Economic Impact Payments

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How can I get missing economic impact payments (EIPs) and claim other refundable tax credits?

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The IRS and the Department of Treasury (Treasury) provided an online Non-Filer Sign-up Tool as a convenient way for people who do not ordinarily file a tax return with the IRS to claim advance CTC payments and missing stimulus payments, or EIPs. The November 15, 2021 deadline to use the tool has passed.

Filing a 2021 Federal tax return in 2022 will allow families eligible to claim the 2021 CTC to receive their remaining benefit. Most families who received advance CTC payments only received half of the value of their credit.

If you didn’t file a tax return for 2020 and you did not use the sign-up tool before the deadline passed, you can still claim your full CTC and any amount of the EIPs provided in the American Rescue Plan that you are eligible for but have not yet received, by filing a 2021 Federal tax return in 2022.

If I receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), when will I receive my economic impact payment (EIP)?

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The Internal Revenue Service has paid EIPs to Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients.

If you did not receive all the EIP amount you think you and your family are eligible for that was provided in the American Rescue Plan, you should file a 2021 Federal tax return in 2022 to claim the amount you are owed.

What should I do if my family situation has changed since I last filed a tax return or since I used the IRS’ Non-Filer Tool?

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The IRS pays EIPs automatically only to eligible people you included on your most recent filed and processed Federal tax return, or information you provided the IRS in its Non-Filer Sign-up Tool.

What should I do if not everyone in my household received their economic income payments (EIPs)?

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The Internal Revenue Service has paid EIPs to Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients.

If you did not receive all the EIP amount you think you and your family are eligible for that was provided in the American Rescue Plan, you should file a 2021 Federal tax return in 2022 to claim the amount you are owed.

Where can I find the latest information from the IRS about economic impact payments (EIPs)?

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Please visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus/third-economic-impact-payment.

Please remember that the IRS, not the Social Security Administration, issues EIPs. The Social Security Administration cannot answer EIP questions about your specific situation.

Where can I get answers to my economic impact payment (EIP) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) questions?

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Please visit the IRS’ Q&A page about the third EIP or visit the IRS’ Q&A page about the CTC.

Please remember only the IRS can answer questions about EIPs and the CTC. Please do not contact the Social Security Administration.

How will the IRS send my economic impact payment (EIP) if I have a representative payee?

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Please see the answer at the IRS' website.

How should a representative payee use a beneficiary’s economic impact payment (EIP)?

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The EIP belongs to the Social Security or SSI beneficiary. It is not a Social Security or SSI benefit. A representative payee should discuss the EIP with the beneficiary. If the beneficiary wants to use the EIP independently, the representative payee should provide the EIP to the beneficiary. If the beneficiary asks the representative payee for assistance in using the EIP in a specific manner or saving it, the representative payee can provide that assistance outside the role of a representative payee.

How should representative payees account for the economic impact payment (EIP) when completing the annual Representative Payee Report (i.e., annual accounting form)?

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Because an EIP is not a Social Security or SSI benefit, representative payees are not required to account for the EIP when they complete their annual accounting form.

What if a beneficiary alleges a representative payee misused the economic impact payment (EIP)?

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Because an EIP is not a Social Security or SSI benefit, SSA does not have authority to investigate or determine whether the EIP has been misused. However, if SSA receives an allegation that the EIP was not used on behalf of the beneficiary, SSA may decide to investigate for possible misuse of the beneficiary’s Social Security or SSI benefit payments. SSA may also determine the representative payee is no longer suitable and appoint a new representative payee.

What if I don’t see an answer to my economic impact payment (EIP) question on this web page?

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Please visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus/third-economic-impact-payment.

Please remember that the IRS, not the Social Security Administration, issues EIPs. The Social Security Administration cannot answer EIP questions about your specific situation.