Can you still claim the payment for your spouse or qualifying child this week?

Most Americans have already received their stimulus check and that of their spouses and children but, there are some people who the IRS recently informed can still claim the money and receive it this year. Are you included?

According to the IRS website, Social Security, Railroad Retirement, and Department of Veteran Affairs benefit recipients who already received a $1,200 payment now have until November 21 to register for a payment for their spouse or qualifying child.

Recipients of Social Security, SSI, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Railroad Retirement benefits who used the Non-Filers tool May 5 through August 15 to provide information on qualifying children and have not yet received the $500 do not need to take any action. The IRS will automatically issue the qualifying child payment in October.

However, an eligible non-beneficiary spouse may need to take action to receive their $1,200 Payment and the $500 per qualifying child, for whom the information has not been provided.

Even if the benefit recipient missed an earlier deadline to do so, a non-beneficiary spouse of a benefit recipient can still use the Non-Filer tool to get their $1,200 and add any qualifying children if the spouse is an eligible individual and is not required to file a tax return,

If eligible, the spouse may use the Non-Filers tool only if he or she is not required to file a return for 2019 or 2018 and has not been issued their own Economic Impact Payment. The spouse should enter information as a “Single” filer in the tool instead of Married Filing Joint.

The Get My Payment tool may be used to check the status of the payment.

Another Notice 1444 will be sent in the mail stating that the additional $500 EIP per qualifying child was issued. This notice must be kept with your tax records.

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