When Will IRS Send Third Stimulus Payments to Social Security Recipients? Latest Updates

Recipients of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and other federal benefits could receive their stimulus checks soon after the Social Security Administration (SSA) provided the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with the necessary paperwork.

The $1,400 payments to some 30 million Americans had been delayed due to a dispute between the SSA and the IRS. However, the House Ways and Means Committee has urged the agencies to expedite distribution of the checks.

The SSA provided the necessary paperwork to the IRS on Thursday—two weeks after the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was passed by Congress—clearing the way for payments to be made.

Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee placed the blame on SSA Commissioner Andrew Saul, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump.

They said the delays "defied congressional intent and imposed needless anxiety and pain on taxpayers."

On Wednesday, Ways and Means demanded that the SSA hand over the paperwork within 24 hours and the agency complied.

The committee noted in its letter that "the IRS asked SSA to start sending payment files two weeks before the American Rescue Plan became law on March 11, 2021."

However, SSA Commissioner Saul said in a statement that his agency was "not authorized to substantively engage [the] Treasury or IRS prior to the ARP's passage."

Saul blamed the delays on a lack of staff funding for the SSA in his statement on Thursday. In total $38 million was appropriated for the second round of stimulus payments, and that sum was authorized for use until September 30, the Government Executive website reports.

He said that "despite the fact that Congress did not directly provide SSA funding to support our work on EIPs [Economic Stimulus Payments] ... we have worked tirelessly with our counterparts at IRS to provide to them the information they need to issue payments to our beneficiaries."

"It inexplicably took two weeks for the transfer to happen after the American Rescue Plan was signed into law, which is a clear failure of leadership from SSA," a spokesperson for Ways and Means told Newsweek on Friday.

When can people expect payments?

The IRS has not yet provided dates for when the stimulus payments will be made to recipients of Social Security and other federal benefits, saying in a statement on Wednesday that they would provide that information "as soon as it becomes available."

Recipients of Social Security and other federal benefits would generally receive their stimulus payment in the same way as their regular benefits. Federal aid funds are normally distributed through Direct Express card accounts.

It's possible to track the status of your stimulus payment using Get My Payment tool at the IRS website.

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Economic stimulus checks are prepared for printing at the Philadelphia Financial Center May 8, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Stimulus checks for 2021 have suffered some delays. Jeff Fusco/Getty Images