Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Sean Casten (IL-06)
April 7, 2021
Congressman Says Many Social Security Recipients and Others Who have Not Yet Received Payments from the American Rescue Plan, Should Expect Electronic Payments to Hit Bank Accounts or Direct Express Cards Beginning Wednesday
Downers Grove, IL — U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) announced that many Social Security recipients and others who have not yet received their Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 from the American Rescue Plan should expect to see electronic payments hit their bank accounts or be loaded onto their Direct Express Cards beginning today.
- Today’s latest round of electronic payments applies specifically to those who receive Social Security retirement, survivor or disability (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) benefits and who did not file a 2019 or 2020 tax return or did not use the Non-Filers tool.
- Most payments will be automatically deposited into banks accounts or loaded onto the Direct Express Cards where they receive Social Security benefits. Those waiting on paper checks or debit cards through the mail should expect to receive their payments over the next several days.
Casten said, “As direct payments from the American Rescue Plan have already begun helping Illinoisans pay their bills, care for their families, and support local businesses, it’s crucial that our seniors get the money that’s rightfully theirs. I’m glad this latest round of $1,400 payments is on the way.
Many Illinoisans have already received their payments. In total, 85 percent of Illinois adults are expected to receive Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 per person through the American Rescue Plan that Casten helped to pass. Casten encourages all Illinoisans to use the “Get My Payment” tool from IRS.gov to check the status of their payments. In most cases, these payments are automatic and no action is necessary to receive them.
- How to Check the Status of your Payment: Rep. Casten is encouraging Illinoisans to go online and check the status of their payment using the “Get My Payment” tool at: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.
- What to Expect: Illinoisans could start seeing payments show up in their bank accounts as soon as this week if their 2019 or 2020 taxes have been processed by the IRS or they used the “non-filer portal” for previous payments and provided their bank account information to the IRS. Recipients of other federal government benefits, like Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement Board, or Veterans Affairs benefits, should expect to receive a payment automatically as well. For Illinoisans awaiting a paper check or debit card, some checks have been mailed already, but most will find their paper checks or debit cards in the mail over the next several weeks.
- How Many Illinoisans Will Get Payments: According to the White House, more than 7.5 million adults and 3 million children in Illinois are eligible to receive payments of up to $1,400 per person through the American Rescue Plan that Rep. Casten helped pass into law. That means 85 percent of all Illinois adults and 83 percent of all Illinois children in the state are set to receive payments.
- Who is Eligible for Payments: The American Rescue Plan that Casten helped pass into law included Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 per person. Combined with the $600 down payments enacted in December, these additional checks will finish the job on Democrats’ promise to put $2,000 in Americans’ pockets. Individuals earning up to $75,000 annually, heads of household earning up to $112,500 annually, and couples earning up to $150,000 annually will receive the full $1,400 per person, for themselves and their dependents. After that, the checks begin to phase out, with payments stopping at individuals earning $80,000 in annual income, heads of household earning $120,000 in annual income and married couples earning $160,000 in annual income