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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

Darlynda Bogle, Assistant Deputy Commissioner


  1. Judith O.

    Our adult handicapped child with Down syndrome and severe intellectual and developmentally disabled and receives SSDI benefits by direct deposit from his Dads social security and we haven’t claimed him on our taxes and we don’t fill out income taxes for him because we were told he receives too much money! When I checked it says they are checking for information?? Why hasn’t he received his stimulus check?

  2. BONNIE J.


  3. James B.

    Please direct deposit my 1,200.00
    Into my bank account ( the same account my social security check is deposited into )
    IBC international bank of commerce in Eagle Pass,Texas.
    James Boyd Criscoe Jr.
    Account # xxxx xxx xxx
    My address was 2429 East Main St.Apt 2
    Eagle Pass Texas 788521
    ( I no longer receive mail at that address )
    ( DIRECT DEPOSIT, into my checking account please )
    Please email me back ASAP
    ( I no longer have a phone )
    URGENT you email me back!!!
    Thank You
    James Boyd Criscoe Jr

    • Jess

      Wow are you stupid.

      • Mack

        For real! They have to be dumb AF!

    • Peter

      Stupid tell the whole world your info, you deserve not get one eip ck

  4. Leona M.

    Leona Lilly live FlatTop,WV. Ronald Lilly. Husband. I have direct deposit.No one else lives here. My husband got. His .1200.Now I got 100.00. I thought married get 2400.00 please help me ,why did this happen. Thank you! Leona Lilly

  5. Fred C.

    I have Aphasia due to a stroke; thus, it is difficult for me to understand that my wife applies for benefits as a dependant or to follow the procedures to file for Economic Impact Payments (EIP).
    We are under the impression that as a legally married couple would receive $2500 automatically. I receive $1200 under the edict of SSI eligibility, but my wife did not receive who form of disability or SSI payments.

    What should I do if the above is correct? If not, please reply to a reason why she does not qualify for the EIP.
    Thank you –

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Fred, thank you for your question. Please visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments Information Center to answer your questions about eligibility, payment amounts, what to expect, when to expect it and more. You may also find the IRS Online Tool Guide helpful to determine what action you may need to take. Hopefully this information is helpful.

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  7. Joseph f.

    I bank with chase you need my account number for direct deposit for my $1200

    • Jessica

      They will deposit a bank account directly into your account where you receive the ssi and if you do not receive the ssi, then you must put your bank account in the direct application on the irs page

  8. Barbara J.

    So I let my daughter claim me this year on her taxes and I get Social security, and I’m her Mom
    Do I still get a Stimulus check..I’m 64 yrs old…

    • Becca

      No, not if someone else claimed you as a dependent.

  9. Larry R.

    My name is Larry R.Rhoades I have not received my stimulus check is there a reason for that? I’m not on any kind of benefits. I’m eligible for it. I have direct deposit to a prepaid card. Get my payment tool tells me status unavailable at this time. Does anyone know why that is?

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Larry, 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:

      • Norman r.

        This solution that you keep cutting and pasting isn’t helping. The getmypayment tool on the irs website has to be broken or something. Many of us on SSDI haven’t received or EIP which was suppose to happen by the end of April. Also, a lot of us are get Status Unavailable from the irs getmypayment tool when SSR, SSDI, and RRB beneficiary’s are supposedly loaded into the irs database from the SSA already for the EIP.

        Now the ssi and VA beneficiary’s aren’t in the getmypayment tool yet but what’s up with the SSDI people.

        Stop referring us to the irs and help us. Believe me most of us have tried everything to figure this out on our own. I send the irs feedback everyday.

        You do know there is no one at the Irs to talk to about this right now?

        Please do some real help for us on SSA benefits especially people that should be able to see a EIP status right now which excludes SSI beneficiary’s but they’ll supposedly be loaded into the irs database this week if they are lucky.

        We need help and useful answers please.

        Thank you

  10. Raimundo A.

    I dont filled income tax 1918 either 1919 i would like to know if i will receive the covic 19, benefits.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Raimundo, 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:

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