What happens if I didn’t get the $500 stimulus for my child?

Social Security recipients – including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – railroad retirees, and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI), and Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiaries can now submit information for qualifying children using the IRS Non-filer tool. Additional stimulus payments for dependents are worth $500 per qualifying child. The IRS announced this option is only available between August 15 and September 30, 2020. After September 30, you will have to wait until 2021 to get your additional stimulus payment by filing a 2020 tax return.

If you added your children to the Non-filer tool after the first deadline of May 5, you don’t need to do anything. You will get your additional stimulus payment in October.

Payments are delivered the same way you got your first stimulus payment. It will be directly deposited to the same account or mailed to the same address on record.

What if I don’t receive any of the identified federal benefits and still haven’t gotten the stimulus for my dependents yet?

There was a glitch with the Non-filer tool earlier in the year. If you used the tool before May 17, 2020 and didn’t receive your additional stimulus for your children, the IRS has corrected this and issued direct deposit payments on August 5, 2020 and mailed paper checks or debit cards on August 7, 2020. If you have not received your additional stimulus by the end of August, contact your local Taxpayer Advocate Service office for help.

If you used the Non-Filer tool on or after May 17, 2020, your stimulus payment included the additional $500 payment for each qualifying child.

Can I check the status of the payment for my children?

You can use the IRS Get My Payment tool to check the status of your additional stimulus payment for your children. You’ll get another Notice 1444 in the mail to let you know the additional stimulus payment for your dependents was issued.

What if I need help filling out the Non-filer Form?

You can call United Way’s 211 Economic Impact Payment Helpline at 1-844-322-3639 with any questions or for support on filling out the form. If you want someone to fill out the form on your behalf, you can use Code for America’s Get Your Refund service.


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