The Social Security Administration has announced information on when and how recipients who have a representative payee will receive their COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments.
SSI recipients who have their regular monthly payments managed for them by another person, called a representative payee, are to begin receiving their Economic Impact Payments from the IRS in late May.
Payments will be sent by direct deposit to the account on file, or mailed to the listed address for beneficiaries who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019.
Those who did not file returns will be sent their payments from the IRS to the same direct deposit account or Direct Express card as the recipient’s monthly SSI payments are sent.
Social Security Administration Officials say they are waiting for confirmation from the IRS as to when impact payments in the form of a paper check will be mailed.
Officials say that representative payees are only responsible for managing Social Security or SSI benefits, and Economic Impact Payments are not this type of benefit.
They say the representative should discuss the impact payment with the recipient, and what their wishes are for handling these payments.
Representative payees are being allowed to provide assistance with these payments, which is outside of the normal rules and role of a payee.
For more information, or questions about payments to beneficiaries with representative payees, go to the Social Security Administration website at