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

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

  1. I receive SSI. I did the non-filer tool on April 10th, got an approval email the same day. My stimulus money was deposited on April 29th, minus the $500 for my grandchild whom I have custody of. Will I be getting it in May? I have heard on FB many people are in the same situation. Doesn’t seem to me that the non-filer tool has made any difference.

    • Hi, Wanetta. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is part of the U.S. Treasury, will be making Economic Income Payments. Please visit the Internal Revenue Service’s website here for all your Economic Income Payment-related questions. If you are unable to find the answer, call the IRS hotline at 1-800-919-9835. We hope this helps.

    • Hi, Isidra. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is part of the U.S. Treasury, will be making Economic Income Payments. Please visit the Internal Revenue Service’s website here for all your Economic Income Payment-related questions. If you are unable to find the answer, call the IRS hotline at 1-800-919-9835. We hope this helps.

  2. I’m 70 on social security. I live on less than $1,000 a month. I have not gotten my stimulus check. Everyone in my building have gotten theirs. Why haven’t gotten mine. I need it !!!

  3. Hi I received my stimulate payment for me but didn’t get any money for my both boys and I file it on May 5

    • I’m in the same boat..i filed back April 10. I had a tax professional look at my print out and we found that the nonfiler app never asked for his birthday…i don’t understand either..im waiting..Ty

  4. Vasco S Reaves, Jr I have not received my stimulus payment could you please tell me when I will receive it thank you

  5. Is ANYONE on disability who used the non filer’s tool for their dependents EVER getting the $500 per child? The only one’s I’ve heard of getting it are payees. Not 1 person on disability with non payee dependents has received the $500 per child!

  6. I have been disabled since 2004, i didn’t file income tax because the gross amount was right around 1000 dollars and wasn’t a substantial amount to claim. Now everyone in my family have received their checks except me. What seems to be the problem .

  7. i do live overseas and i do receive my social security every month through SSA by direct deposit to my account,till now i have not received my coronavirus tax relief,by the way i am not required to file income tax,every time i go to IRS.gov website to check out the payment they say we do not have enough information,but if the IRS will contact SSA they will find out all the information can any one help with advice,thank you

  8. I haven’t received my monthly social security supplement check in 3 months, and cant seem to find out why. Pls help

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