IRS announces deadline for SSI, VA recipients to quickly get stimulus payments for children

The IRS late Friday announced the deadline for recipients of Supplemental Security Income and Veterans Affairs benefits to submit information to the agency if they want money for their children to be included in the coronavirus relief payments they receive this year.

The IRS said payments of $1,200 will be issued soon to people who receive these benefits and aren’t required to file 2018 or 2019 tax returns. The agency said it needs information on people’s dependents by May 5 to include the extra $500 per child in their payments. People can provide the IRS with their information by using the agency’s web tool for non-filers.

The agency said the $500 will be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020 if the people do not use the online tool by May 5. 

“We want to ‘Plus $500’ these groups so they can get their maximum Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 and their $500 for each eligible child as quickly as possible,” said IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. “They’ll get $1,200 automatically, but they need to act quickly and use the Non-Filers tool on to get the extra $500 per child added to their payment.”

Those receiving Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits; Railroad Retirement benefits; Supplemental Security Income; or veterans compensation or pension benefits will automatically get their stimulus checks even if they did not file tax returns in the last two years. However, funds for their children will not be automatically included in the checks. 

Recipients of Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits needed to have submitted their dependent information to the IRS by April 22 in order to have the amounts for their children added to their automatic payments.

Democrats have pressed the IRS to ensure that recipients of Social Security and other benefits will promptly receive the full amount of the coronavirus rebates.

“To continue assisting struggling families during the COVID-19 crisis, we strongly urge your agencies to ensure that non-filers receive their stimulus payments – including additional payments for dependent children – as quickly as possible,” 40 Senate Democrats wrote in a letter sent Thursday to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul. 

The senators asked for the Treasury Department to “find another way forward that – without delaying any automatic $1,200 payments – ensures that these Social Security beneficiaries and their children quickly receive the full amount of cash assistance for which they are eligible.” 

The Treasury Department has said a deadline was needed to send the stimulus checks to Social Security recipients in a prompt manner. 

The IRS said that non-filers who receive Social Security benefits should receive their rebates in their bank accounts next week, while non-filers who receive Supplemental Security Income or veterans benefits should get their payments by mid-May.

Naomi Jagoda contributed. 

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