[Nfbnet-members-list] Special Bulletin #2: Rules for SSI and Economic Impact Payments Have Been Updated

Pare, John JPare at nfb.org
Wed Apr 15 21:07:02 UTC 2020

Dear Fellow Federationists:

I have good news. The Administration has just announced that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who do not file a regular tax return and who do not have any dependent aged 16 years or younger, do not need to file a simple tax return. This is a significant change to what was was communicated to you yesterday. The National Federation of the Blind has been advocating for this change. I am sorry that the details have changed so fast and so frequently, but we can all be happy that it has ended with this streamlined process.

As a result of yesterday's special bulletin, we also received several questions related to whether an individual who is claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return is still eligible for the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. The answer is no. If you are claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, then you are not eligible for the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.

So, to summarize the new SSI rules, if you did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return and do not have a dependent aged 16 years or younger, you do not need to do anything to get your $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.  You should receive the automatic payments by direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as you would normally receive your Social Security benefits. SSI recipients with qualifying children will need to use the IRS ‘Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here’ web portal <https://waysandmeansforms.house.gov/components/redirect/r.aspx?ID=491262-70878583> to enter basic information so they can receive their payments as quickly as possible.

We will continue to monitor developments regarding the Economic Impact Payments, and will communicate any changes to you as soon as we can. In the meantime, please continue to check our COVID-19 Resources Page<https://www.nfb.org/resources/covid-19-resources> for updates.

Keep well, and keep safe.

Warm regards,

John G. Paré Jr.
Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Telephone: (410) 659-9314, extension 2218
Cell phone: (410) 917-1965
Email: jpare at nfb.org<mailto:jpare at nfb.org>

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