Following the announcement of a third round of stimulus payments in March, most eligible U.S. families received their payments. If you’re on Social Security and in the SSDI or SSI programs, your third stimulus check will likely have arrived already.
The stimulus has already been deposited into most Americans’ bank accounts via direct deposit, or added to their Direct Express cards, and since April 9e, checks were also on the way. Workers in certain industries, such as railroad workers, as well as people receiving VA benefits, are also expected to start receiving additional payments, as the IRS said it started sending money on April 14.e.
What to do
If you have not yet received payments in May, you may need to request a payment record. The IRS has a tracking tool on its website, detailing the status of each person’s stimulus money; in case of failure, it is possible to request a payment record on the same site, although it may take longer and has more restrictions.
In addition, the government has said it will conduct outreach activities to help taxpayers claim the funds to which they are entitled. There is also some protection of stimulus checks against unpaid debts; for example, checks can be seized by private collectors, but cannot be seized for child support owed.
For some Social Security beneficiaries using a Direct Express card, the third stimulus payment can be added to the card – especially if you haven’t filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return. Anyone receiving government benefits can get paid. sign up for Direct Express, although it is almost certainly too late for stimulus payments to arrive that way if done in May.
Either way, if you’ve recently moved and your dunning check is missing, make sure the USPS and IRS are aware of your new address. You can change it on the USPS website.
Finally, although the Biden administration has not said it will launch a fourth round of stimulus checks, many Democratic lawmakers – particularly on the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, including Senators Bernie Sanders (I- VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) – had expressed their desire for another round of payments, if not constant periodic payments thereafter.
So far, there is no indication that Biden will go ahead with this proposal. Instead, under the auspices of his U.S. Plan for Families, he proposed several other broad measures, including a dramatic expansion of the children’s income tax credit – which, as has been observed elsewhere, would amount to essentially an additional stimulus payment, under relief, for many working families.
Trevor Filseth is a journalist and writer for the national interest.