$500 Stimulus Check for Children: IRS Extends Filing Deadline

The Internal Revenue Service is giving Americans another chance to collect stimulus payments for their children.

People who haven’t received the $500 per child payment — and may have been overlooked because they don’t file taxes — can now use the IRS.gov tool to provide their information through Sept. 30.

According to the IRS, the group includes people with qualifying children “who receive social security retirement, survivor or disability benefits, supplemental security income (SSI), railroad retirement benefits and veterans affairs compensation and pension benefits — and did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019.”

The IRS said the payments would be issued by mid-October.

“Given the extremely high demand for EIP assistance, we have continued to prioritize and increase resource allocations to eligible individuals, including those who may be waiting on some portion of their payment. To help with this, we are allocating additional IRS resources to ensure eligible recipients receive their full payments during this challenging time,” said said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in a statement.

The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, which was approved in March. At that time, Americans earnings $75,000 or less were set to receive $1,200 payments. The amount was reduced for those earning between $75,000 and $100,000 — and those earnings more than $100,000 were not entitled to any payout. Congress included the $500 per child payment in the package.

An unknown number of people said they still have not received the first round of checks — months later — after the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service said in June that 159 million payments had been issued.

Now Congress is debating the next round of stimulus relief — and so far, Democrats and Republicans haven’t been able to agree on the terms. A new deal could put a second round of $1,200 checks into the hands of cash-strapped families, who were hoping to receive the payments this month.

But that is looking increasingly unlikely.

The Senate adjourned last week after talks stalled, but some insiders believe lawmakers could return early from their summer break. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats already called for the House to come back to Washington, D.C. to tackle upheaval over the Post Office.

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