Deadline is Wednesday to claim a $500 stimulus benefit for kids

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If people getting Social Security, disability or veterans benefits don’t tell the IRS by 9 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday about kids eligible for $500 stimulus payments, they won’t get that money this year.
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Individuals receiving Social Security, disability or veterans benefits have until Wednesday morning to tell the Internal Revenue Service about any children eligible for $500 stimulus payments or else they’ll have to wait until next year to receive the money.

The IRS has repeatedly said that people who get these federal benefits need to submit information to the agency if they have a dependent child age 16 or under. Monday is the first time the agency said that information must be in by Wednesday. The deadline that day is 9 a.m. Pacific.

The information can be submitted at:


Adults who receive Social Security, disability or veterans benefits don’t need to take any action to receive the $1,200 stimulus payment for themselves because the IRS already has their bank information. But the IRS doesn’t know if they have a child eligible for the additional benefit.

“Their $1,200 payments will be issued soon and, in order to add the $500 per eligible child amount to these payments, the IRS needs the dependent information before the payments are issued,” the agency said in a press release Monday.

“Otherwise, their payment at this time will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020,” the IRS said.

The IRS has said that recipients of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Veterans Affairs benefits will receive their stimulus funds through the same process they get their other benefits. Those payments should start arriving by the end of April, according to the House Ways and Means Committee.

More than a million U.S. citizens have been blocked from receiving stimulus checks because their immigrant spouses don’t have Social Security numbers.

April 17, 2020