Economic Impact Payments: Registration Reopens to Claim Children

The IRS reopened the registration period for federal beneficiaries who didn’t receive $500 per child economic impact payments (EIPs) earlier this year.

stimulus checkFrom August 15 through September 30, eligible recipients should use the Non-Filers tool to enter information on their qualifying children to receive the supplemental $500 payments. No action is needed for those that have already provided information on children using the Non-Filers tool. The payments are expected to be issued by mid-October.

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

Any eligible people who miss the September 30 deadline will need to wait until next year and claim it as a credit on their 2020 federal income tax return.

Eligible recipients can check the status of their EIPs using the Get My Payment tool. They will also receive a notice verifying the $500-per-child supplemental payment and should keep it with other tax records.

Spouses of deceased taxpayers

Some EIPs to spouses of deceased taxpayers were cancelled due to the Treasury determining that those who died before receipt of the EIP should not receive the advance payment. The IRS is working on a solution to reissue payments to surviving spouses of deceased taxpayers who were unable to deposit the initial EIPs paid to the deceased and surviving spouse. The surviving spouse will automatically receive their share of the EIP.

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