If you receive federal benefit payments via the Direct Express debit card and did not receive your Stimulus check on your card, we can help you. The IRS has extended the deadline for those who have not received their Economic Impact Payment or Stimulus checks to register and claim their money. However, you have to act fast. In this post, we will walk you through how to get your Direct Express Stimulus check.
In addition, we will walk you through how to fill out the IRS non-filer tool online to claim your payment.
Finally, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about Economic Impact Payment.
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If you currently receive your federal benefits through Direct Express, your stimulus check or Economic Impact Payment should be automatically deposited into your account.
Most eligible Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients do not need to take any action in order to receive their Economic Impact Payment.
However, cardholders with qualifying children need to take additional steps in order to receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment.
If you have a qualifying child, here’s what you need to do:
Visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments Information Center website for more information.
Click here to be taken there.
If you have not received a stimulus check and don’t normally file a federal income tax return, you are not alone.
According to the IRS, nearly nine million people who don’t normally file federal income taxes still need to register in order to receive their economic stimulus checks.
Here’s what you need to do to get your check.
The first step to getting your check is to register as quickly as possible using the IRS Non-Filers tool.
The tool will not be available after Nov. 21 due to the IRS preparing for the 2020 federal income tax filing season.
Click here to use the tool to register for your check.
Once you visit the IRS Non-Filers tool, click on the “Enter your information” link as shown in the image below.
Here’s the information you will need to provide to claim your payment:
Next, you will be taken to the page below. Click on the “Get Started Link” to continue.
To complete the registration process, you first have to create an account with the IRS to register for your stimulus check.
You will be asked for the following to create an account, as shown in the image below.
However, if you already have an account with the IRS, click the “Sign In” link as shown in the image below.
Once you have created an account or signed in:
You will be directed to a screen where you will input your filing status (Single or Married filing jointly) and personal information.
Make sure you have a valid Social Security number for you (and your spouse if you were married at the end of 2019).
Furthermore, make sure you have a valid Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number for each dependent you want to claim for the Economic Impact Payment.
In addition, check the “box” if someone can claim you as a dependent or your spouse as a dependent.
Finally, enter your bank information.
If you do not provide or have a bank account, the IRS will send you a check in the mail instead.
You will receive an email from Free File Fillable Forms, a trusted IRS partner.
The email will either show you have successfully submitted your information, or tell you there is a problem and how to correct it.
Free File Fillable forms will use the information to automatically complete a Form 1040 and transmit it to the IRS to compute and send you a payment.
If you have not yet received your Economic Impact Payment, time is running out for you to act.
The IRS has extended the deadline to claim stimulus checks.
If you have not yet received your check, you now have until November 21 at 3 p.m to claim your check if you fall under one of the following categories:
Then, use Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here by November 21 to register for your payment.
Social Security benefit recipients who already received a $1,200 payment now have until November 21 to register for a payment for their spouse or qualifying child.
Here are the most frequently asked questions about Direct Express stimulus checks
Most eligible Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients received their payments to their Direct Express card in May.
However, if you did not receive your payment in May, follow the instructions above to register with the IRS and claim your payment.
The IRS will pay Economic Impact Payments automatically to the existing Direct Express card accounts of most eligible people that receive:
In addition, Direct Express cardholders who filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return and did not get a stimulus payment need to take additional steps.
If you fall into that category, visit the IRS Economic Impact Payment page for information on how to get your payment.
You will not be charged any fees for receiving your stimulus payment on your Direct Express card.
Direct Express cardholders will receive one free ATM withdrawal for their Economic Impact Payment deposit.
This is in addition to the free withdrawal for each benefit payment deposit the cardholder receives.
The answer is no. The IRS will not call, email, or text you about your Economic Impact Payment.
However, you will receive a letter about your Economic Impact Payment in the mail.
It will be sent to your last known address within 15 days after the payment is made.
In addition, the IRS will not contact you to request personal or bank account information.
As a result, be careful when responding to websites and social media attempts that request personal information.
There are a lot of scammers and thieves out there looking to steal Economic Impact Payments.
We hope this post on the Direct Express stimulus check was helpful.
If you have further questions about Direct Express Card, Social Security, or Disability benefits, please let us know in the comments section below.
Be sure to check out our other articles on Social Security and Direct Express, including Update on Social Security Stimulus Checks (including Second Stimulus Check) and Top Questions and Answers on Direct Express.