CLEVELAND — As the Internal Revenue Service deposits Economic Impact Payments into the bank accounts of qualifying Americans, those who receive Social Security benefits and have dependent children who did not file taxes within the past two years need to enter their information on the IRS’ website by Wednesday to receive their payments as soon as possible.
If you receive Social Security retirement, survivors or disability insurance benefits, you did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and you have qualifying children under age 17, entering your information by Wednesday, April 22 will ensure you receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to the $1,200 individual payment.
The Social Security Administration said that if social security beneficiaries with qualifying children do not provide their information to the IRS by the deadline they will only receive the individual $1,200 payment and will be required to file a tax return for the 2020 tax year to receive the additional $500 per eligible child. Those in this category who do not enter their information by Wednesday may not receive the additional $500 per eligible child payment for "several months," the administration said.
Social Security beneficiaries without qualifying children and those who have just begun receiving Social Security or SSI benefits as of Jan. 1, 2020, who also did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, may need to enter their information with the IRS, but a deadline has not been set at this time, according to the administration.
To submit your information to the IRS, click here.
Individuals who receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits who do not have qualifying children under the age of 17, do not need to do anything and will automatically receive the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment directly from the IRS, as long as they received an SSA-1099 for 2019.
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