SSI Third Stimulus Check Release Date—IRS Outlines April Payments Timeline

The Internal Revenue Service expects to begin distributing stimulus payments this weekend to recipients of Social Security and other federal benefits who don't normally file taxes. The federal body projects "the majority of these payments would be sent electronically and received on April 7," it said Tuesday.

The latest payment update applies to recipients of Social Security retirement, survivor or disability (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) who did not file a 2019 or 2020 tax return nor submit their details using the "Non-Filers" tool at the IRS website.

"Because the majority of these payments will be disbursed electronically–through direct deposits and payments to existing Direct Express cards–they would be received on the official payment date of April 7," the IRS said Tuesday.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) said: "We are waiting for information from the IRS about timing for people who will receive their EIP by mail."

Most recipients of federal benefits will generally receive their third stimulus payment in "the same way that they receive their regular benefits." Federal aid funds are usually distributed to recipients via their Direct Express card accounts.

Those expecting to receive stimulus funds can check the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool at the IRS website.

The tool "will not be updated until the weekend of April 3-4 with information for federal beneficiaries expecting payments next week," the IRS advised Tuesday.

After receiving the required payment files from the SSA last week, the IRS began "the multi-step process to review, validate, and test tens of millions of records to ensure eligibility and proper calculation" of stimulus payments, according to the federal body.

"If no additional issues arise, the IRS currently expects to complete that work and to begin processing these payment files at the end of this week," the IRS said Tuesday.

According to the SSA, "the IRS may send your next EIP by check in the mail" to those who received a previous stimulus payment as a prepaid debit card and not via their Direct Express card account.

Many federal benefit recipients who regularly file taxes or who submitted their details using the "Non-Filers" tool have already started to receive their stimulus funds earlier this month. Payments for these recipients were issued during the last three weeks, the IRS said Tuesday.

Stimulus for VA recipients to be issued by mid-April

Stimulus payments for Veteran Affairs (VA) benefit recipients who don't usually file taxes could be issued by mid-April, according to the latest IRS statement.

But the federal body is "exploring whether we can include them [VA benefit recipients] with the other recipients," according to a March 26 letter sent by the IRS to the House Ways and Means Committee and shared with Newsweek.

The IRS has been "working tirelessly" after it received the required paperwork from the SSA following pressure from the committee.

According to the March 26 letter sent to the committee's chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), "the IRS received the SSA files on March 24 and 25."

The letter, signed by IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig, stated that the federal body intends to issue stimulus funds to eligible recipients of SSI, SSDI and RRB "whose data is valid and consistent" in the first week of April.

Remaining payments to be delivered within 4 to 6 weeks

The IRS will "automatically" send stimulus payments to those who didn't file a tax return but receive Social Security and other federal benefits.

The federal body said Tuesday: "For the first round of Economic Impact Payments last year, recipients in these groups received payments within four to six weeks after the CARES Act was signed into law. For the American Rescue Plan signed March 11, the IRS projects that it is on track to deliver Economic Impact Payments to federal beneficiaries at the same or faster speed.

"More details on this third round of Economic Impact Payments and federal benefit recipients will be available soon on IRS.gov," according to the IRS statement Tuesday.

The IRS previously did not have the current information it needed to generate stimulus payments for federal benefit recipients who did not file a tax return.

"Due to regular changes in the federal benefits population, the IRS needed to receive updated information this month from other government agencies. With these critical updates, eligible federal benefit recipients who don't normally file an income tax return will get a payment automatically in the next few weeks," the federal body stated Tuesday.

Some recipients may need to file a tax return this year, even if they don't normally file one, in order to provide the IRS with the required information to send stimulus payments for any qualified dependent.

"Eligible individuals in this group should file a 2020 tax return to be considered for an additional payment for their qualified dependent as quickly as possible," the IRS advised Tuesday.

On March 24, nearly 30 million people were reported to be waiting to receive their stimulus because the SSA had "not sent the necessary payment files" to the IRS, according to a letter from the House Ways and Means Committee.

SSA Commissioner Andrew Saul claimed the delay was caused by a lack of staff funding in a statement on March 25.

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IRS building in Washington, D.C. 2016
The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C., pictured on March 10, 2016. The IRS expects to begin distributing stimulus payments this weekend to recipients of Social Security and other federal benefits who don't normally file taxes. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images