IRS reopens registration for $500 checks after some families go uncredited

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BATON ROUGE, La. — If your family felt the $1,200 stimulus payment didn’t stretch far enough, you may be in luck.

On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service announced it would reopen the registration period for federal beneficiaries who did not receive the $500 per child payment earlier this year.

The CARES Act included a $1,200 payment for many individuals, $2,400 for married couples filing jointly and a $500 credit for children under 17. Some families however, did not receive credit for all of their dependents. 

People who received Social Security retirement, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Railroad Retirement benefits or Veterans Affairs Compensation and Pension (C&P) and have not used the Non-Filers tool to provide information on their child, should register by Sept. 30.

If you used the tool after May 5, the IRS said no action is needed.

Meanwhile, negotiations have stalled out on a coronavirus aid package, despite the fact that both parties want another wave of stimulus checks.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pressed the case for funding for the U.S. Postal Service, rental assistance, food aid and rapid testing for the virus. She said Republicans’ refusal of those additional funding measures are preventing further negotiations.

Meanwhile, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of holding up relief measures “unless they get a flood of demands with no real relationship to COVID-19.”

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