[Nfbnet-members-list] Time Sensitive Special Alert for Social Security, SSDI, & SSI Recipients with Dependent Children

Pare, John JPare at nfb.org
Tue Apr 21 15:07:29 UTC 2020

Dear Fellow Federationists:

As I mentioned in the Special Bulletin last week, the information and guidance surrounding the Economic Impact Payments authorized by the CARES Act is updated frequently, and, in this case, with little warning. This time it's urgent that if you have a dependent child under the age of 17 and are a Social Security retirement, SSDI, or SSI recipient, you act quickly in order to receive the full amount of Economic Impact Payment for which you are eligible. If you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return and are expecting an Economic Impact Payment, this message does not apply to you, and you should receive your payment as expected.

Late Monday afternoon, the IRS announced that anyone who is receiving their Economic Impact Payment solely as a result of their Social Security retirement or SSDI benefits and who have a dependent child under the age of 17 will need to enter their information into the IRS Non-Filers: Enter Payment Information<https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here> page by no later than Wednesday, April 22 at 12 p.m., EST in order to receive the additional $500 payment per child this year. SSI recipients will have a later deadline, but we strongly recommend entering your information as soon as possible. If, for some reason, you are unable to enter your information between now and then, you will still be eligible to receive the $500 dependent child addition, you'll just have to wait longer for it. If the IRS does not have your information by April 22 at 12 p.m., EST, you will need to file a tax return for tax year 2020 in order to receive the $500 for each dependent child in 2021.

Please note that this announcement does not affect your Economic Impact Payment of $1,200. You will still receive that automatically. Entering your information is strictly related to the timely receipt of your $500 per eligible dependent child and is solely applicable to Social Security retirement, SSDI, and SSI recipients. If you do not have any dependent children, then no action is needed.

For information related to many other aspects of the CARES Act or COVID-19 in general, please visit our COVID-19 Resources<https://www.nfb.org/resources/covid-19-resources> page.

As always, stay safe.

Warm regards,


John G. Paré Jr.

Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy

National Federation of the Blind

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Baltimore, MD 21230

Telephone: (410) 659-9314, extension 2218

Cell phone: (410) 917-1965

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Email: jpare at nfb.org<mailto:jpare at nfb.org>

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