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Millions of Americans recently woke up to an additional 1,200 dollars in their bank accounts, as the first batch of stimulus checks approved under the congressional CARES Act were rolled out in April.
Many who have not yet received checks are left wondering if they will be able to count on the cash infusion if they also take part in government assistance programs like Social Security Disability.
The short answer is yes. CARES Act relief funds were designed to offer immediate financial assistance to individuals and families struggling in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including Social Security Disability recipients.
Citizens who file their federal income taxes electronically and opt to have refunds issued via direct deposit will find their stimulus checks have already been deposited into their accounts. Conversely, those who file by mail or choose to receive their tax refunds via paper check should find relief checks in their mailboxes soon.
For SSDI recipients who do not routinely file incomes taxes, relief checks will be automatically deposited using the same method as his or her monthly SSDI benefit payment. If someone usually receives Social Security checks by mail, for example, he or she will also receive the stimulus by mail.
Whether or not a person receives government assistance has no bearing on the allocation of these stimulus funds. Below is an official statement on how funds are distributed, courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Treasury:
“The CARES Act provides Economic Impact Payments to American households of up to $1,200 per adult for individuals whose income was less than $99,000 (or $198,000 for joint filers) and $500 per child under 17 years old—or up to $3,400 for a family of four.”
Note: Adults between the ages of 18 and 26 who are listed as dependents by their parents or legal guardians may not be entitled to direct stimulus benefits.
If you have not received your stimulus check, it could be due to a variety of reasons. Outlined below are some of the most common scenarios:
If you have not received your economic impact check, you can contact the IRS to submit an official request for payment, update incorrect or missing personal information, and provide anonymous feedback about your experience: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.
Unfortunately, the current global economic crisis has not hampered criminals’ efforts to take advantage of vulnerable people. The IRS is warning consumers that coronavirus-related scams could take the form of suspicious phone calls or phishing attempts online or via email. The IRS will not contact you in these ways; the agency typically corresponds with tax filers by way of official mail.
One indicator that some correspondence could be a scam is the frequent or repeated use of the term “stimulus check.” The official term used by both the IRS and Treasury Department is economic impact payment.
Taxpayers who receive suspicious emails, phone calls, or text messages wherein a person or company attempts to impersonate a government agent or agency, or attempts to gather sensitive personal information, should forward copies of these communications to [email protected].
Citizens are encouraged not to engage with potential scammers online or over the phone. To learn more about reporting these types of scams, visit the IRS’ dedicated webpage on phishing attacks.