Update on $500 per child payments for federal beneficiaries

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October 23, 2020

As part of an effort to help people who were unable to provide their information in time to receive Economic Impact Payments for their qualifying children, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that federal beneficiaries who didn't register to receive $500 per child payments earlier this year now have additional time.

Following recent IRS programming updates, anyone who registers using the Non-Filers: Enter Info Here before the 3 p.m. Eastern November 21 extended due date will receive an EIP, if eligible. This includes federal beneficiaries who already received an EIP but did not receive a supplemental $500 payment for qualifying children.

This additional time allows them to enter information on their qualifying children using the Non-Filers tool on IRS.gov.

Those eligible to provide this information include people with qualifying children who receive Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Railroad Retirement benefits and Veterans Affairs Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefits and did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019.

The IRS also urges anyone who didn't have a requirement to file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 to register for an Economic Impact Payment by using the Non-Filers tool before the November 21 deadline.

As a reminder, anyone using the Non-Filers tool can speed the arrival of their payment by choosing to receive it by direct deposit. Those not choosing this option will get a check. Beginning two weeks after they register, people can track the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool, available only on IRS.gov.