Most recipients of Social Security, Railroad Retirement, and VA benefits who are not required to file taxes do not need to take action in order to receive their economic impact paments.
However, if these nonfilers have dependents under the age of 17, immediate action is required to get the additional $500 for each dependent.
Social Security retirement/survivor/disability recipients and Railroad Retirement recipients must act by 11:00 am this Wednesday, April 22, if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents. Recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Veterans Affairs benefits have slightly more time as their payments will be made later.
Both groups are urged to use the Non-filer tool as soon as possible. Once their $1,200 payment has been issued, they will not be eligible to use the Non-Filer 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