As much as the White House, state governments and Americans would like to see the country open for business, everyone agrees the most important issue is protecting lives. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is cautiously evaluating COVID-19 information as the situation evolves, with the goal of maintaining a safe environment for both the Americans it serves and its employees. For now, the agency has stated, local SSA offices will remain closed, with workers doing their jobs remotely.
“From our perspective, the SSA is functioning well,” said Christopher J. Grover, attorney, Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys, PLLC. “Our cases are progressing as usual, with the exception of Administrative Law Judge hearings, which are being held over the phone, rather than face-to-face. Clients have the choice of postponing their hearings, but those who haven’t done that have been given the same attention as they would have received under normal circumstances.”
In other news from the SSA, there’s important information for Supplemental Security Income recipients who did not file taxes in either 2018 or 2019 and who have dependents under age 17. These beneficiaries should go to the IRS’s webpage before May 5 and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Information section to provide information in order to receive a payment of $500 for their eligible children in addition to the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. If you don’t take this step, you will only receive the $1,200 and will need to file a 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500. Economic stimulus checks will not be included as income for 2020, so will not affect recipients’ benefits.