Important deadline extended for non-filers with dependents applying for federal stimulus

The new deadline to claim dependents is May 5.

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While millions have received the coronavirus stimulus relief check, a crucial deadline looms for people who haven’t been paid yet.

If you didn’t file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and have dependent children, you must register with the IRS by noon on May 5 to get an additional $500 economic impact payment for dependents — or else you’ll have to wait until you file your 2020 tax return to get the money.

Fill out a non-filer form to get the full economic impact payment if these three things apply to yyou:

  • You get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits
  • You have qualifying children under 17 — and
  • You didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019

You must fill out this form and submit it by noon Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 5.

If you miss this deadline, you’ll still get your $1,200 payment, but not an additional $500 per dependent child under 17. Instead, you will need to wait to get the additional payment when you file your tax year 2020 return.

However, do not use this tool if you’ll be filing a 2019 return. According to the IRS, if you are required to file a return, using this tool will NOT speed up your economic impact payment. Instead, it’s likely to slow down processing of your tax return and getting any money.

The deadline is applies to those receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, supplemental security income, railroad retirement benefits, or Veteran’s Affairs benefits.

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