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Economic Impact Payment Info for SSI Recipients Who Have a Representative Payee

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) has updated its website to explain how recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments who have a representative payee will receive their economic impact payments (EIPs).

Background

Social Security's Representative Payment Program provides benefit payment management for Social Security beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their SSI payments. The SSA appoints a suitable representative payee who manages the payments on behalf of the beneficiaries. A representative payee can be an individual or an organization.  Generally, the SSA looks for family or friends to serve as representative payees.

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), IRS is making EIPs to certain taxpayers. Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an EIP of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child under the age of 17 as of the end of 2020.

How the IRS will send EIP if the recipient has a representative payee

If an SSI recipient has filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return, or used the non-filer tool, then the EIP will be sent to the bank account provided on the tax return.

If a tax refund was mailed or if there was no refund, EIP will be mailed to the address provided on the tax return.

If the SSI recipient neither filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return nor used the non-filer tool, then the representative payee (whether an individual or an organization) should begin receiving the EIP in late May at the same direct deposit account or Direct Express card to which the monthly SSI payment is deposited.

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