Where is My $500 Child Stimulus Check For Dependents – Eligibility and Payment Issues

$500 Child Dependent Stimulus Check

Updated in May with answers at the end of this article. Several readers have asked questions around the additional $500 child dependent stimulus payment approved under the CARES stimulus bill. This is in addition to the $1200 individual and $2400 couple stimulus checks being paid to qualifying Americans. To get the supplementary child stimulus check payment you must have filed a recent (2018 or 2019) tax return, claimed the child as dependent AND the child must be younger than 17-years-old. They must also be related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption. There is no limit to the number of dependents who can qualify for the additional $500 in one household.

[Updated answer to the 700+ comments] By far the most common comment I am seeing on this article is where parent(s) have received their $1200/$2400 stimulus check but did not get their $500 kid stimulus credit for one or more of their eligible dependent children. This reader comment is a good example of this, “My husband and I filed married filing jointly and claimed our two boys 10 , and 6. We have filed it this way for years! And we only received the stimulus for us and nothing for them! And we have no idea who to call or how to fix this. It was obviously an error. Which is understandable considering all the people they have to do this for. But I just wish there was a way we could get the extra $1,000. Before filing next year.”


You can scroll down to see further examples (and some underlying reasons) like this but at this point there is little recourse for most people to resolve this in the near future as the IRS is not taking calls on this.

This age limit to get the dependent stimulus check is much younger than what is used by the IRS in the qualifying child test where a child must be younger than 19 years old or be a “student” younger than 24 years old as of the end of the calendar year. Hence the confusion being caused for many trying to claim this stimulus payment. So just remember if your child or eligible dependent is 17 or over at the end of 2020 you cannot claim the stimulus dependent payment for them. The full qualifying criteria for this payment is shown below.

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College and High School Seniors Dependents

Thousands of college students and high school kids who are older than 17, but are still being claimed as a dependent by their parents or relative on their federal tax return, are unfortunately ineligible for the additional $500 payment based on current rules.

However if you are a college student AND filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return (file for free at Turbo tax), you may qualify for the $1200 stimulus check per standard rules. Note that you can still file a tax return (and must, if you want to get a refund of federal or state tax withholding) AND be a dependent on your parents return. So many 17 to 26 year old’s who filed federal returns will still not get a stimulus payment because they are considered dependents on their parents return (and their parents likely received a $500 tax credit for their dependency on the original return). A parent could technically file a revised tax return in which they no longer claim their college student (giving up $500) that would allow their child to claim the $1200 normal stimulus. This however may take a while to get paid out.

Grandparent, Step Parents and Relatives

It’s not uncommon for a grandparent, close relative or a step parent to claim a child living with them as a dependent. In these cases, the payment goes to the person who claimed that child as a dependent on the most recent tax return. They will still also have to meet the standard rules to qualify for the overall stimulus check payment. Just ensure multiple people don’t claim the same person as a dependent or like your tax refund, the stimulus payment could be delayed a long time as the IRS figures out the right person to pay.

$500 Payment

Most people who qualify for this payment will get it along with their stimulus check payment (direct deposit or check). The IRS has already started making these payments. In special circumstances or where the IRS needs to investigate further, the payment will come separately at a later date. This payment is not taxable and does not have to be paid back. You also won’t be required to repay any of the stimulus check even if your qualifying dependent turns 17 in 2020.

The one exception to this are for veterans or those who receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits or SSI and have a qualifying child. The IRS does not have their qualifying dependent information so they will have to explicitly register via the IRS’ Non Filers payment update tool by April 22nd to receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If beneficiaries in these groups do not provide their information they will have to wait until later in the year to receive their $500 per qualifying child payment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I am getting several hundred questions on this topic! Based on the IRS website and what I am seeing across several other reputable sites, I have tried to group and answer some of more common questions. Please consider this informational as everyone has a unique tax and life situation.

If parents or the primary filer does not qualify for $1200/$2400 stimulus check can they still get the $500 dependent stimulus?

It depends and the IRS guidelines are not very clear on for this. The ruling is that eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples AND up to $500 for each qualifying child. So it appears that both parents have to be eligible under standard rules to get the dependent stimulus. Note that the entire stimulus payment is subject to the income phase out – $5 for every $100 between the lower and higher Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) range – shown in the table below.

But where it gets a little complicated is that if you have kids, the maximum AGI threshold limits to get some of the $500 stimulus rise since your phase out limit is tied to your credit ($5 of credit for every $100 AGI). This allows you add $10,000 to your AGI limit for every child you claim as a dependent. For example if your income was exactly $99,000 as a single (or $198,000 joint) and you had no kids it would completely disqualify you for the standard $1,200 (or $2,400). But if you had two kids and were married filing jointly in 2019 you would still get some type of the $500 dependent stimulus until your AGI reaches $218,000.

StatusIncome Below Which FULL Dependent Stimulus is PaidMax Income To Qualify for Stimulus (no kids)Max Income to Qualify with 1 ChildMax Income to Qualify with 2 Children
Single or married filing separate$75,000$99,000$109,000$119,000
Head of household$112,500$136,500$146,500$156,000
Married filing jointly$150,000$198,000$208,000$218,000
Income ranges to receive up to $500 stimulus payment for qualifying children

Why didn’t I get the child dependent stimulus payment I was expecting

This is by far the most common theme I see questions around. While everyone has a unique situation when it comes to a qualifying dependent here are some answers I found from my research on why you didn’t get a payment or where it was much lower than expected. I have also addressed questions in the many comments below so please review those before adding a new one.

Your child was claimed by someone else according to IRS records. In this case you won’t get the $500 payment and will need to lodge a claim with the IRS (process still to be confirmed).

While you may have qualified for the stimulus payment based on income thresholds (shown above) your dependent child wasn’t qualified per IRS records and CARES stimulus rules summarized below. This is even more strict than the Child Tax Credit (CTC) criteria.

  • They must be related to you (blood, marriage, or adoption) 
  • They must either be under the age of 17 by the end of 2020
  • You must claim them as a dependent on your tax return 
  • They cannot provide more than half of their financial support during the tax year and must have lived with you for at least half of the year
  • They must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national or a U.S. resident alien 

Note if you didn’t qualify for the CTC in your 2018 or 2019 tax return, you will not qualify for this stimulus payment either!

You get Social Security retirement, disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits or SSI. Per the section above you need to take an extra step and explicitly register via the IRS’ Non Filers payment update tool to receive the $500 per dependent child payment

Children born or adopted in 2020 or Change in Dependent status

If you had or adopted a child in 2020 or there was a change in dependent status since your 2019 tax filing the parent or qualifying relative could still be eligible for the $500 payment. But it will not be paid in via the current batch of stimulus check payments and will instead need to be claimed in your 2020 tax return as an additional credit. This is because the IRS is basing stimulus check payments on information from your 2019 or 2018 tax return, which won’t reflect children born or adopted this year, or any change in dependent status.

Past-due child support and garnishment lowered payment

The $500 child stimulus, like the regular adult stimulus payment, can be offset only by past-due child support or can be garnished by creditors once it hits your bank account. Both these reasons could mean a lowered stimulus payment that may look like you didn’t get the $500 additional kid stimulus. You will need to wait for a letter from the Bureau of the Fiscal Service to confirm the offset. For garnishments you will need to check with your bank to see which creditors have taken this payment.

IRS payment errors and missing dependent payments

The most common error I am seeing across the comments on this article is around the following examples:

“I claimed my [son or daughter] for [2018 or 2019] taxes and didn’t receive $500! What’s going on?????

My husband and I received 1200 each but nothing for our 13 year old son. We are under the income guidelines, no child support involved, and he has always been claimed on our taxes. I sure hope there is a solution to this soon. It’s so strange that this has happened to so many people.

We received our $2400.00 stimulus check on April 15, but didn’t get the additional $500 for our son/daughter. Is there something additional I need to fill out?”

So today I finally received my 1200 stimulus payment, which was suppose to be 1700 with the 500 for my son who is 8. I filed my taxes with him as a dependent and don’t understand why I did not receive the 500!! This is pretty heartbreaking that our country is falling apart and the only money I had coming in to support us during this time I didn’t even receive the full amount.

I used the IRS non filers tool to get my stimulus check. I received the $1200 stimulus payment, but did not receive the dependent portion for my 8 year old son. Upon review of the 1040 form I downloaded after submitting my personal information for my son and I, using the IRS Non-Filers Tool. I noticed that the box for the child tax credit was not [✔]checked off. Even though my son does qualify for the dependent stimulus payment. This is definitely an error on the IRS side. Checking the box was not an option when filling out the form online. It was something that had to be done when the form was generated using the tool. Anyway, my theory is that the “box” not being checked is the reason myself and many others did not receive their dependent portions of the stimulus payments.

Readers have left several comments along these lines and at a high level it looks the IRS is either not paying the $500 correctly for qualifying dependents or missing payments for families with multiple dependents, despite the adults getting the standard $1200 or $2400 stimulus.

But even if you do see a clear error or miss in your payments it might be difficult to get a hold of someone in the IRS to correct the issue in the near future. This is because the IRS teams are focused on getting the remaining stimulus payments out and have staffing constraints due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 related absences.

Also note if the IRS is still processing your 2019 tax return or refund it will likely use your 2018 tax return data to process this stimulus payment, so if your dependent information changed between your 2018 and 2019 return (e.g you had a kid) you may have a missed payment that would have been accounted if your 2019 tax return had actually been processed.

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Can I contact the IRS for Stimulus Check Payment Issues or Errors?

The IRS has been mailing Economic Impact Payment (EIP) letters to each eligible recipient’s last known address 15 days after the stimulus check payment is made. It was supposed to provide details on how the payment was made and how to report any failure or underpayments (e.g a way to report the missing $500 payment). Unfortunately the letter has been of little help as discussed in this article. It provides a number to call which gets you an automated line that directs you to the IRS website for details. But if you stay on the line you can get connected to an IRS representative (after a long wait) to discuss general questions about the payment and your situation. See details and numbers to call in this article.

Update – The IRS has confirmed that those who did not receive the full amount of stimulus payment they believe they were entitled to – including the $500 child dependent payment – will need to claim the additional amount when they file their 2020 tax return. This is tough news for many families who needed/expected the $500 payment as soon as possible and were hoping to get a supplementary or corrective payment in the mail sometime in the near future. You’ll now need to wait till 2021 when you file your tax return to fix this.

For VA and SSI recipients who don’t have a filing requirement and have a child, they need to use the Non-Filers tool (see above) to have the $500 added automatically to their standard stimulus check payment.

It has also been nearly impossible to contact the IRS via numbers provided in the EIP for your issues with the $500 child stimulus per this article. But also note that the IRS will not contact you about your stimulus check payment details either. Watch out for scams and people trying to steal this information from you in the name of expediting your Economic Impact Payments.

Finally you will also likely be able to claim any missing payments in your 2020 tax return. All this unfortunately will mean delays in getting your stimulus payment until issues are worked through.

Now everyone has different tax and dependent situations so I first suggest you review the above FAQs in this article to ensure you meet income and qualifying dependent criteria per your most recently filed tax return. You can also search for many articles on this website for commonly reported stimulus check errors. Before leaving a comment see what others have written and lessons learned. And most of all, be nice to each other.

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753 thoughts on “Where is My $500 Child Stimulus Check For Dependents – Eligibility and Payment Issues

  1. If me as an adult am claimed by my Daughter as a dependent because I don’t work or do taxes because I am on Calworks but my child isn’t claimed by anyone and lives with me all year round ,can I get a stimulus check for him only ?And if so how do I go about it ?

  2. I received my stimulus check of $1200 today based off my 2018 tax return (according to IRS payment portal). However, when filing my 2019 tax return I took over three new dependents and claimed them. Since 2019 was the first year claiming them, they obviously didn’t show up in the 2018 tax return when the irs looked it over to determine payment amount. My question is will the irs go back and review my 2019 tax return and give me the additional $500 per child which in this case would be an additional $1500 since all three of them were under 17.

  3. I received my stimulus payment this morning, which is still pending with my bank. I do meet the criteria of income, but I only received $1,161.00. I am grateful for the amount received, but I’m still wondering why it was only $1,161.00?

    I have a 4 year old daughter, who I have always claimed on my taxes. But unfortunately, I did not receive the additional $500.00 payment for her.

    I have double checked my tax returns for both 2018 and 2019, she is listed there as a dependent.

    Is there any way to submit a claim to IRS? Will this payment be delayed? Isn’t it suppose to be included with the stimulus payment via direct deposit?

    As May is right after the corner, all the money we receive, especially during this COVID-19, will be extremely helpful for the bills due.

    Someone, anyone, please guide me in the right direction. Thank you!

  4. I filed taxes for my niece and nephew who live primarily with me in 2019. They were placed in my home by child protective services. I received a stimulus check for them however they were placed back with their mother last year. I am confused as to if I should just give her the 1000 dollars or will I pay taxes on the money next year or should I try to return the money to the IRS. Someone please advise…

  5. I would like to know if some one claimed this year a child and her boyfriend but put both of them as a dependent but her taxes for 2019 are being investigated will she get a stimulus check for 2019 or will the stimulus go off of 2018 taxes

  6. I have received my $1200 but no additional $500 for my 11 & 12 year old whom I have claimed since birth. I am glad to know I am not in this alone but am so very confused as to why this happening to so many parents!

  7. I need help!! I got married 2 yrs ago and file taxes for 2018 and 2019 Married jointly with my husband,but he has a ITIN.I was born in the USA and I have SSN.Will I get a stimulus check for myself???? Anyone knows ?

  8. I owe child support!! My question is does my 2 kids dad will be getting my stimulus check. And would he be getting his plus mine of no. I’m kinda confused on this.

  9. We have not yet filed our tax return for 2019 so our stimulus checks come from our 2018 return. However, I had a baby in 2019 and that was not factored into our stimulus check. Therefore i am missing $500. I went to “get my payment” on the IRS site but cant figure out how to make the adjustment. Any ideas?

  10. I am also concerned on the dependent thing. I have a daughter born 2014, I claimed her for 2018 tax return, but I switch with my ex. For 2019 though i got twins for January 2019. I filed them on my 2019 tax return. I only recieved 1200 this morning. I hope this is something that gets resolved.

  11. I had a baby last year and I haven’t filed 2019 taxes yet, in fact When I went to file my 2019 taxes, they were rejected stating that one of my dependent’s information was incorrect, however it wasn’t. I haven’t been able to file because of this. I only received 1700 instead of the 2200 that I should have being that I have 2 dependents now. I thought the IRS would have this information (that I have 2 kids) but if they went off of my 2018 taxes it only shows 1 dependent. Is there anything I can do to obtain the additional money for my second child? I was on hold with the IRS today for 4 hours only for the phone to hang up on their end. I’m frustrated and just need to know what to do

  12. I am 18years old I filed independent my taxes and was not claimed by parents she did not receive the 500$ due to my age will I still receive the stimulus check although I filed independent

    1. Hi Leslye Torres..
      If you filed an independent tax return and was not claimed as a dependent by either parent last year, then you will receive a $1200 stimulus payment being considered as an adult by the guidelines for emergency relief funds set forth in the CARE conAct.It’s confusing many people because the criteria is different than normal guidelines used for tax purposes (IRS guidelines conciders dependents may qualify for tax purposes until age 19, but for emergency relief funds such as the stimulus, the dependent cutoff age is 16, so people older than 17+ who are claimed by a parent do not qualify to receive the $500 dependent money). Also, If you had a refund from your last year’s tax return electronically sent to your personal bank account via DIRECT DEPOSIT, the IRS has your banking info already on file, and your stimulus funds will automatically be sent to that same account as well. If you did not provide banking info on your federal tax return, or you need to update/change your account info, you will need to use this portal (I’ll post that link below) to do that in order
      to ensure you get your funds and to avoid the lengthy, months long delay of receiving it via paper check through the mail..

  13. I got my 1,200 stimulus but didn’t receive anything for my two kids ages 9 and 6 and I’ve been claiming them on my taxes…..how can I get help on finding out what was the problem…

  14. I have a 2 year old and 4 year old did not receive my dependents on my stimulus check. I got 1200 but no 500 extra. Claimed them both on taxes.

  15. I’m head of household and filed my son as a dependent on my 2019 income taxes. I received my $1200 stimulus check . My son is 20 and a Essential worker. He filed his own taxes also for 2019 does he qualify for the $1200 stimulus or at least the $500 payment

  16. I’m a single mother with two children. I have filed the last two years with both my children as dependents. And due to some life altering circumstances, my children and I were already struggling before this all started, and now I’m really behind…. I got excited when my phone went off, telling me there was a deposit. But I only received the amount for myself, not for my 2 children. And I am most certainly under the threshold in low income earnings. I don’t understand why I read through the comments in here, and find out that many parents like myself are experiencing this same problem?
    Yet parents with children 17 + received 500 for that child…
    I’m pretty freaking upset right now. Like what is this world coming to? What is the government trying to do? I’m out here doing everything I can to get by with two kids in my own… Damn can you at least do your part? You know the government? The IRS? CONGRESS??? Where is my 500 per child? I need that money since you have shut everything down, and making it impossible for someone to provide for their family!!!!

  17. I’m in a situation where I rotate filing years with my sons other parent but he loves with me. This year was his year to file him and he hasn’t even seen our child in over a month so therefore this means he only has visitation and while my child’s being raised by me and solely me he still received the stimulus. That’s free money for a child he doesn’t have at his home. My child’s practicality robbed by that and it’s B.S

  18. I’m head of household and filed my son as a dependent on my 2019 income taxes. I received my $1200 stimulus check . My son is 20 and a Essential worker. He filed his own taxes also for 2019 does he qualify for the $1200 stimulus or at least the $500 payment

    1. No he would not get either. He won’t get the $500 because he is older than 17. And because he is a dependent for you he won’t get the regular stimulus payment.

      1. Sounds to me like she is saying that she DIDN’T claim him as a dependent because she only received $1200. Roxanne, I can’t tell you how to file an addendum to your 2019 return, but maybe do some research and see if you can’t claim him after the fact?

  19. That’s our scenario too. Our oldest son turned 17 in August last year (2019) and our younger son is 14. We received our stimulus check for $3400 today so it appears that we received our $2400 and $500 for both kids…even the 17 year old. Is that because he was only 16 on our 2018 tax return?

  20. I filed jointly for 2019 and only got 1200 today we should have gotten 3700 I haven’t received for my husband or my 3 kids my oldest turn 18 on new years so he is a maybe but the other two is 11. We filed separate 2018 thought that is why but when I put in his ssn it said it going to the bank but no date or amount so we confused about what going on.

  21. So frustrating and I see I’m not alone. Haven’t received our $500 for our child who fits this criteria. ‍♀️

  22. I recieved my 1200.00 I claimed my two boys 5mth and 2 yrs on my 2019 taxes but I didn’t recieved the 500.00 for them. Does it get deposit later or I’m not getting it.

    1. Same situation here and no way to get answers on why I’ve tried calling irs ringing a portal on the situation and even called turbo tax to get no answers from anyone

  23. I received my $1200 for myself, but I did not receive the $500 for each dependent. I have 3 qualifying children. What the heck…..and the bull about oh you will get it on your 2020 taxes…that’s not ok!!! This money is to help us during this financial crisis and we get screwed? There are thousands that didn’t get it? What in the world is going on. Now my boyfriend he got his and he even got his ex wife’s sons $500 credit. Like come on!!!

  24. I have also only recieved the $1200 and not recieved $500 for my child either. Are they sending a second check out possibly?

  25. I have also only recieved the $1200 and not recieved $500 for my child either. Are they sending a second check out possibly?

  26. I filed my taxes in 2018 and 2019 I have two children one is 14 one was just born in September 2019 And I claimed both children this year. I received a total of $1700 I’m guessing $1200 being the stimulus check plus $500 for my dependent but I should of received another $500 but only received $500 for one child. Is it because I have a change in dependents?? Can anyone help me ? Can I get through to the irs if I call them ??

  27. I received my stimulus check of $,1200 today but didn’t receive my children’s $500 credit I have 3 children that live with me all year I’ve filed them on my tax return 2018 & 2019 Still didn’t receive the money. I’m the only adult that lives in my home with my children ?

  28. My son is 12 and I have filed him as a dependent for 10 years, since his mother and I divorced. She gets our 15 yr old and I get our 12 yr old for tax purposes. Today I got my $1200 but not the $500 for my son, why? I’ve went through all the qualifiers and he and I qualify for the $500. Does anyone know what might be going on?

  29. My girlfriend claimed our 6 year old and I claimed our 1 year old (born 12/31/18).
    She got the $500 and I didn’t. Anyone know why or where to start looking for answers? Thanks

  30. I have four kids and What if they used my 2018 taxes cuz I didn’t filed my 2019 yet and I have two of my babies born in 2019 and just got a credit for 2 of my kids 9 and 7 how can I get the credit for my 7 months old twins?

  31. I am in the same boat as many. 3 dependents and no $500 for any of them. I did receive $2400 for a couple but dependents were not included. Why can’t our government get stuff right? So sad.

  32. I’m a single mom with 3 boys -16,14,12 I claimed them on taxes all my life and haven’t receive anything for them I did receive my $1200 but not $500 for each. Not sure what can I do. Thank you

    1. That’s strange, you may get the payment separately as I hear the IRS is having issues with making some payments. You can also check status on the IRS Get my payment tool. If that fails, I would say you need to be patient and wait till the IRS makes the payment or provides a way to lodge an appeal for unpaid stimulus monies. Finally, you can also get this stimulus as part of your 2020 tax return, but I know that is a long wait.

  33. We both got out 1200$ today my fiancé filed our son last year and we definitely meet the income limits at the lowest and my son is 1yr old but he didn’t get 500$. I see all the comments about other people having same issue, anyone know what to do about it? I’m sorry for all of us but just glad to know we’re not the only people that it’s happening to

    1. That’s strange, you may get the payment separately as I hear the IRS is having issues with making some payments. You can also check status on the IRS Get my payment tool. If that fails, I would say you need to be patient and wait till the IRS makes the payment or provides a way to lodge an appeal for unpaid stimulus monies. Finally, you can also get this stimulus as part of your 2020 tax return, but I know that is a long wait.

  34. I got $1,200 but didnt get the extra $500 for my son who was born May 2019, and I did claim him on my taxes, so does anyone know what is going on with that? Help please, thank You

    1. My wife and I are in a similar situation though we have 2 dependents now, my son was born in August last year. We only got the $500 for one of our children (I’m assuming our older one). We filed our 2019 taxes early this year and also the money was credited to our correct account as the account we used in 2018 is no longer open. So it seems they have our right information, but we didn’t get the $500 for both kids. I was wondering if it was just us but seems to be a common thread.

    2. I’m not sure either I claimed my daughter and she was born in October and didn’t receive $500. But my friend had her son in December and she received $500! This is crazy . We can’t even speak to anyone !

  35. I have a 16-year-old daughter I received a $1200 but did not receive the $500 how do I get that $500 for her I have claimed her since 2002 no one else has claimed her?

    1. That is strange. See my updated FAQs in the article, but you may need to go to the IRS Get My Payment Tool to check the payment status. Could be a mistake on their end or some other qualification criteria was missed per IRS records.

  36. I have been filing for unemployment since 03/06/2020 and I haven’t received anything at all. I have a 2 year old daughter that has been living with me and I filed for her, but when I got my stimulus check I didn’t get the extra $500, how do I go about collecting these funds knowing that I am a single father of two daughters 4 and 2 years old. I am currently out of work due to the covid-19 outbreak.

  37. I received the one payment but didnt receive 500 for my child that I’ve always claim and she’s 12. Why is this

    1. Same thing happened to me with my 12 year old son. Didn’t get a check for him and I claim him every year. It’s frustrating because you can’t get any answers.

  38. My girlfriend and I both received our 1200 each this morning, but we didn’t receive the credit for our son. I claimed him in 2018 and my taxes are done for 2019 but she claimed him this time. Unfortunately her taxes were mailed late February and still not showing approved due to the irs not approving paper mail. This is all a headache if anyone knows if there’s a form I can fill out please let me know. Thanks in advance!

    1. If you find out, please let me know. The same thing happened to us. We have 2 children that should qualify, and which were claimed on our 2019 taxes. If you hear anything anyone, please let me know. Thanks.

    2. Same thing with us.
      My husband and I claim his son on even years and his ex wife claims him odd years.
      So 2019 was her year. She filed early April so she didn’t get the $500 for him and we didn’t either as we claimed him in 2018. Not sure how to get the $?

  39. We got our check but it didn’t include our twins. We had them last year and filed them in our taxes. Not sure what’s going on there..?

  40. I also received my check today but did not get the $500 for my 6yo he was on my taxes and i have him full time??? Only thing I have read is that the IRS sends out a letter in the mail 15 days after u receive payment and That’s when you can let them know you had a problem..really sucks tho!!!

  41. Please, help. I received the 1200.00 today, but I did not receive the 500.00 for my child who is 8 and I have been claiming since he was born. I have received the child tax credit every year and filed my 2019 taxes. There is nothing on the IRS websited regarding this issue. You cannot call them and they do not have an email account. Please help with this obvious problem

  42. I had a baby November of 2019 and we claimed him on our 2019 taxes why I did not get 500 for him on stimulus check?

  43. My tax preparer messed mine up and didn’t put down one of my kids as a dependent, instead they claimed my significant other as a dependent. I realized the problem and they filed an amended tax return with the IRS. I’m owed about 400$ from the IRS for the initial child tax, hoping I’ll get it in about 16 weeks. Because of this mess up I didn’t receive the 500$ child tax credit on my stimulus refund. My question is how do I go about getting that money? Also since they claimed my boyfriend as a dependent on my taxes he will not be able to get a stimulus check I don’t think. When they ammended it they removed him and added my child but I’m fearful we won’t get the 1700$ bc of this mess. Yes I’m grateful for getting any money at all but everything helps right now since I’m pregnant not working and due in July. Also I don’t plan on working after the baby is born for a year so I won’t be filling taxes for 2020.

  44. I received my 1,200.00 stimulus but did not receive 500.00 for my child that I claimed on my 2019 taxes what do I need to do ???

  45. 2019 returns not filed yet. Had baby May of 2019. Already received stimulus check. Did not receive the additional $500. My CPA doesn’t know how to advise. Why would they make citizens wait until next years tax returns to get a relief check, what good does that do citizens in need TODAY? Also, how can I claim something missing based upon 2019 returns on 2020. Several people have the same issue I am experiencing and this should be addressed.

  46. I did 24,000 las Year 2019 my daughter is 17 and my only dependent, I did not got the 500 , only 1200 why???

  47. My Wife and I make over 200k. Do I still get a $500 check for each of my two dependent children ages 15 and 13?

  48. My daughter will be two this year. I have full custody. Her dad claims her on odd years, neither of us recieved the $500. Why ??

  49. My husband and I are having the same issue we received our stimulus money but didn’t for our kids. Has anyone found a solution for this problem?

  50. My wife and I received our stimulus check but we were short the 500 for our son born 2012 I have filed him as a dependent since he was born what is the final say in this I have coworkers who got there 500 for there kids.

  51. I received my stimulus check but my sons father received payment for my son, why did this happen? My son is my dependent and I claimed him on my taxes. What can I do about this?

  52. I never received the$500 for my 14 year old. Iam a single mom of two, 14 and 17, could it be possible i an not eligible to receive it

  53. I received my stimulus check today as well and didnt receive the adjusted 500 for any of my 5 children there ages are 16,16,10,8 and 2 there is no way to find out or call so i dont know if i will get it now or will it be mailed out separately im just so confused because if you say your gonna get 500 for each child why haven’t we. Lets see what happens because i always claim my children..

  54. My mother claimed my son on her 2019 taxes, but I’ve had him since August 2019. How can I recieve the 500$ for him.

  55. I have a new born in year of 2020 and how can I claim the $500 stimulus check for my child? I’m still get EDD Unemployment Maternity leaves and now I can’t go back to work due to school close down. Will I qualify for the federal $600 unemployed stimulus From EDD?

  56. I see a lot of families are missing $500. One of family members didn’t not receive their $500 for their last child born in 2018.

    I see a lot of questions and not many replies (what should she do?)

  57. I’m 67 and receive social security but my son claimed me as a dependent on his last tax return. Would’ I be eligible for the stimulus? I haven’t received anything as of yet.. thanks

      1. I’m 35 and was claimed by my fiance as a dependent and he didn’t get 500 for me or my children due to not being blood related which is completely unfair, but I don’t know if there’s anything we can do about it:(

  58. My son is 17, and I claimed him when I filed my taxes. He didn’t qualify for child credit but he did he did qualify as an independent. Dont i still get 500 from the stimulus or does he not qualify because he’s 17?

  59. Between 2 households, we alternate who claims my 15yr old stepdaughter… Dad 2018 & Mom 2019. Already planned on whoever got it would split it. Mom has an additional child & got $2900. But we have 2 children who are 5 & 7. We didn’t get paid for 1 of our kids & neither got paid for my stepdaughter. Come to find out now, it’s happened to quite a lot of parents with multiple children. While we’re very thankful for the help of any kind, at least provide the help promised because we’re all struggling to cover the most basic of our families’ needs.

  60. Hello, my baby so was born in December and I didn’t get a check for him and we filled the taxes for 2019 we claimed him as a dependent? How come he didn’t get one for 500 and we all did? Thank you!

  61. I too received the payment for myself but not for my child that is 14 yrs old and I did claim her on my taxes as I always have. Very frustrating but glad I am not alone in this.

  62. I recieved my 1200…. but I didn’t receive the 500 for each of my two children. What is going on.

  63. My daughter was 16 at the time I filed my 2019 taxes claimed her as a dependent she turned 17 March 7, 2020 will I receive the $500 for her ?

  64. I recently filed my taxes, an error was made. So I had to fill out an child tax credit form to receive my refund. I have not received my 500 for my child. What do I need to do?

    1. I am in a similar situation. I filed my 2019 taxes on April 7. My child was born in 2019. Looks like they used the 2018 tax return for payment and didn’t include $500 for my child.

    2. I didn’t receive the additional 500 for my child as well but I guess they will realize they mad a several mistakes

  65. Same boat here. Received $2400 for married-joint return. Nothing for the kids. We fit the income guidelines for the full amount we are eligible for. The kids are older but under 17. No one else can claim them—double checked and they are on the 2019 return so no errors there. No one owes child support so there wouldn’t be an offsets.

    Anyone have any clue what it going on? This is so confusing and frustrating.
    Thank you to everyone for sharing their experiences

    1. i don’t understand it either. i claimed my 17 year old on last year’s taxes. In March he turned 18 but is still in high school and doesn’t work very many hours. So i guess I won’t receive the $500 for him because he aged out while they were fighting over this bill? SMH

    2. I don’t understand but trying to get heard!!! I’m a single head of household, my daughter just turned 17, I did not qualify for EIC and my child is a 12 grade special ED student and she did not get a stimulus check $500? She is unable to work in state of CT you have to be 18yrs old, this is crazy, If every child under 17 is getting a check she is at 17 and didn’t get the EIC, neither WHY? Please can someone help me!!!! Its bad enough she might not have a prom or graduation, I’m on disability and only receive $553.00 a month I’m faced with the worse struggle ever, I’ve been trying thru Indeed to find a Job, I cant afford my car note or car insurance, so I’m about to loose the car I drive her to school and search for work HELP I NEED SOMEBODY and in Stamford CT un like Bridgeport Mayor and leaders they are handing out GLOVES MASK etc in the streets and Stamford is holding back and not helping their community with supplies and people like myself is struggling, can find a can of Lysol or toilet paper or any supplies to disinfect our home our self etc.. in Stamford CT our Police is not generous in Stamford all they care about is themselves while people like me need safety supplies

      I need your comments

    3. Same thing happened to my son; has 2 girls 1 and 5 and only got paid for one of them and no clue why…

    4. We’re in the same boat. We have one 18 year old child, but two who are under 16, that we also claimed on our income tax for 2019. If anyone hears anything about this, please leave detailed information. Thanks.

    5. I wish I knew what to do as well. I tried calling the IRS can’t get through I don’t see anything online..I received my $2400 but nothing for my child. I claimed daughter for 2019 but not 2018. My taxes was just received with the IRS for 2019. I checked on that status today.. I’m in the same boat. I don’t see how we would need to fill out a non-filer form? I guess, do we wait a few days?

  66. My son is 19 years old (not a student) & filed income tax for 2018 because he worked (seasonal) for 1 month in that year. We also claimed him as a dependent. We did not file taxes for 2019 as yet, nor did he (he has now been working since April of 2019). Does he get the stimulus check ? If so, for how much ? If not, why ? Thank you

    1. My advice is to NOT claim him at the end of the year since he’s working have him claim himself as the stimulus will be a 2020 credit come tax season and he will then qualify for the 1200 full amount. The reason you didn’t get money for him now is because you claimed him on your most recent filed tax forms. If he goes to turbotax and files a simple return they have set up for 2019 and you don’t claim him as a dependent for 2019 he will get the payment asap i believe from all the research i have done. Hope this helps!

  67. To those of us that are wondering, about our $500 per child extra. I think we get that on a later date? I’m a step father of 4 and only claimed 2 of them our youngest ones. 4 and 2. According to this article I’m eligible for the $500 per child stimulus. So I think it’s another waiting game people.

  68. Received my direct deposit today, minus the $500 for my biological daughter who’s not even a teenager yet. I have sole legal, physical custody. Am I not entitled to this $500 ? Thanks

  69. I have a 6 year old a 2 year old and a 1 year old I didn’t get a dime on any of my kids why

  70. We have not yet filed our tax return for 2019 so our stimulus checks come from our 2018 return. However, we had a baby in 2019 and that was not factored into our stimulus check. Therefore we are missing $500. I went to “get my payment” on the IRS site but cant figure out how to make the adjustment. Any ideas?

    1. I am in a similar situation. I filed my 2019 taxes on April 7. My child was born in 2019. Looks like they used the 2018 tax return for payment and didn’t include $500 for my child.

    2. When you find out can you let me know because I have the same issue happening!! Your not alone

  71. I got my stimulus check for 1200 and did not receive the 500 additional payments for three of my qualifying children! I’m a single mom with two kids who have disabilities! Who do I call? I’m out of work at the moment.

  72. I received my stimulus check but I did not receive the 500 per child. I have three children and I’ve been claiming them since birth. They are 10,8 and 7. And I did not receive the 500$ per child and I don’t get ssi or anything for none of my children. Who do I contact to see why I didn’t receive the 500$ per child ?

    1. See my update on extra step for SSI recepients. You will have to go to IRS website to add payment details for the dependents

      1. She said she DOESN’T get SSI for any of her kids. The problem is people with kids are not getting the full amount for ALL the kids; some are not even getting monies for ANY of the kids. And there is no place to check this out as to why this is happening.

      2. Where is the link for the SSI recipients? We also did not get the $500 per child, as expected, even for children under 16.

  73. Not seeing how to claim a child born in 2020. When I go to the portal it says I have received my payment and then has me exit the portal. Help?

  74. Received my stimulus but only got $500 for one of my two kids. Had a baby in October of 19. Already have filed and received my refund for 2019 taxes with both kids filed as dependents. Do I not get $500 for my second child because of how late in the year they were born?

    1. My wife and I also had a daughter late in the year of 2019(December 7th) and we did not receive the 500 that we were supposed to….I’m not sure how to bring this to the IRS’s attention. Times are hard and we all can use everything we were promised.

      1. This is happening over and over. And don’t know where to go to check why some are not getting for any of their kids or one kid is not getting any. It’s a mess.

  75. I have sole custody of my daughter but only get to claim her on even years on my tax return. Her father pays child support but gets no custody. Why does he receive the $500 when she does not live with him 1/2 the year? I also read that I could possibly be able to get the $500 on my 2020 taxes because it’s an advance credit. Is that a possibility?

    1. Just found out he doesn’t even claim her on his years like he is suppose to, so now neither of us got the 500 check for her. Is there something i can file to get that now?

      1. Oh man. You told him he’s an idiot right? By not claiming her, he’s been practically throwing money in the trash.

  76. According to information that we have on file, we cannot determine your eligibility for a payment at this time.

    What exactly does this mean? We have a son who was a dependent on our 2018 tax return however he was 25 at the time and working with his own income. His status shows the same as ours???
    Married filing jointly our AGI is under the 150,000 income.

  77. Just wanted to make sure I understood correctly. I am not receiving the 500 for my dependent, because he is 17, correct?

  78. I received my individual stimulus payment but not for my dependent and she’s only 14 and I absolutely qualify… any ideas why??

  79. What is a parent of a high school student age 17 supposed to do to help support that child if their age excludes them? What is the purpose of excluding children still being fully supported by their parents because they are still in high school? What purpose could you possibly have for disallowing these children from the stimulus check, particularly when they are likely to be the biggest eaters, the most costly with clothing, and the most expensive with school requirements?

  80. I got $2400 for my husband and I today, but we did not get $500 for our daughter born in 2018? We filed and claimed her in 2018 and 2019?????????? What do we do?

    1. Hmm.. that is strange. I suspect you may get a follow up payment. Unfortunately no way to contact IRS for this item now. But at worst case you can claim this in your 2020 tax return.

    2. If you find out something regarding this can you let me know? My wife and I are in the same situation you are in. There’s no one to call

  81. I received my $1,200 stimulus check but my son was not added so I did not receive his $500 as a dependent. I had him january of 2019 and put him on my 2019 taxes so why did I not receive the $500? Who can I talk to about this? Did I not receive the dependent pay because he had medicaid?

    1. I am a single dad and I experienced the same issue. I received the 1,200, however I didn’t receive the 500.00 for my son. I claimed him on my 2019 tax return as always.

  82. I received the 2400 for being a married couple but did not receive $500 for my child who is 4. Why not?

  83. My sons father and I alternate claiming him on tax years because it is court ordered. It just so happened that he claimed him in 2019 (I claimed him in 2018), however I kept him over half the year and I have kept him since quarantine started. So not only am I buying more groceries I’m also home schooling him. I will be keeping him at least another 3 weeks considering his father was tested positive for covid-19. Since his father claimed him on his taxes I’m assuming he will be receiving the $500 dependent care. Is there someone I can talk to about this besides his father?

  84. I claimed a dependent in 2018 but not 2019, my ex husband is claiming him for 2019 however his taxes are not filed yet due to an extension. Will I receive the 500 for the dependent? Or will it be overlooked? I have received the $1200 already?

    1. Sounds to me like you should be the one receiving the $500 payment. It’s not like the government knows that your ex-husband is planning on eventually claiming him this year. Many people seem to be missing the payment for their kid. I hope you get your money soon!

      I’m in a similar boat, but my ex has already filed his 2019 taxes, while I have not. Unless the government screws up and gives us both the $500 credit, I’m out of luck.

      1. We are in the same boat.
        My husband claims his son on even years and his ex claims him on odd years. So it was her year but she JUST filed her taxes and didn’t get the $500 for him. And we didn’t either as it wasn’t our year.
        Not sure how to get that $500 for him?!

  85. I filed single with my two children (1yr old, 2yr old) in 2018, I only received $1200 for my stimulus check. Could there be a reason for this? Both children are my blood related children and have not been claimed by anyone else. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me with this question.

    1. Hi I am a Gurdian of a non relative child I am the grandmother of the siblings I receive non relative funds which is deposited directly into my checking account will I be eligible to receive the stimulus

  86. I haven’t filed my 2019 tax return yet and already received my stimulus check based on 2018 return. I had my child in 2019 and didn’t receive the $500 for dependent. How can I receive that $500 for my dependent this year? And if not this year, will I ever see it?

  87. I have 3 dependent children but only got the extra for 2 now I know it’s free money so I’m not complaining I’m just curious is this because my baby was born at the end of August and he wasn’t living outside my wife for 6 months

  88. Just wondering… I thought the IRS could look at the 2018 return and see that my dependent is 18 years in 2020 (16 in 2018), but we received the $500 anyway. Am I going to have to return this $500 to the IRS next year when I file my 2020 taxes?

    1. We also received $500 for our son who turned 17 last year. I wouldn’t count on keeping it. I plan on putting it aside, because I have a feeling that it will have to be repaid when doing 2020 taxes next year. We aren’t spending it.

    2. You did get lucky because I am reading that several people didn’t get any money for their dependents who are all under 16 including my SIL.
      There is no help, no one to contact for this. IRS screwed up

      1. same thing with us. we didn’t get the $500 for our son, and he’s 1. We filed this year and last year to claim him, so IRS screwed up and there’s no one to call.

  89. The statement, “as soon as you file a return you cannot be claimed as a dependent by others” is incorrect. You can still file a tax return (and must, if you want to get a refund of federal or state tax withholdings) AND be a dependent on your parents return. So many 18-year-olds who filed federal returns will still not get a stimulus payment because they are considered dependents on their parents return (and their parents likely received a $500 tax credit for their dependency on the original return). I suppose a parent could file a revised tax return in which they no longer claim their college student (giving up $500) that would allow their child to claim the $1200 normal stimulus.

  90. Is this part of the stimulus also limited by income, or does having a dependent claimed qualify anyone, even if they’re disqualified for the $1,200?

    1. Per the IRS, Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples AND up to $500 for each qualifying child. So it appears that both parents have to be eligible under standard rules to get the dependent care stimulus.

      1. What if my child turned 17 in August of 2019? I claimed him as a dependent. Would I be eligible for the $500?

        1. My son turned 17 in December we claimed him in 2018 and 2019 he’s not working do we get a stimulus for him

        2. My dependent is 18 and is a senior in high school,Do I get the 500

      2. I found the answer. The phase out is at the same rate, reducing $5 of stimulus for every $100 of income / AGI over $75,000, or $150k on joint return. So if your income were exactly $99k (or $198k joint), completely disqualifying you for the standard $1,200 (or $2,400), you would still get $500 for each child, phasing out $5 of stimulusfor every $100 more of AGI. For example, if you had two kids and married joint this would mean once AGI reaches $218k, you get no payment for the children either.

        1. But I filed head of household no joint with anyone and claimed my child on 2019 … So that does not explain mine

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