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Stimulus Alert: If You Are a SSI or VA Recipient and Have Children, Act Now to Get $500 Per Child

Written by Charlie

If you are a SSI or VA recipient with children, you need to read this post and act today! If your child is under 17, you could get $500 per child but you need to act.

The checks have been going out the door of the IRS for over a week now and direct deposits of stimulus money has been going on for a couple of weeks. While most people do not need to fill out anything to get their share of stimulus money, there is one section of the population that needs to file a particular form before May 5 to get $500 per child!

Stimulus Check for Children of SSI or VA Recipients – “Plus $500 Push”

I have written a number of posts about the stimulus checks that you can read below but this one is for a particular section of people that fit in the following categories (all of them):

  • You are a SSI or VA beneficiary recipient
  • You did not file a 2018 or 2019 return
  • You have a child (or children) under the age of 17
  • You did not fill out the Non-Filer’s form
Is This You? This is What You Need to Do NOW!

If you fit all those check marks above, you will need to fill out the Non-Filer’s form by May 5th to get the $500 per child under 17 years of age. This is due to the fact that there is not a record with the IRS that you have such a child and that you would be eligible for the $500 for that child.

You do not need to do anything at all to receive your own $1,200 check but this is for those people that have children as well.

In the Words of the IRS – Their “Plus $500 Push”

Here is the information direct from the IRS about this:

SSI and VA recipients who have children and who weren’t required file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 should visit the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool on By quickly taking steps to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they can receive the $500 per dependent child payment automatically in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. Otherwise, their payment at this time will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.

SSI and VA recipients who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments should receive their automatic payments by mid-May. If they have children and aren’t required to file a tax return, both groups are urged to use the Non-Filers tool as soon as possible before the May 5 deadline. Once the deadline passes and processing begins on the $1,200 payment, they will not be eligible to use the Non-Filers tool to add eligible children. Their payment will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.

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  • I received my $1200 but not the $500 for my daughter. I filed my information using the non-filers link on the website and it was accepted April 22. My daughter is 9 and is the one who receives ssi disability every month. I am her benefit payee. I am just confused as to why I didn’t receive the $500 for her.

    • You should receive a letter from the IRS soon and it will have information on there on how to contact the IRS if there is a mistake. Worst case, you can claim her on a return next year for 2019 and receive it then. I know it does not help now but at least you would still be able to get it.

  • I want to no when will I get my SSI check, the frist of the month has been here and gone I thought it said the same time you receive your check every month. Why are they making SSI people wait do long to get that money.ecplane that to me

  • I also received my $1200, and did not receive the $500 for my child. I filled out the Non-filers before Easter. I receive Disability. I don’t make enough to file taxes. It doesn’t make sense for us(people who don’t file) to have to file, plus wait until next year to receive the money that you(IRS) made a mistake and didn’t send it when you should have. I am not only talking about this for myself, but for others that are in the same situation as me.

    • You are right and I am sorry that you are still waiting. The biggest problem is that it went fastest for the people that already had things on file with the IRS and trying to get it to people who have information with SSA and the VA is holding it up longer.

      • Hi I’m ricky I still get my stimulus check I’m disable but there’s one thing people who have caregivers like me are still waiting but it doesn’t say anything about people who have caregivers will we still get the stimulus checks I’ve check every day but nothing yet

  • Way we did not get the stimulus check I am on Social Securitywhat taking so long when will I get the stimulus check let me know

    • Unfortunately, it has been taking longer to get the SSI and VA recipients their stimulus checks due to the information being in different agencies/administrations. Hopefully, you will get it soon.

  • I am my sons payee and i also receive ssi. But older son claims us as dependents. Doesnt receive any extra for us. Will we get a check this time or if they do a second one will we get one then?

  • You said that if your back on child support. Your stimulus would go for back child support. Thats not right that the state. Is going to keep. The stimulus. The ones that. Still. Are owed back child support are not going to get it the state is going to keep it. You well not get it. So all the ones thay tjink that your going to get that back child support money forget it its goung to the state. That not right. They. Play it right. We got. Taken again