

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      1. I filled out the form on the IRS site not realizing I didn’t have to and the IRS rejected it due to the agi I went back and put zero because I get ssdi did I make a mistake and now I won’t get the stimulus money? I didn’t want mess anything up the tracking tool don’t have the information up fo anyone on disability yet as of today
        Thank You

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          1. Hey Sleepygirl,

            I just wanted to let you know that what you are doing is absolutely heroic. You have been giving a lot of effort and heart into this project and it can’t be easy. I hope you are taking care of yourself too….that way you can still help others. It is okay to take a break and watch a movie too and that will help you. Anyway we ALL thank you for the compassion you have shown for the disabled….it means a lot. I pray that God bless you and your family with light, peace, and his love during this difficult time.

            P.S. People when you ask Sleepygirl please do not just ask your question. Please include a thank you. She is not a robot and it will add encouragement to the whole project. Thanks.

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    1. If you get ssdi and i pay my child support every month because they withdraw it out my check. So do that stop my stumulus check for disabled

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  87. Has the asset limit ($2,000) issue been addressed for those that were working part-time and now would have to file for unemployment? I’m worried that the unemployment stimulus might kick people off their SSDI benefits.

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  88. My son gets an SSI check, in December 2019 he was 17, he’s also a dependent on our taxes….from what I’m reading, he falls in the crack and will not be receiving a check of any sort.

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  89. Thank you for posting this guide. I shared on my page after seeing on another reliable page I follow. I want to thank the nice people who do the work to put this page together to guide others. In fact, for those of you were homebound before the virus and will be after, I send you love from me and my disabled son. ❤

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  90. It’s critical those on SSI need to file. Very helpful information is on r/SocialSecurity reddit threads.
    Here’s the gist, I have seen people reporting earnings of Lottery Tickets with a 1099-MISC or people using the 1099-K Self Employed Service Gig section. Reporting $20 earning from babysitting will register an Adjusted Gross Income. With this AGI the eFile option for H&R unlocks.

    These steps are not only critical for SSI recipients it also fulfills the problem stay at home parents/caregivers face who do not have a taxable “job”. Any reported earnings $1 or more is required for eFiling. DO NOT MAIL these otherwise offices are all closed and people will be waiting months down the road for this to be ironed out.

    SS Retirees and SSDI are the only ones safe with no further steps. However, these articles were informative suggesting waiting on SSA interaction with IRS will only delay further.

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    1. I am a disabled veteran and I receive direct deposit for my benefits. I’ve heard many things. Will I have to file a tax form or will it be put in my account automatically? And also I’ve heard it’s $250-$600-and also $1200, so which one should I be looking for?

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  91. What about the people that are getting SSI and SSDI? How would they file for a stimulus check? Would they have to file a tax return or not? I have read everything of who and how to file for a stimulus check for the ones who are just on SSI or just SSDI, But there is nothing that states for the people who get both SSI and SSDI together to make up for the amount that they should be getting a month.

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  92. Is their any news how people who haven’t filed taxes, and have no income, but receive food stamps will get their stimulus check? I would of though it would be deposited right onto the EBT/Food stamp card.

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    1. Hello. I am on only SSI. I really could use this stimulus check. I received 50.00 for Christmas last year. Should I try to file this as income on the form? Thanks very much.

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      1. I’ve been told by some that gift income won’t make the form go through because it’s not taxable. You might want to wait a week. There’s a lot of speculation that IRS will fix this whole mess. 😊

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    2. My 9 year old son gets SSI & I am the representative payee. I dont file taxes & his check is the only income I have besides child support (& my childs father is behind on payments). My question is, would I get the $1200 and the $500 for my son? He wouldnt get the $1200 for being on SSI since he is a child right?

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  93. Does anyone know if a child on disability will get this too? Or would they be added under their parent with disability? Anything I come across doesn’t mention anything about children on disability.

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  94. My husband and I, are both on Disability Social Security. I would like to know, if he passes away, before I do, will I get Spousal Benefits??

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    1. If you are over age 50, you can switch to spousal benefits. There is a formula for how high the check would be. It may or may not be more than what you are getting now.

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  95. I read just the other day a blog where some federal government official was saying ” For those w/ zero income, you need to file a tax return, and claim 1 dollar of income. That’s the fix. Just put $1 in the box for your income. I guess that gives the system something to work with? Anyway, it’s supposed to be the solution.

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    1. The IRS themselves recommended that in a previous stimulus payout. I tried to report zero income but the system rejected. I changed it to $1 and that was rejected. When I reported $20 income it was accepted. It’s best to have help with experience if possible. The info must be entered correctly and I’m not sure if the same e file service will allow you to keep changing it once it’s rejected and tells you to mail the paper form in. Imo mailing it in will only send you deeper into the rabbit hole with even more problems and a longer waiting time. Just imagine if they put the 5 billion (4 million ssi stimulus checks) into a account that draws interest. Much incentive to drag it out as long as possible.

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  96. thank you for continuing to help people and get them the data they need.

    A question for my friends out there who might get said stimulus check, and decide to hold onto it.
    In order to hold onto a money (that you’re allowed to hold onto) do they have to be put into a separate account?

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            1. The only income I have is there check ..would they get there check or they wont..do I have to file so they can get there check or so I can get my check..am so confuse

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  97. Per usual, everyone who assists on this site does a remarkable job! Truly a beneficial service to our specific community. THANK YOU! 💕🖖🏼🌻

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  98. Thank you so much for–always-taking such complex issues and making it clear, concise, understandable and not-overwhelming. Appreciate it so much.

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