Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul has an important message for Supplemental Security Income Recipients. According to a recent press release from the Social Security Administration, those who receive SSI with dependents and who do not file tax returns must take action in order to receive the $500 per qualifying child payment included in the COVID-19 stimulus package.

“Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department in early May. People receiving SSI benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes, and have qualifying children under age 17, however, should not wait for their automatic $1,200 individual payment. They should immediately go to the IRS’s webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Information section to provide their information.”

The deadline for these individuals to submit their information is Tuesday, May 5. “By taking this proactive step to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If people in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, their payment at this time will be $1,200 only. They would then be required to file the tax year 2020 tax return to obtain the additional $500 per eligible child.”

Please go to IRS.gov as soon as possible. Failure to provide the information by Tuesday, May 5 will result in months of waiting for the $500 payment per qualifying child during these difficult times due to the novel coronavirus. Take immediate action to “receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you and your family are eligible for.”

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