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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. Lauri j.

    I received mine on the 2oth may direct deposit. No child stimulus money but I’ll just wait , I did the non filers for 2 kids on may4th ,before due date on may 5th. [#now just hoping none OF THIS STIMULUS: Messes up our Normal disability checks &insurance A month.]

  2. rebecca j.

    i get both ssi and ssa i have been recieving since 2005 everyone i know has recieved their stimulus but me and i cant get the get my payment to tell me anything my son who lives with me has lost his job due to covid 19 and we need this to catch up bills and rent he revied his in april and we paid bills but now we behind and there is 5 kids in our home plzzzzz help me find out something

  3. Anthony S.

    Im a SS Retiree and 100% disabled Veteran, both of these departments should have given the same exact info for my Direct Deposit to the IRS, and STILL I haven’t received anything! I gave nearly everything to my country for 4 years, some blood, and my health, and damned lucky to still be above ground and this is the thanks I get from a, still ungrateful nation! Semper Fi MFers…

  4. Lamnhay S.

    There isn’t. a such thing as child labor support is there my stimulus ancient was snagged perhaps there’s no records but it’s missing what’s the verdict please assidt.

  5. Laniqua F.

    I am a ssi recipient with a 14 year old daughter filed the nonfilers by deadline and didn’t get the $500 i am frustrated why not thats not fair

  6. Cortneycovey

    My daughter receives a SSI check and I’m her payee I havent filled taxes in yrs, will I get a stimulas check or do I need to file a non fillers form?

  7. virginia L.

    .I am the payee for my daughter,she has not received her stimulus payment yet what other steps do I need to take to make sure she get her payment

  8. Debra T.

    I’m on social security disability and still have not received a stimulus payment yet. My husband is also on social security disability and received his stimulus payment on April 29. We both have the same bank account and have direct deposit. Both disability payments are received at the same time with direct deposit. I do not understand why I haven’t received a stimulus payment yet. I know I’m eligible. I’m wondering what has happened. I have been on disability for the past 6 years. I would like to know what happened or when I’ll receive a stimulus payment.

  9. kecia r.

    I am on SSDI with direct. disposit. And i still haven’t received my Stimulus check. The payment tool is not working for me

    • Peter

      Same here, i didn’t get it either, the i r s did mess up some yrs. Back ,, they sent me my dads check to me ! Why cause we share the same name, even with different ss#’s i got it ! So now they send mine to him who long time dead some 10 yrs. Or more ! I r s and the social security are both goof balls in one pocket , i never needed that stimulus i was going to save it ,. But if. i do mean. IF. I get it im saving it

  10. Terry B.

    May 5 deadline and I get this on May 17. I did know about the deadline as it was on the News frequently. It does make me wonder about why I get this newsletter tho’.

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