Stimulus check recipients with dependents could see bigger payment

Posted at 7:44 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 17:50:59-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — If you receive federal benefits and claim your children as dependents, you could see a larger COVID-19 stimulus check.

An extra $500 will be added for each eligible dependent, on top of your $1,200 stimulus check.

The Internal Revenue Service deadline to apply is 11 a.m. April 22.

Clark said if you miss the April deadline, don't panic: You will receive your $1,200 check, but not the added $500 until you file your taxes for 2020.

These funds will not hit your account until 2021.

Bill Clark with Tax Pro says this is not a recurring payment, but it will help many families across the nation.

This applies to beneficiaries who typically are not required to file a tax return: folks receiving Social Security, survivor or disability benefits, Railroad Retirement, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Veteran Affairs benefits with dependents under the age of 17.

“If they’re a married couple and have no dependents, they don’t need to be bothered with this," Clark said. "This is just for those with dependent children.”

To see if you qualify you can plug in your information with the IRS here.