Important information for People on Social Security, Survivor or Disability, Railroad Retirement Benefits, VA benefits, and SSI Recipients

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If you have dependent children and get

  • Social Security
  • Survivor or disability
  • Or Railroad Retirement Benefits

You have until Noon on Wednesday April 22 to go online to get the $500 stimulus payment for each child.

If you miss this deadline you can register your children with the new non-filer tool at   You will still get your $1200 individual payment. You will have to wait until next year to get the additional $500 for your dependent child under 17.

Once a stimulus payment has been made, you cannot use the non-filer tool to get paid now. The stimulus payment is an advance credit for 2020 tax returns so if you miss the Wednesday deadline, you will not get your child’s tax until next year when you file a tax return.

You many not normally file a federal tax return because you earn under $12,200 as an individual or $24,400 as a married couple last year. You should use the non-filer tool.

If you receive

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or
  • Veteran Affairs benefits

And aren’t expected to file a tax return, you should also use the non-filer tool as soon as possible.  This is to let the IRS know about any dependent children you have, to get the $500 stimulus payment for your child. The Wednesday deadline does not apply to them right now. But there will be a deadline for you sometime soon. Sooner is better to make sure you get the payment now. Rather than the end of the year on your 2020 tax return.

SSI recipients will receive their automatic payments in early May. Veterans who receive compensation and pension will receive a payment at a future time to be determined.