URGENT News About Economic Impact Payments: May 5th Deadline to Claim Dependent Child Payments This Year

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May 5 is the final day for SSI recipients who did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return to claim their dependent children on the IRS non-filers’ web tool in order to receive the additional $500 per qualifying child this year. Those who do not file by 5/5 can still claim the $500 economic impact payment per dependent child by filing a 2020 tax return.

Individuals on SSI, SSDI or VA benefits, and those who filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return, should receive their $1200 Economic Impact Payment automatically, either by check or direct deposit.

More info here:

https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/assets/materials/economic-impact-payments-for-social-security-and-ssi-recipients.pdf

For further information on EIP eligibility, fraud alerts and FAQ, please see Bay Area Legal Aid’s webpage on economic impact payments:

https://baylegal.org/homepage/baylegals-covid-19-response/public-benefits-during-the-covid-19-emergency/covid-19-economic-impact-payments/

Please share this information widely with family, community members, and current or former clients who are on SSI or VA benefits and have dependent children.