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Veterans Benefits Recipients Will Get Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

The Internal Revenue Service announced that recipients of VA benefits will automatically receive coronavirus stimulus payments.

Veterans and their beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from VA will receive a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment with no further action needed on their part. Timing on the payments is still being determined.

The IRS has also done the same for individuals receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement benefits. Many people in these groups are expected to see the automatic $1,200 payments later this month, with SSI payments expected to start in early May.

The Treasury Department, not the VA, will make these automatic payments.  Recipients will generally receive the automatic payments the way they receive their current benefits.

NOTE: Extra Step Needed for Benefits Recipients with Children

The IRS said that benefits recipients who have qualifying dependents will need to take an extra step to ensure they get the additional $500 payment per child.

The law provides eligible taxpayers with qualifying children under age 17 to receive an extra $500. For taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019, the child payments will be automatic.

However, many benefit recipients typically aren’t required to file tax returns. If they have children who qualify, an extra step is needed to add $500 per child onto their automatic payment of $1,200 if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019.

For those who receive these benefits – including VA, Social Security retirement or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits or SSI – and have a qualifying child, they can quickly register by visiting “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info” available on the website. For those who can use this tool as soon as possible, they may be able to get earlier delivery of the child payments by having these added to their automatic payments.

NOTE: Do NOT use (“Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info”)  tool if you will be filing a 2019 return. If you are required to file a return, using this tool will NOT speed up your Economic Impact Payment and will likely slow down processing of your tax return and receiving any refund.

We deeply appreciate the sacrifices and service to our country by each and every veteran and their families.