Coronavirus (COVID-10) FAQs: Stimulus Checks

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I receive Social Security, will I still be eligible to receive a stimulus check?

I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will I still be eligible to receive a stimulus check?

I receive VA benefits, will I still be eligible to receive a stimulus payment?

I'm a U.S. Citizen married to a non-citizen, will I receive a stimulus check?

Will My Stimulus Check Impact my Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) eligibility?

Will My Stimulus Check Affect My Medicaid Eligibility?

IRS Deadlines for Vets, Seniors, and Other Non-Filers to Add Children to Stimulus Checks

Other FAQs Regarding Stimulus Checks

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I receive Social Security, will I still be eligible to receive a stimulus check?

Yes, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has confirmed that individuals receiving Social Security benefits will also receive a stimulus check.

 

I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will I still be eligible to receive a stimulus check?

Yes, the IRS has confirmed that individuals receiving Social Security benefits will also receive a stimulus check.

 

I receive VA benefits, will I still be eligible to receive a stimulus payment?

Yes, the IRS has confirmed that individuals receiving VA benefits will also receive a stimulus check.

 

I'm a U.S. Citizen married to a non-citizen, will I receive a stimulus check?

Under the CARES Act, any U.S. citizen that files taxes jointly with an immigrant that does not have legal status, will not receive a stimulus check. 

 

Will My Stimulus Check Impact my Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) eligibility?

No. The commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the SSA will not consider stimulus payments as income for SSI recipients. Further, the payments will be excluded as a resource (e.g., countable asset) for 12 months.

 

Will My Stimulus Check Affect My Medicaid Eligibility?

No. State Medicaid programs are not allowed to impose an eligibility requirement that is stricter than the SSI requirements. The commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that the SSA will not consider stimulus payments as income for SSI recipients. Further, the payments will be excluded as a resource (e.g., countable asset) for 12 months. Therefore, for Medicaid purposes, we are using the same interpretation.

 

IRS Deadlines for Vets, Seniors, and Other Non-Filers to Add Children to Stimulus Checks

If you (1) receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Railroad Retirement benefits, or VA Benefits; AND (2) you are generally not required to file a tax return; AND (3) you have children:

The IRS announced that if you are in one of the above groups and you did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019, you have until Wednesday, April 22, 2020 to update your information to include qualifying children in order to receive the additional $500 per eligible child. If you don’t submit your information by the deadline, then you will receive an initial payment of $1,200 but any additional amounts for eligible children will be delayed until you file a tax return for the 2020 tax year. You can read more about  this here and here. The IRS has posted a tool for non-filers here.

 

Other FAQs Regarding Stimulus Checks:

Tax Attorney (and former NC-native) Kelly Phillips Erb has a great column on Forbes that has been tracking updates regarding stimulus check and has a great list of FAQs covered here.

 

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