19 Million Social Security Recipients Get Stimulus Checks

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More than 19 million Social Security recipients who hadn’t already received their third-round stimulus checks will get them this week, if they haven’t already, the IRS said Wednesday.

Of the more than 25 million payments distributed this week, over $26 billion worth went to people who collect Social Security benefits but didn’t file a 2020 or 2019 tax return or use the agency’s online tool for non-tax filers. Their checks had been delayed after the Social Security Administration (SSA) took weeks to provide payment information to the IRS, requiring Congress to step in.

So far, the IRS has issued 156 million payments worth $372 billion under the latest round of stimulus checks, which pay up to $1,400 per person, including dependents. Veterans and their beneficiaries who don’t normally file a tax return are up next, with the IRS estimating payments should be received by April 14.

Most people don’t have to do anything to get their stimulus payments, which have generally been delivered the same way the first two rounds were. You can check the status of your payment using the IRS’s Get My Payment tool.