Personal Finance

Some stimulus checks didn't include $500 for dependents. Now the government is sending those payments

Key Points
  • Americans who don't typically file taxes had to report their dependents to the government in order to get their full stimulus checks.
  • But many families were surprised this spring to find the dependent pay missing, even though they had submitted the required information on their children before the deadline.
  • Starting this week, the government is sending out the remaining money to those families via direct deposit and postal mail.
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Some Americans who qualified for stimulus checks received an unwelcome surprise when the $500 payments for their children under 17 were not included.

Starting today, the U.S. government plans to send out the missing cash.

That applies to those individuals and couples who are not required to file a tax return and used the IRS non-filer tool to provide information on their qualifying children.

If they entered their information before May 17 and did not get their dependent pay, they will get that money starting this week, according to the IRS.

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The stimulus checks, authorized by Congress with the CARES Act, included up to $1,200 per individual or $2,400 per married couple who file jointly. Dependents under 17 were eligible for $500, in keeping with the definition for the child tax credit.

Direct deposits including those missing dependent stimulus payments are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Paper checks and debit card payments are slated to go out on Friday, Aug. 7.

The payments will be made the same way the initial stimulus checks were sent. For example, if you received an initial stimulus check through direct deposit, the additional money will also come via direct deposit. If you received your check by mail, the dependent payments will arrive the same way.

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The IRS Get My Payment tool will let you check the status of the $500 dependent payments. You should also receive a mailed letter confirming that the payment was issued. 

Those who used the non-filer tool after May 17 should have received stimulus checks with dependent pay included, according to the IRS.

Some parents reported difficulties receiving the dependent stimulus pay earlier this year.