A HUGE number of struggling Americans on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and other federal benefits are still waiting to receive their stimulus checks.
People on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are desperate for news on when they will receive the checkCredit: Getty
Many hard-hit Americans are still waiting on a checkCredit: Getty
The reason for the delay was caused by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had asked the Social Security Administration (SSA) to send its payment files two weeks before the checks were signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11.
But it took until March 25 for the SSA to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with the paperwork, reports Newsweek.
Meanwhile, Covid-hit Americans are desperate for the money and at the very least a date when they would receive them, rather than being told they will arrive shortly.
Currently, the Social Security Administration website says: “The IRS has not announced when it will begin paying EIPs [Economic Impact Payments] to Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients.”
Mark Stevens, 65, told CBS: “To me, ‘shortly’ is two to three days, not two weeks.
“People in my situation are feeling lied to.”
People in my situation are feeling lied to
Mark Stevens, US citizen
The IRS has yet to respond to Newsweek requests for comment since the SSA sent the required paperwork.
The SSA website also currently states that “the IRS decided to pay EIPs [Economic Impact Payments] first only to people who filed a 2020 or 2019 tax return.
“And to people who used the IRS’ Non-Filer Tool to receive a previous EIP. Some Social Security beneficiaries may have received a recent EIP if they filed a tax return with the IRS,” it went on.
According to the SSA website, “the IRS may send your next EIP by check in the mail” to those who received a previous stimulus payment as a prepaid debit card and not via their Direct Express card account.
“Please refer to the IRS’ website for the latest information about economic impact payments (EIP).
“Please do not contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) with questions about EIPs. Our representatives do not have information to answer your EIP questions. The IRS, not SSA, processes all EIPs.”
A spokesperson for the SSA told Newsweek on March 26: “As you may already know, many Social Security beneficiaries have already received their EIPs.
“The final files we sent to IRS yesterday morning [Thursday] will address those recipients who don’t normally file a tax return with the IRS.”