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IRS re-opens stimulus filing for parents who didn't get $500 child payments

The IRS has re-opened registration for people who receive certain benefits and did not receive a $500 dependent stimulus.

SEATTLE — The IRS has re-opened the registration for Americans who are eligible for the $500-per-child payment available under the March coronavirus stimulus but failed to get it.

The registration is open to individuals who didn’t receive the $500-per-child payment “who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement or veteran's benefits.”

The CARES Act in March allowed $1,200 per person who made $75,000 or less on their most recent tax return and $500 for every dependent under the age of 17. But some people who missed brief windows to file still have not received that $500 per child payment.

"I am a single parent, and I never received my first $500 for my son," KING 5 viewer Jasmin wrote.

Jasmin is now worried about not receiving payment if a second stimulus package is passed.

Federal benefit recipients can use the non-filers tool to get a catch-up payment for a qualifying child if they have not already used the non-filers tool to provide information to the IRS, or if they have not filed their 2019 or 2018 tax return. Parents have until September 30 to do so, otherwise they will have to wait until next year and claim the payment as a credit on their 2020 federal income tax return.

Those who cannot access the non-filers tool can also file a simplified paper return.

People who received their original Economic Impact Payment through direct deposit will also have any catch-up payment directly deposited into the same account, while others will receive a check. Federal benefit recipients who used the non-filers tool after May 5 don't have to do anything as the IRS will automatically send a payment in October.

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