By now, most people have received a check from the government as part of the recent economic stimulus bill, but if you haven’t — don’t panic. There are some good reasons why it’s not there yet.

But one of those reasons is that you aren’t required to file a 2018 or 2019 tax return, and haven’t used the non-filer tool to register for the stimulus money.

If you receive SSI or VA benefits and have kids under the age of 17, you qualify for $500 per child. But hurry — you only have a few more days to apply!

Here’s what you need to know:


You have until May 5 to register for the $500 per child payment.

If you’re someone who receives Veterans Affairs benefits or Supplemental Security Income — and aren’t required to file 2018 or 2019 taxes — use the IRS’s non-filer tool by the May 5 deadline to receive your $500 per child payment.

People who receive SSI or VA benefits should receive their automatic payments by mid-May.

Registering after the deadline doesn’t affect your $1,200 per adult payment.

If you’re a benefits recipient who doesn’t file taxes, you still should get your $1,200 per adult stimulus payment automatically. But if you miss the May 5 deadline, you’ll have to wait until next year to get paid for the children in your household.



If you filed 2018 or 2019 taxes, though, the payments should go right into your account.

If you’re a regular tax filer, there’s no need to register for the stimulus check or the payment per child — you’ll most likely receive a check automatically via mail or direct deposit (and you can be alerted when the money is sent). Learn more about when you’ll get your stimulus check.


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