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 From the Desk of Tracy Tyson Miller                                      Vol.1  April 2009

SSA Beneficiaries Benefit from Stimulus Bill

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed stimulus legislation into law. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides SSI and SSDI beneficiaries with a one-time stimulus payment.

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Portions of the Act Revelant to SSI and SSDI beneficiaries

  • A one time stimulus payment of $250 will be paid to over 55 million SSD and SSI beneficiaries.
  • Payments should be made by the end of May 2009.
  • No additional action is required to receive the payment.
  • Payments will be made in the same manner as monthly payments (direct deposit or check).
  • If benefits are typically paid to a representative payee, the stimulus payment will also be made to the representative payee to benefit the primary beneficiary
  • For SSI purposes, the stimulus payment will not be considered income and is an exempt resource for nine months following receipt of the payment.
  • Payments will not be considered gross income for tax purposes.
  • The payment is protected from garnishment and assignment, but will be subject to the Treasury offset program for outstanding federal debts.

Who Will Receive Payments?

  • All SSI and SSD beneficiaries entitled to benefit payments for the three month period from November 2008 through January 2009
  • It appears that individuals found retroactively entitled to benefits will also be eligible for the stimulus payment since the Act allows for payments to be made until December 31, 2010

Who will NOT Receive Payments?

  • Individuals in prison
  • Individuals who are on probation, are parole violators or who have committed fraud
  • Individuals who are no longer lawfully in the United States
  • Individuals who do not reside in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. Territories

 

For more information, visit the Social Security Administration's Economic Recovery Page which addresses stimulus payments and frequently asked questions.

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