Millions of Americans who are retired, disabled, and low-income will get the 3rd stimulus check by April 7

  • The IRS estimates an April 7 delivery date for stimulus checks going to federal benefits recipients.
  • This includes Social Security, Supplemental Security income, and Railroad Retirement Board beneficiaries.
  • Most of the payments will deposited in to bank accounts or loaded onto Direct Express cards.
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The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday that it expects millions of people who receive federal benefits to get their third stimulus check in the next week. 

The majority of the $1,400 payments will be sent electronically, via direct deposit or loaded onto an existing Direct Express card, and arrive by April 7. Federal benefit recipients can expect to receive their stimulus payment the same way they normally get their benefits.

“The update today applies to Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) beneficiaries who did not file a 2019 or 2020 tax return or did not use the Non-Filers tool,” the IRS statement reads.

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The announcement comes nearly a week after top House Democrats sent a letter to the Social Security Administration requesting that beneficiary information be sent to the IRS immediately, Insider’s Ayelet Sheffey reported.

On March 25, according to the IRS, the agency “began the multi-step process to review, validate, and test tens of millions of records to ensure eligibility and proper calculation of Economic Impact Payments. If no additional issues arise, the IRS currently expects to complete that work and to begin processing these payment files at the end of this week,” meaning by April 3.

Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit recipients who don’t regularly file tax returns are not included in this batch of payments. The IRS estimates it will deliver their funds by mid-April.

stimulus check is a non-taxable cash payment sent to qualifying Americans by direct deposit, check, or debit card. The money can be used however you want and does not need to be repaid to the government — even if you get too much.

Other names for stimulus checks include Economic Impact Payments and the Recovery Rebate Credit.

Beginning April 3, people who receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income, or Railroad Retirement Board benefits can check the status of their payment using the IRS’s “Get My Payment” tool.

The IRS has been delivering stimulus checks since March 12. More than 127 million payments have been disbursed, including some to federal benefits recipients who have filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return, therefore providing the IRS with a separate payment channel.

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