Days later the IRS website gave him an answer: His stimulus check will be arriving via direct deposit on April 22.
This applies to beneficiaries who typically are not required to file a tax return which includes folks under Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits, Railroad Retirement, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Veteran Affairs benefits.
"Many of those people could end up missing out on the $500 per child stimulus payment altogether, given the difficulty of either meeting an extraordinarily tight deadline or having to file a full-not simple-tax return for 2020 to get the payment in 2021", said Samantha Jacoby, a senior tax analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Recipients of Supplemental Security Income will have until a later date to provide their information to the IRS.
The second wave of coronavirus stimulus payments will start hitting bank accounts in the next week, but retirees, veterans and pensioners expecting paper checks may have to wait up to 20 weeks for the cash.
Earlier guidance from the IRS suggested that those who receive federal benefits and don't usually file tax returns would have to do so.
The IRS has a separate site set up for non-tax filers to enter their payment info, but if you did that and are receiving the "Payment status not available" message, it could mean the IRS hasn't processed your data yet.
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Millions of Americans aren't eligible for the federal stimulus payments, either because their income is too high or they fall into a group of people who are excluded from the benefit.
Taxpayers with an adjusted gross income above $99,000, $136,500 or $198,000, respectively, will not receive a check. But recipients are also eligible for an extra $500 for each dependent child.
Another culprit could be whether taxpayers filed through tax prep services such as H&R Block or TurboTax and received tax refund anticipation loans, according to a Treasury Department spokeswoman.
According to the instructions provided on the SSA website, Social Security recipients with Direct Express debit cards can leave the bank account information section on the IRS's online form blank - but they must fill out all other mandatory questions.
Unfortunately, the IRS telephone help line isn't working because the agency closed it due to the pandemic.
"We want to "Plus $500" these recipients with children so they can get their maximum Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 plus $500 for each eligible child as quickly as possible", said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in a news release.