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IRS Again Extends Deadline for $500-Per-Child Stimulus Payment

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The IRS has once again extended the deadline for parents to claim the $500-per-child stimulus payments they are entitled to under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March.

“Federal beneficiaries who didn’t register to receive $500 per child payments earlier this year now have additional time,” the IRS said in a statement Monday. Parents have until 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Nov. 21 to claim the payment using the agency’s tool for people who don’t file income taxes.

(Related: IRS Gives Families More Time to Get Their $500-Per-Child Stimulus Payments)

This is the second time in two months that the tax agency has extended the deadline for the $500-per-child payments available to American households with children under 17 years old and incomes less than $99,000 (or $198,000 for joint filers), though the benefit begins to fade out for incomes over $75,000 and $150,000, respectively. The previous deadline, announced in August, was Sept. 30.

The latest extension for the per-child payments coincides with an extended deadline for taxpayers to register for the $1,200-per-adult Economic Impact Payment (EIP) announced in early October. Both payments were supposed to be sent automatically to taxpayers who had filed a federal tax return in 2018 or 2019, but the $500-per-child payments were excluded from EIP payments distributed between April 10 and May 17, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Non-filers were advised to use the Non-Filers tool to receive their payments.

(Related: IRS Extends Deadline to Register for Stimulus Payment)

The IRS says anyone using the Non-Filers tool can speed the arrival of their payment by choosing to receive it by direct deposit. Otherwise they will get a check. They can track the  status of their payment using the Get my Payment tool, available on