December 2021 SSI Payment Calendar

If you are looking for the December 2021 SSI Payment Calendar, look no further. We can help you. If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, knowing when your payments will be deposited each month is important to planning ahead and making sure your bills are paid and you know when your money will be available to you for withdrawal.

In the post below, we have explained in detail how the 2021 SSI Payment Schedule works and provide you with the specific dates on which your December benefit payments will be deposited into your account.

"December 2021 SSI Payment Calendar"

This Post will Cover:

  • Electronic Payments are required for SSI Benefits
  • How the SSI Payment Schedule Works
  • December 2021 SSI Payment Calendar
  • Complete 2021 SSI Payments Calendar
  • SSI Benefits Questions and Answers

Electronic Payments are Required for SSI Benefits

Congress passed a law that moved all SSI payments from paper checks to electronic payments. The law went into effect on March 1, 2013.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has therefore stopped mailing paper checks and current and new SSI recipients are required to receive their benefits electronically.

There are two ways you can receive your SSI benefits electronically:

First, you can choose to have them direct deposited into a checking or savings account with a bank or credit union.

The other option is to sign up for a Direct Express Debit Card, which works similar to a traditional bank debit card and is accepted anywhere Debit Mastercards are accepted.

You can also use your Direct Express debit card to make purchases and also get cash back at the grocery store or to purchase money orders at the post office.

If you do not sign up for direct deposit, the Social Security Administration will make the choice for you and send your SSI payments to you via Direct Express debit card.

How the SSI Payment Schedule Works

If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will receive your payments on the 1st of each month.

The exception is when the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday.

If the first falls on a holiday, then you will receive your payment the business day before.

However, if the first falls on a weekend, you’ll receive your payment on the preceding Friday.

Exceptions

If you started receiving benefits (SS or SSDI) Prior to May 1997, or you are currently receiving both Social Security and SSI payments, you will receive your payments on the 3rd of each month.

Also, if the 3rd falls on a weekend or holiday, you will receive your payment on the preceding Friday.

If the 3rd falls on a holiday, then you will receive your payment the business day before.

However, if the 3rd falls on a weekend, you’ll receive your payment on the preceding Friday.

December 2021 SSI Payment Calendar

Since December 1st, 2021 falls on a Wednesday and is not a holiday, SSI payments for the month will be deposited on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. 

If you receive your payment via a bank account or a prepaid debit card like the Direct Express Debit card, you should see your benefits in your account on or before Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. 

Both SS and SSI Recipients

Since December 3, 2021, is on Friday and is not a holiday, you will receive your benefits on Friday, December 3, 2021. 

2021 SSI Payments Calendar

Here is the complete 2021 Supplemental Security Income Payment Schedule for your reference.

This shows when you can expect your benefits payments for the rest of the year.

2021 SSI Only Both SS & SSI
January 31-Dec-2020 31-Dec-2020
February 1 3
March 1 3
April 1 2
May 30-Apr-2021 3
June 1 3
July 1 2
August 30-Jul-2021 3
September 1 3
October 1 1
November 1 3
December 1 3

2021 Social Security Payment Calendar

Here is the complete Social Security payment calendar as published by the Social Security Administration.

It includes payment schedules for Social Security retirement benefits (SS) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits

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SSI Benefits FAQs

Here are the most frequently asked questions about the SSI benefits when it comes to payments.

Which pays more – SSDI or SSI?

People on SSDI generally receive much bigger payments than those on SSI.

For example, in 2020, the average SSDI payment is around $1,237 per month, whereas the maximum SSI payment is $783 per month for an individual.

How Much Will I Recieve in SSI Benefits?

The basic monthly SSI payment for 2020 is the same nationwide. It is:
—$783 for one person.
—$1,175 for a couple.

However, not everyone gets the same amount. You may get more if you live in a state that adds money to the federal SSI payment.

Should I try to Work while getting SSI?

If you are able to work while receiving SSI benefits and you earn money, your SSI check will decrease.

However, because less than half of your gross earnings are counted by SSI, you will usually have more money working than when you were not working.

If you currently have a monthly income, half of anything you earn over $85 per month will be deducted from the maximum amount of benefits in order to determine your SSI amount.

What is the Ticket to Work program?

The Ticket to Work Program provides people receiving Social Security disability benefits (SSDI or SSI) more choices for receiving employment services.

The main goal of the program is to assist people on disability benefits in reducing their reliance on disability benefits and become self-sufficient.

For more information about the program, click here.

Do you get health benefits with SSI disability?

If you are approved for SSI disability benefits, you are automatically eligible for Medicaid benefits.

Unlike SSDI benefits where there is a wait time to get Medicare, with SSI, there is no wait time to get Medicaid.

Can I keep my benefits if I move out of the U.S.?

Whether or not you are able to keep your disability benefits if you move outside of the United States depends on several factors, including:

  • What type of benefits you receive
  •  Where you move to
  • How long you reside outside of the country

Under most circumstances, if you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and leave the U.S., your benefits will stop after 30-days and cannot be reinstated until you return to the U.S.

Who is on SSI?

Here is a breakdown of SSI Recipients by age groups for 2019.

Disabled Adults (Ages 18-64) – 58%
Elderly (Ages 65 or higher) – 28%
Disabled Children (Under Age 18) – 14%

If I get married, will it affect my benefits?

  •   If you marry, your spouse’s income and resources may change your SSI benefit; or
  •   If you and your spouse both get SSI, your benefit amount will change from an individual rate to a couple’s rate.

Benefits for a widow, divorced widow, widower or divorced widower

  •  You cannot get benefits if you remarry before age 60; and
  • You cannot get benefits if you are disabled and remarry before age 50.

Divorced spouse’s benefits

Generally, your benefits end if you remarry.

Benefits for a child under age 18 or student ages 18 or 19

Benefits end if you marry.

How is SSI Different from Social Security?

Social Security retirement benefit is financed by FICA tax on employment income.

Eligibility for Social Security and how much you receive in benefits are based on work history.

However, SSI is needs-based and is not tied to employment history.

Can I receive workers’ compensation and SSI?

Generally, if you are receiving workers’ compensation, you probably won’t be eligible to receive SSI benefits.

2021 Stimulus Checks for SSI Questions and Answers

Here are the most frequently asked questions from SSI recipients about the stimulus checks from 2020 and 2021.

When Will I Get My Third Stimulus of $1,400?

The IRS started sending payments for the third stimulus on March 12, 2021.

Here’s a possible timeline of when you can expect your check, depending on how you received your last stimulus check:

Process Remaining for Stimulus Bill Actual and Future Possible Dates
House of Representatives Passes Bill February 27, 2021
Senate Passes Stimulus Bill March 6, 2021
House of Representatives Votes on Senate Bill March 9, 2021
Stimulus bill signed into law by President Biden Thursday, March 11
First direct deposit check sent by IRS March 12 (pending), March 17 (official)
First paper checks sent by IRS Week of March 22
First EIP Prepaid Debit Card sent by IRS Week of March 29
IRS deadline to finish sending checks Dec. 31, 2021 (mandated by the bill)
Last date to receive a check January 2022 (if checks sent late December)
Claims for missing stimulus money open 2021 tax season likely (in 2022)

What Can I do if I don’t Receive the Third Stimulus?

If you qualify for the third stimulus and your banking information and/or mailing information on file with the IRS is up-to-date, the stimulus payment will be sent to you directly.

If the IRS has your banking information (through a recent refund you received), your stimulus payment will be sent via direct deposit to that account.

However, if the IRS does not have your banking information but they have your mailing address (the one you included in your last tax return), then you will be sent a paper check or an EIP debit card (stimulus debit card).

If you were sent an EIP card, here’s how to transfer money from the card to your own bank account.

You can visit IRS.gov and use the “Get My Payment” tool to find out the status of your payment.

Click here to learn about how to use the IRS Stimulus Tracker.

How much will I get in the Third Stimulus?

How much you are eligible for in the third round of stimulus depends on your income.

In general, the IRS will use the most recent tax return information it has on file to determine eligibility for the stimulus payments.

That means that if you are yet to file your 2020 return, your 2019 return will be used.

Here’s the income eligibility for stimulus round three based on Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) from your tax returns:

$1,400 for qualifying adults
2,800 for qualifying couples who file a joint tax return
$1,400 for each dependent child under the age of 17
$1,400 for each qualifying adult dependent

If you’re a single filer, your payment is reduced if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is above $75,000.

For married couples filing jointly, the phaseout begins at an AGI of $150,000. If you file as head of household, the reductions begin at $112,500.

The following income groups will NOT receive a stimulus check in the third round:

$80,000 AGI for single taxpayers
$160,000 AGI for married filing jointly taxpayers
$120,000 AGI for heads of household

December 2021 SSI Payment Calendar Summary

Here’s the bottom line on the December 2021 SSI Payment Calendar:

SSI payments for the month will be deposited on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. 

You should see your benefits in your account on or before Wednesday, December 1st, 2021. 

SS and SSI Recipients

You will receive your benefits on Friday, December 3, 2021. 

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Be sure to check out our other articles on:
Third Stimulus Check FAQs
What is the Third Stimulus Check Release Date?
Second Stimulus check for $600: Update
Direct Express Stimulus Check Deposit Date
How to Login my Social Security Account
Direct Express Dispute Resolution Help
2022 Social Security Payment Dates
How to Transfer Money from EIP Card
October 2021 SSI Payment Schedule