Delayed Stimulus Payments to Arrive Soon for Some

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Social Security recipients and other people who do not normally file a tax return could receive their stimulus payments as soon as this weekend, after a delay handing off payment information caused the checks to be put on hold.

The $1,400-per-person payments will begin to be issued this weekend, the IRS and Treasury Department announced Tuesday, with an official payment date of Wednesday, April 7. Most of the checks will be issued electronically through direct deposits and payments to existing Direct Express debit cards.

The IRS processed 90 million payments in the first week after President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law March 11, with another batch of 37 million put in the mail last week. But the agency could not issue payment to nearly 30 million people who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income or Railroad Retirement Board benefits because the Social Security Administration (SSA) had failed to provide the appropriate payment information to the IRS in time.

After two weeks of waiting, the House Ways and Means Committee jumped in March 24, telling SSA to hand over the data by the next day. SSA complied. The IRS said in its release that it received the needed information on March 25.

The delay applies only to people receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Board benefits who did not file a 2019 or 2020 tax return and did not use the tool developed by the IRS last year for non-filers to receive stimulus payments.

Most people don’t have to do anything in order to claim this round of stimulus payments, which usually are delivered the same way as the first two rounds of checks. You can check the status of your payment using the IRS’s Get My Payment tool.

The IRS also said it anticipates issuing stimulus checks for those who receive Veterans Affairs benefits by mid-April, according to Tuesday’s statement.

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