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Social Security Benefit Recipients and COVID-19 Aid

Are Social Security Benefit Recipients Eligible for Another Round of Stimulus Checks?

Questions surrounding the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 aid payments were among the most common questions our firm has received this year; and with talks of a second stimulus check, it’s important to know who’s included in the discussion. There was some confusion during the first round of stimulus checks over who would receive economic relief. Specifically for those who had not filed tax returns in recent years. This group includes many people with Social Security benefits. Most of those receiving Social Security benefits have no need to file tax returns due to their income, hence the confusion over the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act.

The official Social Security website explains that with the first round of checks “the IRS processed most Economic Income Payments (EIPs) for Social Security (retirement, survivors, disability) beneficiaries whether they did or did not file a 2019 or 2018 tax return.” We anticipate the same be true for another round of COVID-19 aid. The next round is even going a step further into taking more Americans, like college students and those incarcerated, into consideration.

According to AARP, the first stimulus payments went out automatically to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients. And like Social Security beneficiaries, SSDI beneficiaries also receive SSA-1099 benefits statements every January, which the IRS used to send the checks. Again, this is likely to be the case for the potential next round of payments.

So in short, the answer is yes. If there is another stimulus package, people with social security benefits will receive COVID-19 aid too. However – with discussion still up in the air and no concrete bill – this is subject to change.

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At Harbison & Kavanagh, our Richmond Social Security Disability attorneys know how to help you win your Social Security claim. With over four decades of combined experience, our firm is here to help you get your life back on track. To get a better idea of your options, call or contact Harbison & Kavanagh and schedule your free social security consultation.

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