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SSI Recipients: Act by May 5 to Get $500 Economic Impact Payment Now for Your Child

May 5, 2020 • By

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Last Updated: March 17, 2021

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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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Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner

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  1. William L.

    I receive retirement benefits which are deposited to my local bank account here in Israel. Will the SSA furnish my banking details to the IRS or do I have to go to the payment app?

  2. Billy R.

    I’m on SSDI and have a direct express card and havnt received any stimulus money yet and its May 5th.Are they still sending us a payment??

  3. Lashonda H.

    I apply on april 13 on the nonfillers automatic fill out because i have 2 dependents under 17 i didnt recieve my 500 each child only the 1200 then i look back and seen the print part didnt have a check mark by kids credit but it didnt give me a choice to put it there so when will i recieve the 500 for the kids need to know because i did what it told me do?

  4. Selena

    I have a Representative Payee,My SSI is direct deposited onto The Direct Express card, I am not required to file taxes and no dependents, My parents both recieved their Stimulus but I have not, according to the time frames I should of received mine end of April 1st of May. Is there different guidelines for SSI recipients who have Payee’s?

    • Peter

      Did your parents claim you as a dependent? If so you wont get one if not your payee got it in your name, and is holding it for you , and ps all should go on twitter to complain, social security does not care, its the irs who mail it out and messed it up

  5. Alice T.

    I am on SSDI direct deposit and have not received my stimulus payment. The online tool told me it’s in the mail. Everyone else I know got their check in the mail but I did not.

    Any suggestions?

  6. Ann T.

    Thank you for the info, but my children are grown. I should have been able to get S.S and disability though, as I have not been able to work I would have if I could have Do not understand the illegal immigrant grants however If I broke the law, I would be put n jail, not rewarded.

  7. Cathy W.

    If you have a child that turned 17 in November and is receiving survivor benefits from one parent. And the other parent claims them on their income tax are they entitled to the impact check. We cannot find this answer anywhere. He turned Seventeen November 19 I hope someone can help with this answer before it’s too late

    • Read t.

      No. He’s over 16 and claimed as your dependent. He will not receive any kind of payment

  8. Hector V.

    When will I get my $1,200.00 dollar check

  9. Christina M.

    Hi this Christina maggard and I get SSI and SSA I being told there is point to file tax because won’t get enough from both my check and Social Security tolding me that all I what to know is will I still the check of 1,200 because right now it will me to pay bills and food so can you please let me know something because have not get the check yet

    • Ralph D.

      Go back to school, your grammar is sub par!!!

  10. Gigitc

    I recieve ssa survivor benefits. Still nothing.

    • Cheryl M.

      I receive SSDI & have for 11 years now after working 30 years in corporate management. I am beyond disappointed in the payment schedule for SSI/SSDI recipients, as I have viewed three (3) different Direct Express accounts deposit dates, the first was April 29th of last week. Then May 8th, & now it states mid-May. I have no dependents. Information continues to change & I feel as if I am caught in a revolving door. State welfare recipients received their stimulus checks late last week & here we are.
      I have never seen such poor strategic planning on behalf of the IRS who is supposed to be considered a trusted source to handle funds for our country. The payment timeline initially scheduled, per our Government & someone needs to be held accountable for not only the confusion, but the flaws that should have been discussed prior to this COVID stimulus package. Be proactive not reactive.

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