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Second stimulus check: can Social Security beneficiaries get the payment? - AS English
The initial proposal was that low-income social security recipients would only get half of the amount stipulated in the package but that is not the case.
The CARES Act, which included a first round of stimulus check payments, saw the US government pay out over $2 trillion in cash payments of up to $1,200 to Americans who qualify for the scheme. It came with many questions for struggling families though. One of the big ones was: am I eligible if I recieve social security help? The answer is yes. Those who are collecting Social Security benefits for retirement, disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be eligible for the stimulus payments. According to the IRS, Social Security recipients who weren't required to file federal tax returns for 2018 or 2019 will receive $1,200 stimulus payments automatically based on information contained in their 1099 benefit statements. The initial proposal was that low-income social security recipients would only get half of the amount but that is not the case. For those claimants who enter bank account information, the IRS will deposit the payment directly into their accounts with the issuing of paper checks as an alternative. Americans who receive extra Social Security benefits for low-income aged, blind or disabled people are likely to receive their stimulus payments today or through the mail beginning on Friday, according to the Social Security Administration. What if my stimulus check is delayed? There might be delays of up to five months for your stimulus check to reach you given the number being sent out by the IRS. There are a number of reasons why if might be delayed aside from the backlog but you should check out the My Payment Tool to see if your check is on its way or if there is another reason for the delay. Covid-19 latest developments As always, you can follow all the latest news related to the coronavirus on our rolling live feed and we also have a US-specific blog to keep you informed of what's happening at home.
Coronavirus US live updates: total cases and deaths, latest news today - AS South Africa
Live coverage of the US Covid-19 pandemic: the latest breaking news from the US, infections, comments and statistics as they emerge throughout 17 April.
ICYMI: "A lot of strange things are happening" In case you missed it, US president Donald Trump told his press briefing on Friday that "a lot of strange things are happening" regarding the origins of the novel coronavirus. Trump says his administration is seeking to determine whether the virus emanated from a laboratory in China, telling reporters: "A lot of strange things are happening but there is a lot of investigation going on. And we're going to find out.” Meanwhile, he defended protesters against lockdown measures in Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia. "These are people expressing their views,” Trump said. “I see where they are and I see the way they’re working. They seem to be very responsible people to me, but they’ve been treated a little bit rough.” The presidents comments were made after a series of tweets in which he declared, “LIBERATE VIRGINIA”, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” and “LIBERATE MINNESOTA”. (Reuters contributed to the reporting in this post)