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Did you talk to the IRS or Social Security at the 800 # you called?
The IRS is the government entity issuing the Economic Impact Payments NOT SSA.
The way I understand it, the Social Security Administration has an agreement with many foreign countries so that they can send benefits to expats via direct deposit to a foreign bank. The IRS (US Treasury) does not have such an agreement. They are going by IRS rules not SS because this economic impact payment is coming from the US Treasury.
These are the IRS rules -
from the link ~
The quickest way to receive your refund is by direct deposit to a checking or savings account, including an individual retirement arrangement. However, you need a U.S. account to request direct deposit. If you do not have a U.S. account, or do not choose to receive your refund via direct deposit, a check will be mailed to the address you provided on your tax return.
Here are some of my other sources:
from the link ~
Depending on your income, U.S. expatriates can get up to $1,200 each, or up to $2,400 for couples, plus $500 for each qualifying child, just as you would if living stateside. And, most people don’t need to do anything to get their payments. The IRS will deposit your payment directly to your U.S. bank account (the IRS can’t direct deposit money to a foreign account), or mail your payment using information from your 2018 or 2019 tax return or from your Social Security retirement or other federal benefits program.
another media one -
from the link ~ Which points out the problems - no solutions
- A tool on the IRS website that is meant to collect direct-deposit information to speed up stimulus payments isn't working for some US citizens living abroad.
- The IRS "Get My Payment" tool asks for the taxpayer's address, but won't accept a foreign ZIP code, preventing them from moving to the next step to input bank information.
- Even so, you can only enter US bank information. The IRS isn't sending payments to non-US banks.
- The IRS will mail the stimulus check if a person doesn't have direct deposit, but postal services in some countries aren't operating due to the pandemic.
The IRS won't send stimulus payments to non-US banks
read this part of the above link
The IRS will send the payment - it will come by either check or as a debit card (VISA).
Make sure your address is correct on your Social Security file and/or your tax file.
Gail ... I live abroad ... Spain ... and I called the 800 number today and they told me tha tI would get it the same as I get my SS retirement which is direct deposit in my Spain bank. Where did you see that those living abroad will get them by mail?
Here is the newly UPDATED IRS: GET MY PAYMENT - Frequently asked questions
Here is the most up-to-date IRS Economic Impact Payment - Frequently Asked Questions site.
Here is the Latest IRS Press Release on the Economic Impact Payments
They are still processing payments - 5 million a week.
- Some more Social Security Retirement, Survivors, Spousal, SSDI payments
- Same for those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and VA benefits
- They are also still processing those beneficiaries that have a Representative Payee.
- For those on Social Security who live abroad - The IRS cannot deposit into a foreign bank account so you will get your payment another way - check or card. IF you do have a domestic bank account, you can enter that info into the Get My Payment site. Most likely you will have to also have some sort of a domestic address because the spaces in the Get My Payment IRS site does not have enough room for many foreign addresses. Of course the country where you are must have an agreement between them and the USA - most do but not all.
- For those that live in a US Territory, there is something different - if I remember right, the payment is coming from the taxing authority in the Territory.
Can you give me the number you called because the number I have it’s only a recording. I no how you feel I haven’t got my stimulus either.
I just want to start by saying thanks to all of you for your support in this forum. Lately, it's been a very challenging time as we await our stimulus payments. Congrats to those who have received theirs! You've made it over the hurdles of this long, drawn-out race. For those of us who are still waiting, we continue to persevere. I'm doing my best to remain positive in spite of this whole ordeal. But it's not easy. I think the worst part of this experience is feeling singled out especially since I'm dealing with other stressful situations in my life. Nonetheless, I'm trying to stay hopeful that the rest of us who are still waiting will receive ours very soon. All we can do is our best to be proactive and stay positive.
Julie 80: I'm very sorry you're having to wait so long for your payment. It just isn't fair. I can assure you that if you're eligible...its coming. It's guaranteed. You will not be singled out as the one who won't get their due. I received mine on the 28th, as was stated on GMP. But, my wife hasn't received hers yet. Same bank, she's receives SSD, has been for 12 years via direct deposit. There's no reason she shouldn't have received her direct deposit yet. None. It just isn't her time, and she'll have to wait. She's angry as heck, but she knows it's coming. Stay encouraged. Don't let the wait defeat you. It's terribly unhealthy...
I am at the end of my rope. I have done everything. I put my info in the IRS.GOV website. Every day I check, and this morning, same thing. Information not available. WHY? Where is MY money? I called H&R Block yesterday, some woman checked something, said I had nothing to worry about, it would be coming, but no specifics. Other people in my state, same situation as me have theirs. I am scared. I need to know I am not the only one who hasn't gotten theirs. I know some people supposedly have been throwing theirs away thinking they are a scam. I don't throw mail away. It says if you are on SSI, it is supposed to be direct deposited into your account, just like your monthly check is. I have myself in literal knots over this.