Janice Reed
Community Specialist
Posted August 28, 2020

Some can still claim $500 stimulus money for dependents

If you missed out on stimulus money the first time, you may have a second chance to claim your check. Read here to find out if you qualify and how you can claim your payment.
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During the first round of stimulus checks, many non-filing parents who claimed their stimulus payment did not receive an extra $500 for their dependent child or children. If you count yourself among this group, you may have a second chance to claim your $500 per child benefit for a limited time. Read on to find out how.

What does it mean to be a non-filer?

The IRS classifies “non-filers” as people or couples who make below a certain threshold of income, which does not require them to file taxes for that year. If you made less than $12,200 as a single person or less than $24,400 as a married couple you are considered a “non-filer.”

Click here to read more about what qualifies you as a non-filer.

What if I’m a non-filer who hasn’t claimed my stimulus payment at all?

If you’re a non-filer who hasn’t yet claimed a stimulus payment, you’ll have to fill out this form by October 15th 2020 in order to receive your stimulus check. This works differently than the process for 2018 and 2019 taxpayers, who received their stimulus checks automatically.

Why wasn’t my $500 per child included the first time?

Some non-filers have noticed that their checks did not include the extra $500 per qualifying dependent child. This ultimately came down to a system error which did not process non-filer claims correctly. As a result, many non-filers with qualifying children received only $1,200 as their stimulus payment when they really should have received more.

The IRS has found that this system error specifically affects non-filers who used their tool to claim a stimulus payment before May 6th, 2020 and are allowing non-filers to claim their $500 per child for a limited time.

If you are a non-filer with children and you claimed your stimulus check online before May 6th, check your stimulus payment amount to ensure you received the correct payment amount. If you’re a non-filing parent who claimed their stimulus check after May 6th, your stimulus check should contain the extra $500 per child, but it doesn’t hurt to double check so you can claim this benefit while it’s available.

How can I claim my $500?

In order to claim your $500 per child stimulus payment you will have to fill in your information and your qualifying child or children's information using the IRS non-filers tool. Be mindful that there is a deadline of September 30th, 2020 for any non-filer who didn’t receive their $500 per child in their first stimulus payment. In order to receive this money, click here to go directly to the IRS's secure non-filer’s tool, then click “Get started” and fill in your full information, as directed.

When can I expect to receive my money?

The IRS claims that the $500 per child catch-up payments will be disbursed in mid-October. Note, however, that this money will only be sent to you if you fill out and submit your form using the non-filer’s tool before September 30th.


Did you receive your full stimulus payment? Let us know if you were affected by this IRS glitch in the comments below.

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Randi Tara

I have never received more then a letter w stamped signature from trump tried to track down where it was sent looked for weeks for a unidentifiable envelope w card for myself and two boys and nothing !!!?!? Any suggestions

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Darlene Floyd

No, I didn't receive my full stimulus payment. I carried my mother ( who receives social security benefits) on my taxes last year. She lives with me because of illness. Would I be able to claim the independent stimulus check?

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Sara VanPatten

No I haven't received my stimulus check and I filed my taxes please help me get mine

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Mary Herd

I never got my first video chat and I filed my taxes what happened will I still get one

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Terri Freeman

I have a son that turned 18 in January but graduated in May. He is still in my house and living under my roof. Yet he was not included in my stimulus check. Since he was a student athlete and I was a single mother he was here helping with the 2 little kids, does he just get left out of the funding?

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Alex Brandt

I did my taxes in 2018 and 2019 and received my stimulus check right in the beginning but not the $500 for my 14 year old son. I read an article that people have to claim the $500 in that case with the 2020 tax return. Is that correct?

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Charmaine White

I've tried to enter my children's info but it just tells me that it was already filed. I cannot add them and I did not receive a payment for them. Any suggestions?

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Sandra Palomino

I'm a single mother of 4 the oldest is 16 they live with me all year around, work doing my side jobs , housekeeping, I clean 5 homes and other side projects! There dad claims the every year ! I work as hard as he does were not married ! I think it should be the only right thing is to get something in return .. what could do ?

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Alexandra Marks

I never received my stimulus check. How do i see if I can collect it. I 100% qualify I was unemployed

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Evelyn Body

I received my stimulus. but I did not receive my taxes for 2019

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