Virtually everyone has experienced impacts from the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Like many others in America, you may be staying at home, avoiding crowds and trying your best to be socially distant. You may also be looking forward to hopefully getting support from the government through a stimulus check within the next few weeks.
If you are currently on disability benefits, will this affect your ability to get a stimulus check? Will you lose your disability benefits if you get a check from the government? It is important to know what to expect and how you can protect your long-term interests. You don’t want to leave any money on the table, but you also don’t want to compromise the financial support you need.
What should you know?
Recipients of disability benefits from the Social Security Administration may think they are not eligible because they have no recent tax returns. The Department of the Treasury recently announced that individuals who do not typically file for Social Security disability benefits will not have to file in order to get their stimulus checks.
As an SS beneficiary, your check will come from the Department of the Treasury, not the SSA. It will come in the same manner that you normally receive your benefits check. This support has no bearing on your ability to retain your disability benefits, and you do not have to fear that accepting this one-time check will impact the support you will need well into the future.
As a recipient of SS disability benefits, you understand how important it is to be aware of eligibility requirements. You will want to be especially careful regarding any income you receive, with the exception of the stimulus check, as this could impact your benefits. If you earn too much, you will no longer be able to get disability benefits. This is the case even if you remain unable to work.
The answers you need
If you have any questions regarding your disability benefits, your stimulus check or anything else that could impact your financial support, you may want to speak with an experienced West Virginia attorney about your case. With your financial interests at stake, you will want to have the answers you need to make smart and practical decisions going forward.