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If I only have SSI or VA benefits for the last two years, how will I get my stimulus check?

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Updated September 16, 2020

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and those who receive Veterans disability compensation, pension, or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs will receive a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment with no further action needed on their part.

If you have qualifying children under age 17, you must use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool by May 5 to claim the additional $500 payment per child.

Those who used the Non-Filers tool by the deadline to provide information about any qualifying children, but did not get the additional $500 payment together with their initial EIP, will be paid in early August.

If you receive government benefits, aren’t required to file a tax return, and never received the additional $500 per qualifying child, use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool to update your information. SS, SSI, RR, and VA recipients must act before Wednesday, September 30 to receive their additional payment in October.

It is unclear whether SSDI recipients could qualify for this window to update their information, but it doesn’t hurt to try—at the end of the day, you should receive your additional $500 when you receive your refund in 2021 if you don’t get it sooner.

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