THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The IRS has issued a special alert that several groups of federal benefit recipients need to act by today (Wednesday 22 April) if they didn't file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents, so that they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment.
In the alert, the IRS explain that "Following extensive work by the IRS and other government agencies, $1,200 automatic payments will be starting soon for those receiving Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries who didn't file a tax return in the last two years. No action is needed by these groups; they will automatically receive their $1,200 payment."
However, the alert goes on to note that "For those benefit recipients with children who aren't required to file a tax return, an extra step is needed to quickly add $500 per eligible child onto their automatic payment of $1,200. For people in these groups who have a qualifying child and didn't file a 2018 or 2019 tax return, they have a limited window to register to have $500 per eligible child added automatically to their soon-to-be-received $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. A quick trip to a special non-filer tool on IRS.gov by noon Eastern time, Wednesday, April 22, for some of these groups may help put all of their eligible Economic Income Payment into a single payment.
Explaining the importance of spreading the word, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said "We want to 'Plus $500' these recipients with children so they can get their maximum Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 plus $500 for each eligible child as quickly as possible ... They'll get $1,200 automatically, but they need to act quickly and register at IRS.gov to get the extra $500 per child added to their payment. These groups don't normally have a return filing obligation and may not realize they qualify for a larger payment. We're asking people and organizations throughout the country to share this information widely and help the IRS with the Plus $500 Push."
For more details on the deadline, and information on what you need to do to act, go to https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/ssa-rrb-recipients-with-eligible-children-need-to-act-by-wednesday-to-quickly-add-money-to-their-automatic-economic-impact-payment-irs-asks-for-help-in-the-plus-500-push