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IRS Clears VA Beneficiaries to Get $1,200 Stimulus Checks Automatically

Extra step still required by May 5 to claim $500 payments for qualifying children

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En español | The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on April 17 said beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension benefit payments from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will get $1,200 stimulus payments automatically. No further action will be required of VA beneficiaries, who typically aren't required to file tax returns. For Americans who are required to file returns regularly, the IRS is basing eligibility for stimulus payments, also referred to as economic impact payments, on 2019 tax returns (or 2018, if no 2019 return is on file yet).

The IRS estimates that stimulus payments will be issued to VA beneficiaries by mid-May. A first round of stimulus payments started going out to about 80 million Americans the week of April 13, according to the IRS. Recipients will generally receive automatic payments the same way they receive their current benefits.

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VA beneficiaries join the ranks of other beneficiaries who typically don't file tax returns and who will receive $1,200 stimulus payments automatically. At the beginning of April, the IRS announced that Social Security beneficiaries, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) beneficiaries and railroad retirees would get automatic $1,200 payments without the need to file a tax return or other paperwork. On April 15, recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), who typically aren't required to file tax returns, were added to the group receiving $1,200 payments automatically.

VA beneficiaries with children need to register by May 5 for extra $500 payment

VA beneficiaries with qualifying children under age 17 are eligible to receive an additional stimulus payment of $500 per child. However, the extra payment won't come automatically. VA beneficiaries with children need to register with the IRS by May 5.

Here's how it works: Go to to use the “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info” web tool to register for the extra stimulus payments for children. Enter basic information about yourself and your dependent or dependents into the tool, such as full names, mailing address, email address, Social Security numbers and so on.

The IRS says VA beneficiaries will not be able to enter Direct Express debit card account information into the non-filers tool. Either enter bank account information to receive a direct deposit or leave the bank account information blank to receive payment by mail.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect new information.

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