Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive Stimulus Payments Automatically; SSI-Only & VA-Only Beneficiaries Must File Tax Returns

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Courtesy of Justice in Aging

On Wednesday, the Treasury Department announced that people who receive Social Security Title II retirement, survivors’, and disability insurance benefits will not need to file tax returns to get their CARES Act Economic Impact Payments. While this is an important assurance, the Administration is still requiring millions of low-income seniors and people with disabilities who receive only Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans (VA) Disability Compensation or Veterans Pension benefits to file a tax return in order to receive their stimulus payment. These individuals need the stimulus payments the most and will spend them the quickest, but many of these individuals face very significant barriers to filing tax returns. 

Call your members of Congress at (202) 224-3121 and tell them: “Thank Treasury for doing the right thing for Social Security beneficiaries—now they need to include SSI recipients as well.”

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