WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set a deadline of Tuesday, May 5 for some veterans and disabled Americans to request an additional $500 child payment.

A press release from the congressman’s office said the deadline applies to veterans receiving compensation for service-connected disabilities or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who do not file annual tax returns. 

Disabled veterans and those receiving SSI are eligible for payments of $1,200 and also $500 payments for dependent children under 17 years of age.  Because the IRS does not have information regarding dependents for these individuals, they must request these funds through an on-line portal at IRS.GOV by May 5, said Congressman Vela’s press release.

Under the CARES Act, Americans with an income under $75,000 (or $150,000 if filing jointly) are eligible for Economic Impact Payments of $1,200 per adult along with a $500 payment for each child age 17 and younger.  The IRS is processing the payments and sending them electronically to those who have bank information on file with the agency.  Social Security recipients are scheduled to receive their payments to the account registered with Social Security beginning this week, and veterans and SSI recipients will receive funds electronically in mid-May.

If you need assistance accessing the online portal, you may contact Representative Vela’s Brownsville district office at (956) 544-8352.