SSI Recipients: Act by May 5 to Get $500 Economic Impact Payment Now for Your Child
Last Updated: March 17, 2021
Millions of Americans have already received their Economic Impact Payments. Many more will get theirs as the IRS continues to send payments. People who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation and pension benefits will receive up to $1,200 automatically. However, some people in this group, those who did not file a tax return and who have a child under 17, must act by May 5th to receive a $500 payment for each qualifying child now. If you miss the deadline, you will receive your $1,200 payment, but you will need to wait until next year to file a tax return to get money for your qualifying child.
Deadline is May 5
You need to act by today to get it. If you receive SSI or VA benefits, did not file a tax return, and have qualifying children under age 17, you must provide each child’s information to the IRS using their Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here online tool by May 5.
A qualifying child is someone who:
- Is your child, stepchild, eligible foster child, sibling, half sibling, stepsibling or descendant, including your grandchild, niece or nephew.
- Can be claimed as a dependent on your tax return. For those who don’t usually file a tax return, include the child’s information in the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool by May 5.
- Was younger than 17 at the end of the 2019 tax year.
- Is a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. resident alien.
- Has a valid Social Security number or an adoption taxpayer identification number.
Some people have older dependents. This may include your parent or a college student. Here are a couple things to know about dependents 17 or older:
- You won’t get money for those dependents.
- If they’re claimed as a dependent, they aren’t eligible for their own $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.
If you’re married, you must also provide additional information using the Non-Filer tool to claim the full $2,400 payment as long as your spouse didn’t receive Social Security (disability or SSI) benefits, Railroad Retirement Board benefits, or VA benefits in 2019. Also, your spouse did not have to file a tax return in the last two years. Payments of $1,200 are automatic for people who don’t normally file a tax return even if they receive:
- Social Security (Retirement, Survivors, Disability).
- Supplemental Security Income.
- Railroad Retirement benefits.
Important Message for Direct Express Card Holders: If you use the Non-Filer Tool to enter dependent information, you will not receive your automatic $1,200 payment on your Direct Express card. You will receive both your $1,200 payment and each child’s $500 payment on a non-Direct Express bank account you can provide, or by mail if you leave bank information empty, and only if the IRS has not already processed your $1,200 payment. If you do not use the Non-Filer Tool, you will receive your automatic $1,200 payment on your Direct Express card, and you will need to file a tax return next year to get a $500 payment per eligible child.
For more information, please visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments website.
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