Another $500 Child Stimulus Check For Dependents – Eligibility and IRS Payment Fixes


[August 2020 update] This IRS has fixed certain stimulus payment issues (which were due to a programming errors) for non-filer groups, many of whom are yet to receive their first $500 dependent stimulus credit. The resolved $500 dependent stimulus (economic impact) payments were being seen by several eligible recipients from early August for each qualifying child.

Further the IRS has announced it will reopen the registration period – starting Aug. 15 through Sept. 30 – for eligible non-filing federal beneficiaries (e.g. SSDI, Retirees and SSI recipients) who were eligible for the $500 per child payments but had not filed or needed to update payment details to get their payment. Those who file (via the IRS Non-filer tool) and are deemed eligible should start seeing their payments by Mid-October.

For those Social Security, SSI, Department of Veterans Affairs and Railroad Retirement Board beneficiaries who have already used the Non-Filers tool to provide information on children, no further action is needed. The IRS will automatically make a payment in October.

The above is great news for those who were in limbo about their payment and hopefully addresses many of the comments below.

2020 Tax Return Claimants (paid in 2021)

Any beneficiary who misses the Sept. 30 deadline will need to wait until next year and claim it as a credit on their 2020 federal income tax return. If you are not sure of your payment, you can check the status on the Get My Payment tool on

Update and news on another Dependent Stimulus Payment in 2020

With a second stimulus check now almost a certainty it is also likely that Congress will soon pass another $500 dependent stimulus check to be paid in August 2020. Democrats had proposed that the payment be increased to $1000 but limited to 3 dependents, however it looks like the $500 amount will stay consistent given the increased number of dependents that will be eligible for this payment.

Democrat and Republican proposals, HEROS and HEALS acts respectively, also addressed the main issue with the original dependent stimulus (as discussed below) where it was limited to dependents under the age of 17. This has now been expanded under both parties’ proposals (which means it will be in the final bill) so that dependents under the age of 24 in high school or college will also be getting this dependent stimulus check. This will expand eligibility to another three million potential dependents.

At this stage it is likely that the $500 stimulus will be paid along with a second stimulus check towards the end of August 2020 in the same manner it was paid the first time around.

Stay tuned for additional updates once formal details are released.

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$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.

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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832 thoughts on “Another $500 Child Stimulus Check For Dependents – Eligibility and IRS Payment Fixes

  1. We have two children and received $476. I’m assuming tax was taken out, but where’s the 500 for my other child. Both children, 2yr and 3 months, we’re claimed as dependents on our 2019 return. What should we do?

  2. I claimed my 6,3, and 1 year old for the past two years on my tax return and only received the 1200 for the adult , but didn’t receive $500 for ANY of my kids…… and I’m the only one who claimed them.

  3. I received the 1200 payment but didn’t receive the 500 for my 11 year old.Maybe it’ll come later hopefully it comes soon.

  4. I received my $1,200 stimulus payment but didn’t receive the $500 per child payment for my two sons who are both under 16 yrs of age.

  5. I am a recently new single mom to 3 kids ages 15, 10 and 8. I claimed all 3 of them on 2019 returns..I received the $1200 for myself, but did not receive anything for any of the children. I’ve been out of work for over a month now due to COVID-19 and no support from either father. Please fix this!

  6. My son cant work, he is filing for ssdi but was not accepted yet. He was homeless, but two years ago I talked him into moving home. I pay for everything but his food. He uses his own foodstamps for that. I got my stimulus, but not 500 for him as my dependant on my taxes. Would I even get the 500? Jojo.

    1. I’m going Thur a messy divorce I try to file mine for the 1200 it kick it out because he filed married separate I don’t
      work what do I need to do

  7. I’m a senior on SS who is claimed as a dependent by my daughter..she doesn’t get stimulus for me as a dependent and nothing on her taxes but they say i can’t get my stimulus check..why is that?? I miss out and get NOTHING..SHE GOT NOTHING..THIS IS SO WRONG..i need it more than some who got checks..i get 803.00 a month between SS and SSI..i pay my own bills..nobody supports me..this needs to be stimulus under Obama and i was claimed as a dependent then too..why different now

  8. I received my $1200 stimulus for myself but not the $500 for my 2 year old I claimed him on both 2018 and 2019 tax returns. All guidelines met I’m not sure what’s going on

    1. That does seem strange. Given the rapid roll-out of this payment i would not be surprised if IRS errors are the reason. You should get a stimulus payment advice in 15 days, which may have a process to appeal payments. At worst case you can claim this payment in your 2022 tax return as an additional credit.

  9. I received the $1,200 but did not receive the $500 for my 9 year old. We meet all of the requirements.

    1. The IRS will send a letter on your payment in 15 days. You may be able to lodge an appeal after that. Otherwise you can claim the $500 as a credit in your 2020 tax return

    2. I had my 1200 intercepted for my child support arrears and it went to their father..fine, not questioning that BUT..I have a 10 year old from my second marriage his father died and he gets his survivor benefit..WILL THEY INTERCEPT MY 10 YEAR OLDS 500.00 BASED ON A DEBT THATS NOT HIS!!!?? THERES NO “INJURED PERSON” rider for children in this matter like for a spouse..and I cant find a yes or no answer ANYWHERE..

  10. I work at cvs (and am a disabled veteran) any my total income with va disability for my family is under $50K, so income didn’t lower the payment. I am married and have a 4 yr old son as well as a year and a half old daughter both of which were claimed by me filing jointly in the past 2 tax years. However, they only sent $2400 instead of $3400. Such an error is unbelievable when the government has all the eligibility info not just on both tax returns, but also in my VA dependant information as well as medicare.

    1. The IRS will send a letter on your stimulus payment in 15 days. You may be able to lodge an appeal after that. Otherwise you can claim the $500 per child as a credit in your 2020 tax return

  11. I claimed my 16 year old son through turbo tax and I received my stimulus check through direct deposit but not the 500 for my son I know for fact I am the only one that claimed him.I also got paper in the mail stating I need to fill out for child tax credit I claimed head of household and he was my dependent I did receive the earned income credit for him.

  12. I didn’t receive my money for my 10 & 16 year old daughters i had to quit my job because a co-worker had coronavirus and my husband has Congestive heart failure didn’t want to risk getting sick and exposing him and my children he has been waiting on ssi for 2 years im the only one paying bills the extra $1000 would have helped a lot this is so ridiculous

  13. I’m having trouble with the non filers tool I get ssi. I put my info in for me and my two kids but it keeps rejecting it saying wrong b-day on file. I’ve re entered it a few times with the same error code 524. If someone knows of anything I can try plz let me know. I’ve tried the 800 numbers but could never get through I know how busy they must be. So was hoping someone could maybe help me here.

  14. I filed my taxes and I claim 3 kids that are mine under the age of 16 years old I have revived my stimulus check but not the extra 500$ for my 3 qualifying children.

  15. I received the $1200 for myself but i didn’t receive ANYTHING for my daughter who is 16!!!! I read I wouldn’t get anything for my 17 year old but what’s up with me not getting ANYTHING for my 16 year old!!!!

  16. How is it going to work for parents who file every other year meaning I filed last year and my son father filed this year. We have 50 50 custody. Who gets the check since ur going on 2018 and 2019 tax returns

  17. For those who did not receive $500 for dependent are eligible to claim that as additional credit in 2020 tax return. My child was born in 2019 and before I file my 2019 tax return I got my stimulus payment without dependent credit. See FAQ #16 on IRS website which answered my question.

  18. I exceeded the 198,000 for filing married, but have 2 children am I entitled to any money at all.

  19. I am a senior an li e with my daughter an she filed me on her income tax as a dependent. She received her stimulus check for 1200 but I did not re rice anything. I thought as a dependent an as a senior I would at least get my 1200 or 500 for being a dependent an why not I am a senior on a fixed income why I don’t qualify for something

  20. If I am divorced and claim single but make more than the 99000, but I claim one if my children. Will I get 500 credit for my child or do I make too much to even qualify for that??

  21. I claim my father as dependent. he’s 79 years old and he doesn’t file taxes, and I didn’t get any check for him. It is so unfair.

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    1. I daughter claimed me..she got nothing for claiming me on her taxes and nothing on stimulus but i didn’t get my stimulus unfair..i pay all my own bills..i should get a stimulus check..i get only 803.00 between SS AND SSI.. This stipulation about senions who are claimed as dependents not getting stimulus is so wrong and unfair

      1. Linda if you’re paying all your own bills why is your daughter claiming you as a dependent? She should be covering more than half of your living expenses.

  22. I had a baby in October 2019, and already filed my 2019 tax return with my baby as dependent & its been processed also. On 15th Apr I got my $2400 family stimulus deposit but I didn’t receive $500 stimulus for my newborn. So am I eligible to receive it as my baby is born at end of 2019? If so how can I let IRS know that they missed it.

  23. My daughter is 33 and is my live in nanny per say for for 7 yr old. I claim her as a dependent because she lives with me. Will children being claimed as a dependent over the age of 17 receive stimulus money eventually?

  24. I received the $1200 for me but only got $500 each for 2 of my 3 kids. I’m grateful for the money I’m just confused because we met all the requirements.

  25. I live at my own address on SSI, my niece claimed me at her address,I have my own direct checking account where I monthly SSI goes every month,if she claimed me ,do I get a stimulus check in my account?

    1. Hi Irene – no, you will not get a stimulus check because you were claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return. She should not be claiming you unless she pays for more than half of your living expenses. It doesn’t sound like she does if you live on your own.

  26. Last year I fed my 7 year old and this this year her father filed her we both got our stimulus but not the 500 for our child we all live together and was just wondering if that separate on one of ours thanks

  27. Okay so I filed as head of household and claimed my then 4 year old in 2018. Since then we have moved in with my dad temporarily and he claimed us on his 2019 income tax and he just recieved 1700.00 for him and my daughter. Turbo tax said my stimulus was accepted before this happened and now I’m just confused on if I am going to get my stimulus for myself still or him claiming me messed me up for it. Thank you for reading

  28. I am a single parent and I claimed two of my kids on my 2018 and 2019 tax return. I claim them every year anyway. I only got back $1200 and didn’t receive the additional $500 for each child. What can be done about it?

    1. You will either have to in your 2020 tax return filing or hopefully the IRS will stand up a site to log stimulus claims for this year

  29. I may have a crazy question – I’m a widow I get the survivor check for the child and I also work and filed taxes .. what do I need to do ? Will we both get the stimulus on DE card or ?? H&R did my taxes – I’m not sure how my check will come ?? Anyone have a idea ? There is no portal for Filers only non .

  30. My niece lives with me and has been past two yrs. I claimed her on my taxes this year and she is under 17 but i didnt get 500.00 for her. Why is that?

  31. I haven’t filed my 2019 taxes yet and I had a new baby in 2019. I got my stimulus payment for me and my other child already, so they got the info from my 2018 taxes. How do I find out about getting the stimulus payment for the baby born in 2019 since the IRS doesn’t have the baby’s information?

  32. My daughter’s dad claims me as a dependent on his taxes therefore I do not get a stimulus check does that mean he would get 24:00 or does he only get his at 1200

  33. I filed 2019 as married jointly, I claimed my 4 children. I received $2400 for me and my wife, a total of $1500 for 3 of my children only. My “back then in 2019” 17 years old son “he turned 18 last month” had a job and he also filed for the 2019 taxes but he was claimed on my my taxes. Will he receive a $1200? or I’m missing something in here? Thanks.

  34. Hi I carried my step kids and proves that me and my life lived together for over 6 months but I only received credit for my self and not my kids will I get the 500 for them?

  35. Me and my husband r trying to fill out the non filers thing so we can get 500 per a kid but his ssi goes on his direct express card and they don’t have routing numbers so I do u fill it out to get that if u don’t have a routing number.

    1. go buy a prepaid card, a free chime account online (they will send you a card), or a paper check.

  36. I received my stimulus money for myself, but not for my two grandsons that I have custody of some did claim on my 2019 taxes?

  37. I could not find the answer to my dilemma anywhere. My son is 19, in the National Guard, is NOT a college student, and I did NOT claim him as a dependent on my 2019 taxes. Why does he not qualify for the $1200?

    1. Did he file a tax return? Otherwise he needs to go to the IRS payment portal (see my post on this on home page) and enter DD details

  38. I have full guardianship of my niece for almost a year now and I was not able to claim her on my 2019 tax returns as she was already claimed. Will the child stimulus check go to those who claim her even though she is no longer in their care? Can I claim her under the non-filer application and prove I have full guardianship and she’s been in my care for almost a year now?

    1. I’m having the same issue. My little girls dad can’t file a tax return but went onto the non filer forms and claimed her without my knowledge or permission and I have full custody of her. I wanna know how I can get that fixed. He owes 6 months back due child support as it is and is now trying to take her money from me as well that we need to live on.

  39. I claimed my 19 years old daughter worked at fast food but got laid off. Will she or i be getting stimulus?

  40. I claimed our qualifying child in 2019. My ex claimed her in 2018. We live in same house who should get the $500 payment or will we both?
    What can be done if it is not paid correctly?

  41. I have always claimed my 3 kids but didn’t receive the extra 500 per kid I only got 1200

  42. My father in law live with us but he is receiving social security my husband claim him in our tax can he get his own $1200 thank you

  43. I claim my 23 year old son as a dependent on my 2018 and 2019 recent tax returns. I received my $1200 stimulus check but did not receive the additional $500 for my son. Do I need to fill a separate form?

      1. So if I claimed my 39 year old son on my 2018 taxes does that mean he will NOT be getting the $500?

  44. My Ex-husband and I have 50/50 custody of our children. He claims both of them because I only get social security. The stimulus money went to him and he’s refusing to split it. Is there anything I can do to change that?

    1. I feel your pain! My son’s father is in the 6 figure range too! I can only claim my son as a dependent every 4th year cause he “pays 75% of the computed support amount”.

  45. There is a family that both mom and dad file taxes but are both undocumented but all kids are citizens would they be eligable to recive at least for the children?

  46. I got my 1,200 check how ever I never got my daughters 500.0 and I claim her every year. How could that be of coarse you can’t get anyone to talk to.

    1. I’m in the same situation, i got my $1200 deposited in my bank but didn’t get the $500 for my 9 yrs old and i claimed her on my tax return.wonder why!

    2. Having the same issue , I claim my kids every year and DIDNT get $500 for my 6,3, OR 1 year old! I don’t understand

    3. Same for me – my wife and I received $1200 each, but nothing for our kids. Married filing jointly, 4 kids under 10 and I always claim them. I triplechecked my filing and I cannot find a possible reason I did not receive payment for the kids. No, no one else claimed them. No, they are not too old.

      There is absolutely no information out there that seems to acknowledge or answer this question and I absolutely cannot “wait until next year” to file my taxes and hope this is paid then. That’s a ridiculous ‘solution’ and shouldn’t be promoted as such.

      1. I’m having the same problem and I also can not wait til next year to file I have bills to pay now and my kids need things now not next year if you find out any information please let me know

  47. I receive SSI, so I do not file for taxes. my sixteen-year-old daughter work in 2019 and filed her own taxes, would we be eligible for the $500 child stimulus and who would receive it.

  48. My husband and I adopted our two daughters on May 24th, 2019. We have not filed our 2019 taxes yet. Our girls receive a monthly check on their dad’s ssa. My husband and I received our stimulus checks but did not receive the girls $500.00 checks yet? Is there a reason why?

    1. My son lived with his guardian for many years, he’s been back with me for 6 months now and I’m sure the guardian received the $500 for the stimulus pay out for him, I don’t know why, this should not have anything to do with taxes but EVERYTHING to do with the current home of these children during the pandemic. I’m reading too many stories where the WRONG person received the $500 stimulus pay out to the other parent or “Guardians” and so the children aren’t receiving this money! What’s going to be done about this? I hope something!? The parents or guardians receiving this money should have to pay it back to the government and held responsible if the other parent can PROVE during the time money was issued form the stimulus checks- why give parents checks for kids they DONT HAVE? This money is for the children to survive NOW, NOT 6 months ago or a year ago. Apparently this stimulus money was not thought out too well because kids and families need this money to survive!!!!

  49. My daughter is only 7 1/2 months and I didn’t receive the 500 for her too. Why not? I claimed her on my 2019 taxes.

    1. Same condition my daughter is 7 months now and i did put her as dependent on 2019 filing. I didn’t receive the $500 for the dependent. I read that i can claim in 2020 return, but it will be helpful if we get it now rather than after a year who knows what will happen after a year.

      1. True I’m in the same situation I can’t wait till 2020 we all need it now not later so I’m assuming there’s a lot of families who were left out and honestly need it seriously 1200 doesn’t get that far if you have rent which is 2000 not to mention the bills please let’s get this right for once

  50. I am in a tough situation. I’m engaged for 7 years now and I have three boys. Now I stay home and take care of the home and kids and my fiance works so he claimed me and my boys not with him as well as our one together all as dependents on his 2019 return because he does provide the support for us all and yet he doesn’t qualify for my 13 or 10 year old and nothing for me either:( I understand i’m 35 and was claimed as a dependent so i can’t get the 1200 for me but nonetheless he still supports us all and is laid off due to covid 19. He didn’t get the 500 for the kids under 17 in our house, no one gets it or what? Doesn’t seem fair that people that were in prison are getting money but me and my kids got nothing, or my fiance got nothing to provide support for us. We don’t get food stamps or help and it’s a lot of mouths to feed. I wonder if there will be a way to get the money for me and my children as I am an author but don’t make enough to file my own return so he claims us all as dependents and that has now messed everything up for us. HELP? I am hearing so many different answers to my ?’s and am getting frustrated.

  51. I only received the 1,200 but i was supposed to get the 1,700 bc i claimed my daughter. So i’m real confused

  52. I receive SSI and I have three children their dad claim them on taxes every year but my children live with me I have them full-time I just want to know who would receive the 500 stimulus check I need to know if there’s any way for me to receive their checks and not him

    1. Jericka Sharelle Miles….
      Sorry about the complexity of your situation. I know this sux to hear, but he will be the one to get the funds for all of you if he has claimed everyone including yourself as his dependents on his taxes. Hopefully, he does the right thing and sees to it that you and your children benefit from the amount you are entitled to. Not trying to be assuming or anything, It just seems from your post that you don’t feel confident the money will get to you if he is the one who receives it, and knowing how situations such as this are so often mishandled, that thought makes me sad.. I really hope that’s not the case for you and everyone does what’s right regardless of anything else. Life is hard. Wish you well.

  53. My husband and I received payment for ourselves and 4 of 5 children. Everyone in our family qualifies. I wonder if it has to do with my youngest being born abroad in 2018 while my husband was working in another country?

  54. I claimed my daughter on my taxes and didn’t receive the dependent portion on the stimulus package.

    1. If u claim kids on your your taxes got a child credit but didn’t get 500 for each kid ?

  55. My wife and I filed a 2019 joint- tax return with 3 kid dependents living with all of our lives.
    We received only $2400 for us, but nothing for my kids (8, 12, 14 years old). :-(

    1. Yes, common issue. Unfortunately the IRS is focused on processing current backlog of initial stimulus payments before they go back and fix mistakes or provide an appeal process for Americans to get answers to their questions

  56. I received my stimulus but not the $500 for either of my children and they are on my tax refund. Are they sending those payments separate or what?

    1. Yes, common issue. Unfortunately the IRS is focused on processing current backlog of initial stimulus payments before they go back and fix mistakes or provide an appeal process for Americans to get answers to their questions

  57. I claimed my child and have an additional child to claim for 2020. We only receive $2400. Help!!

  58. My husband is undocumented and myself and our twin daughters are US citizens. We file our taxes as married filed jointly. He was the only one employed. Are we eligible for the stimulus payment. Thanks

    1. You and your daughters should be. But having your undocumented husband on your tax return could be what’s raised a flag in IrS systems and held up your stimulus payment

  59. I just received my $1200 but I haven’t receive my daughter who is under 9 yrs check. I filed for her in my 2018 tax returns… My next concern is, my husband and I filed 2019 tax returns jointly for the first time and we also had a daughter in January 2020. Is it because we join jointly, I have receive the $500 for my 8 yr old daughter? I’m so confused!!

  60. I got my 1200 stimulus check but not the 500 for my daughter who just turn 14 . What do I do ?

    1. Yes, common issue. Unfortunately we nee IRS to process current backlog of initial stimulus payments before they go back and fix mistakes or provide an appeal process for Americans to get answers to their questions

      1. I filed taxes last year claimed myself and daughter got child credit but only got 1200 for myself it said I should get 1700 ? There is no number to call I’m so nervous ?

  61. I filed taxes for this year for me and I claimed my 4 year old son and I received my check but never got his 500

  62. I am a single mom with a 10 year old son. I filed head of household and have been the only one to claim him as a dependent since he lives with me full-time. I’m well below the income threshold. I received $1200 but not the $500 for my son. I see other people are having issues but have not heard anything from the IRS on how to reconcile these errors. I was expecting this money now?

    1. Yes, common issue. Unfortunately we nee IRS to process current backlog of initial stimulus payments before they go back and fix mistakes or provide an appeal process for Americans to get answers to their questions

  63. I also only received 1200. I have three children and have claimed all three of them every year. So, I do not know how to go about getting this corrected.

  64. I received my stimulus but not my child stimulus I didn’t know if they were sending them separate thanks

  65. What about those whom claim EIC for their children each year, but not the actual child credit per court order? Children reside with me.

  66. My ex and I are divorced and filed taxes separately. Why should my chances of getting stimulus checks for the kids that I am with every day and need to feed depend on his income as well as mine? That makes no sense.
    I got my $1200 but got nothing for the two kids that I claimed on my taxes separately…. by myself ….not with their father. It shouldn’t depend on both peoples income whether Or not you get money for the kids or. I hope this isn’t true

  67. Hi I collect SSDI and my with is unemployed. We filed 2019 taxes jointly but we’re not required to leave bank information since we were not receiving a refund. I get my SSDI via direct deposit but still have not received the stimulus check. The IRS portal states I’m qualified but to enter my direct deposit information for quicker payment but gives me a technical issue message when I try to submit it. I have no idea how we will receive our payments since their site says if you get SSDI it will be sent the way you receive you regular pay but than the check my status says direct deposit information needed but doesn’t submit. Plus we have a 2 year old who is on our tax return but I don’t know if I have to take extra steps with her or not.

  68. I have daughter that was born in October of 2003, she is 16 years old, I claim her as a dependent , but I have not received her 500 hundred dollars.

  69. I cannot find any information on this. I receive social security, but in 2018 filed taxed due to a part time job. I had 1 child at that time that I claimed on my 2018 tax return. I have not worked since and don’t need to file taxes due to ssi. I had a baby in 2019. Since I don’t need to file taxes the irs doesn’t know I have another dependent. I received my stimulus check already. And got the $500 for my daughter that I claimed in 2018. Is there anything I can do to get the $500 for my other child since I’ve already received the stimulus check i can’t file the non-filers form. And I didn’t know about that form before or I would have filled it out already. Please help!

  70. I had a baby in 2019. I filed my 2019 taxes at the end of March, claiming my baby as a dependent. I received the $1200 but did not receive the $500 for my child. We meet all eligibility requirements. Wondering why I did not get this and how to go about fixing it.

  71. My husband and I file Married but separately. We already filed for 2019. My husband received his $1200, and I received $138. We file my daughter (born in 2018) under my name, but I didn’t receive her $500. Any idea why?

  72. I received my $1200, my ex wife and I split the claim between my 15 yr old and 16 yr old daughter, my daughter turns 17 in August 2020, however, I have not received the $500 for her…what’s up with that?

  73. I also didnt get the stimulus for my 3 children, only myself. Hoh, single, and I claimed them. Im under the yearly 12k threshold for having to file but i was employed and needed to. It seems like there are gaps where people have fallen through with no clear answer what to do now.

  74. So in 2018 I filed jointly with my ex-wife, because we were not divorced yet. I have not yet filed my 2019 taxes, but she did and claimed our daughter. I mistakenly received all of our money in my account, $2900. Our daughter was 17 at the end of 2019. I provided my ex with her $1200 but held the $500 for our daughter, assuming that the $500 would need to be paid back at the end of 2020. Would that be correct?

    1. @Joe
      It was nice of you to your ex her money.
      No, you do not have to pay the stimulus money back.

  75. 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.

  76. Filed as head of household, under the income threshold, with two children under 16. Only received 1200. I keep seeing people post on social media that they have heard of people getting split payments. Have you heard of this, and if so, why would it happen like so?

  77. I had the same situation this morning. I’m a single mom and I cleaned my three kids on my taxes and I only got the 500 for two kids they left one kid out so it just confused me. I claim them every year on my taxes so I don’t see how they left it out. On top of that I submitted my routing and account information yesterday on that links and they put it in a completely different savings account same bank but a completely different number.

  78. My husband and I just had a baby October 2019 and claimed her on our 2019 taxes and we filing jointly. We received our $2400.00 stimulus check on April 15, but didn’t get the additional $500 for our daughter. Is there something additional I need to fill out for her?

    1. I have the very same scenario. I had my daughter late Oct 2019 and only received $2,400.00 for my wife and I. I would like to know if I also need to do something different.

  79. I have an 8 year old daughter that lives with me. I have custody and claim her on my taxes. She’s blood related. I only received $1200. How can i contact the IRS to fix the issue when they are not accepting calls?

  80. My ex and I have 3 children together. We altenate years claiming the kids. I claim 1, she 2 and vice versa.
    In 2018 she claimed 2 and I 1. She filed her taxed for 2019 claiming one and I have not filed. So we both got our checks yesterday. She got for credit for (1) based on 2019 tax return and I got credit for (1) based on 2018 tax return which based on system is correct…. but we did not recieve payment for our 3rd child? How can we correct this

  81. I got my 1200 and so did my daughters mother but we never received the 500 for our child? I thought I would get it in with the 1200 anyone have a suggesty

  82. I filed my taxes for 2018 and claimed both my children yet when I received my payment I only got the money for one child.

    1. I didn’t receive the money for both of my kids. How do i apply to get the money. I claimed them on my taxes

  83. I also got my 1200 today. And I tried filling out for taxes and I’ve paid taxes but they told me since your a care giver and their living with you and shes your mother we passed a law where u cant claim taxes and you shouldn’t pay taxes either so i got some money back for paying taxes and I had to write resentment o my taxes. But I have two kids and their both under age of 17 one is 11 and my other is 7 and I don’t t know what I’m supose to do to find out or fill out about the 500 their supose to get each.

  84. My question is. My son just turned 16 this March, he lives with me year round, His father claims child tax credit on him, but he is my dependent. Which parent gets the $500. I only received my $1200. Not sure how this works, al the information I’m reading is confusing.
    Thank you

    1. Whomever claims him on tax return gets the $500. That’s the main way the IRS knows whom to send the money to.

  85. I had my baby back in October. We did not file our taxes until The beginning of April. We did not receive the $500 for her. Do you think that will come on it’s own or is there something I should do to Make sure I receive it?

  86. The same thing happened to me. I’m married and didnt even get the 2400. I was given 2300. And didnt even get for my 3 children. All 3 were filed in 2019 tax return and all ages 5,3 and 1. I depend on that money due to the fact my husband is laid off due to this virus. It’s a struggle right now. Any one have any info?

  87. Last year I filed married filing jointly with my ex and are dependent child (for 2018). This year my fiancé has claimed her and myself as dependents on our taxes for 2019. We had a biological child together in 2019. We received our stimulus today; I have course get nothing but we only got $500 for one child. I am almost positive my ex did not file this year‘s taxes because he owed excessively. Would he have gotten the $500 for my first child even though my fiancé claimed her most recently? It’s not right, I have sole custody of her.

  88. We had a child in 2019, claimed her as our dependent on our 2019 taxes (have already received the 2019 refund), but did not get the $500 For her in the stimulus check. We only received $2400. She does qualify, from everything we’ve read. Do you have any idea how/where to go to resolve this? We’ve looked on the IRS website l, went all over on it, but don’t see anywhere to resolve it. They’re not taking phone calls either! :( Thank you for any information!

  89. My husband and I filed jointly, make under $150,000, claimed one of our 3 kids who is currently 14 (the other two are over 17 and received their own stimulus checks). We did not get the $500 for him. I can’t find any info on why other than maybe it will come later. Does anyone have any more I formation than that?

  90. The same thing happened to me I received 2400 for a couple but didn’t get the extra 500 for my daughter who turned 16 in December 2019 what can I do will I get it later I can see that I’m not the only one who didn’t get it ugg we need every penny this is horrible when you need it the most.

  91. I’m a single mom with two children, 5 and 15, I received my $1200 but did not receive $500 per child. I have always claimed both children on my taxes.

  92. I just received my stimulus however I also had a baby in December 2019 whom I claimed in my taxes and I did not received the $500 I went to the get my payment took and is not allowing me to do anything but verify if I received my payment is anyone else having the same issue how can I get the credit for him. It’s says you will received in you tax return however I received those before and there was no additional $500 for my baby HELP

  93. Confused! I received my stimulus check, ( 1,200 ) but Nothing for my daughter which was born July 2019 and yes I did claim her for 2019 taxes , –
    My best friend got for herself & daughter and she was also born May 2019 , What is going on ?

  94. I have twin 17 year old boys and I filed my 2019 taxes months ago. I file single and they are my dependents and I received the 1200.00 But nothing for my kids. Still trying to figure out what are the standard rules to get the dependent care stimulus? They are still in High school and don’t work.

  95. I’m a single Father of 2 children a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old and today the IRS deposited in my account $387.00 in my account. WTH!

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