STIMULUS PAYMENTS FOR SSI, SOCIAL SECURITY, AND VA RECIPIENTS
Current as of May 12, 2020
What can go wrong?
1. DO NOT USE NONFILER PORTAL IF YOU FILED TAXES IN 2018 OR 2019. This may cause problems with the IRS and may delay your check.
2. AVOID SCAMS: There are many scammers out there trying to take people’s Stimulus checks. Some people may phone you, promising your Stimulus check, trying to get your bank account or debit card information or other things they can use to steal your money. Government agencies will never call you about the Stimulus checks. Never give bank, debit card, or Social Security information to anyone who calls you.
3. DO NOT PUT THE MONEY INTO A BANK ACCOUNT
THAT HAS A GARNISHMENT ORDER AGAINST IT. After a court judgment that someone owes a debt, the court can order the money can be taken from the debtor’s bank account. SSI money cannot be taken even if there is an order like this. But the stimulus money can be taken. Be sure not to give the IRS deposit information for an account of yours or someone else’s that is being “garnished.” If your account is garnished, you may want to wait much longer to get a paper check.
4. Some SSDI beneficiaries may need to file taxes; in limited circumstances they are considered taxable.
Do not pay anyone to help you get the Stimulus check. This could take most of your money (or even all of it). As noted above, there are free ways to do what you need on the IRS website, and a free organization to help.
If someone else knows enough of your personal information, they may try to get the IRS to send your money to them. So take action early, before they do something. And keep your private information private.