Social Security and the CARES Act

Apr 27, 2020

Note: NHRS is sharing this message from the NH State Social Security Administrator’s office with our retirees as a courtesy; NHRS has no role in the administration of Social Security benefits and cannot answer questions regarding the information below.

The NH State Social Security Administrator’s office at DHHS would like to pass along the following information that it received from the National Conference of Social Security Administrators (NCSSA) relative to eligibility for relief under the CARES Act.

Please click on this link for additional information:

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] at the NH State Social Security Administrator’s Office.

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Full text of letter from Social Security Subcommittee Committee on Ways and Means (U.S. House):

March 30, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee of Ways and Means’ Subcommittee on Social Security has put together an explainer on how the CARES Act works in terms of Social Security.

They want to make sure you know that state and local employees and retirees, including WEP and GPO people, are fully included!

(CARES is the latest coronavirus response package, which is moving through Congress this week and is expected to be enacted into law shortly.)

As the fact sheet explains, everyone in the US is eligible for the full rebates ($1200 per adult, $500 per minor child) as long as they have a Social Security number and don’t exceed the household income thresholds ($75,000 single/$150,000 married). There’s no exclusion based on type of income, whether it’s Social Security or government pensions or other benefits. So eligibility is exactly the same for WEP and GPO people as it is for other Social Security beneficiaries.

All of the payments will come from IRS, but IRS will be able to use information from SSA regarding Social Security beneficiaries (i.e. people who receive 1099-G forms from SSA). State and local retirees who do not receive any Social Security benefits will be eligible for rebates, just like everybody else. IRS will use their most recently-filed tax return to identify these individuals.

Finally, people who do not file tax returns are also eligible for the rebate, but may need to file some kind of form with IRS to claim theirs.

The Administration is still working out the details about how and when payments will be distributed, but we wanted you to have the basic information about eligibility right away. We’re pleased to be able to share this good news with you! Hope you’re all staying safe.

Elisa Walker
Professional Staff Member
Social Security Subcommittee Committee on Ways and Means, 
U.S. House of Representatives