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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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  1. Judy C.

    My child turned 18 before the end of 2019 but he is still in school. Why aren’t these children getting a $500.00 check too. They are in school and still a dependent. Can someone explain that to me. My son will be in school until the end of this school year. Still a child in school. Who is getting the checks for all those 17 year olds? Just don’t seem right when they still in school.

  2. Thomas E.

    I did not recieve my stimulas check yet on my direct ecpress card..i do not file taxes..i am on social security disability.. I went to the..GET MY PAYMENT APP..punched in my ss number. It told be my check was semt..it went to a bank ..i do not have a bank account..it read.******7201..it does not match my card..i need help finding out about it..if i am going to get one..

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Thomas, thank you for your question. The Internal Revenue Service, which is part of the Department of Treasury, will be making Economic Income Payments to eligible people. To help you quickly and easily determine whether you need to take any action to receive your Economic Impact Payment, or a payment for your qualifying child, check out the step-by-step instructions on the Social Security and Coronavirus web page: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/.

  3. Salome S.

    My kids get child auxiliary credits through my ssdi. I used the non-filter tool early enough And claimed my kids as dependents like normal as I would if I filed taxes. I only got $1200. I did not get any of the $500 per child for either child. I don’t know if it’s because technically they have their own income source. But I got nothing for them. They are both under 11 years old. It’s a shame. There is no customer service open at the IRS. And SSI won’t answer stimulus payment questions. Fell through the cracks with no support or remedy.

    • loida

      I have the same problem , i received ss survivor benefits and my two children received the same benefits from ssa, As what irs announced need to go to nonfilers to enter minor dependent in order to receive 500 for each child which i did . Last April 30 i received my stimulus check 1200 but i did not receive 500 for my children.. We need to bring this issue to irs and find out why..

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Salome, thank you for your question. The Internal Revenue Service, which is part of the Department of Treasury, will be making Economic Income Payments to eligible people. To help you quickly and easily determine whether you need to take any action to receive your Economic Impact Payment, or a payment for your qualifying child, check out the step-by-step instructions on the Social Security and Coronavirus web page: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/.

  4. JUDITH J.

    my adult son lived with my Husband and myself for 2018 2019 to care for us-,my Husband died 11/16/2019 and due to losing all income except SS I claimed my son for 2019. Can I pay back the $500.00 I received and restore his right to receive the 1200 check?

  5. Patricia L.

    I did get my stimulus payment of the 1200.00 on April 29th. I get ssi and SS and I have a depend and I don’t file any taxes. I did go in to the IRS and fill out the non tax form so I could get my daughter money. I filled it out on April 11th I can still go to the IRS website and follow the instructions to get me back to the text form I filled out. I can still see all my info that I put in to file. When I go to check it the page says the I don’t have to do anymore and I would get a letter. ** My question is when will I see my daughter 500.00 and will it come paper check or in my checking account. I’m a single mom and my daughter has autism and we are struggling real bad just like others. I can’t call anyone or send a email. Is there away you can leave me some kind of message. Thank you & Stay safe

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Patricia, thank you for your question. The Internal Revenue Service, which is part of the Department of Treasury, will be making Economic Income Payments to eligible people. To help you quickly and easily determine whether you need to take any action to receive your Economic Impact Payment, or a payment for your qualifying child, check out the step-by-step instructions on the Social Security and Coronavirus web page: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/

  6. Valerie A.

    I’m SSDI AND SURVIVOR BENEFITS, I file my taxes every year I don’t understand why my Stimulus payment was mailed instead of being direct deposited into my bank account on file with SSA? I have fallen behind in my bills and haven’t been able to buy groceries for myself in 3wks. I down to eating crackers and water I saw my doctor on Thursday April 30th, 2020,. I’m threatening a heart attack and a stroke if I don’t stop worrying about my bills and eating correctly, I was very sick in February when in to see my doctor had a bad case of the flu and pneumonia I’m still not completely recovered from that but I know that I’m Covered in the blood of Jesus Christ.
    Amen Amen ??????

  7. Alfreda S.

    Why aren’t the children age 17 receiving SSI and older adults receiving social security that were carried on parents or another caregivers tax return not receiving anything from stimulus package?

  8. Deana

    Ok I got my 1200 but didn’t get on 2 kids that I claimed they are 10. And 7 years old I filled out a nonfils thing awhile ago I draw ssa they just sent me my money on my direct express card but it wasn’t but 1200 not for kids what can I do about this thanks

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Teresa, thank you for your question. The Internal Revenue Service, which is part of the Department of Treasury, will be making Economic Income Payments to eligible people. To help you quickly and easily determine whether you need to take any action to receive your Economic Impact Payment, or a payment for your qualifying child, check out the step-by-step instructions on the Social Security and Coronavirus web page.

  9. Stacy L.

    Me and my husband both receive disability..we went thru the irs non filer site to register my 12 yr old son. Me and my husband received our stimulus but not my son. What can I do,?

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Stacy, thank you for your question. The Internal Revenue Service, which is part of the Department of Treasury, will be making Economic Income Payments to eligible people. To help you quickly and easily determine whether you need to take any action to receive your Economic Impact Payment, or a payment for your qualifying child, check out the step-by-step instructions on the Social Security and Coronavirus web page.

  10. James E.

    I need help applying for child benefit and also for me. please call me at (304)-676-6099 thank you Jim Eaves.

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