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Congressman Ryan Issues Alert to Benefit Recipients Who Don't File a Tax Return and Have Dependents

April 21, 2020
Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today alerted constituents of an IRS notice for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act by noon this Wednesday, April 22, if they didn't file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents, so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment.

Following the request of Congressman Ryan, $1,200 automatic payments will be starting soon for those receiving Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Veterans Affairs beneficiaries who didn't file a tax return in the last two years. No action is needed by these groups to automatically receive their $1,200 payment.

For those benefit recipients with children who aren’t required to file a tax return, an extra step is needed to quickly add $500 per eligible child onto their automatic payment of $1,200. Those in these groups have a limited window to register to have $500 per eligible child added automatically to their soon-to-be-received $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. They should use the special non-filer tool on and complete it by noon Eastern time, Wednesday, April 22 in order to get their eligible Economic Income Payment (EIP) into a single payment. Otherwise, their payment at this time will be $1,200 and, by law, the additional $500 per eligible child amount would be paid in association with a return filing for tax year 2020.

“I want all in Northeast Ohio who receive these benefits to get their maximum Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 plus $500 for each eligible child as quickly as possible,” said Congressman Ryan. “While I’m pleased these beneficiaries will get $1,200 automatically, they need to act quickly and register at to get the extra $500 per child added to their payment. I know many in these groups don’t normally need to file a return and may not realize they qualify for a larger payment, which is needed as families everywhere are feeling the economic brunt of this crisis.”

To help spread the word to recipients with children about this special "Plus $500 Push," the IRS has additional material available on a special partners page that can be shared with friends, family members, and community groups.