IR-2020-75, April 17, 2020, VA recipients will automatically receive EIPs
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients as well as Veterans Affairs recipients will automatically receive a $1,200 EIP with no further action needed on their part.
The law also provides eligible taxpayers with qualifying children under age 17 to receive an extra $500. For taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019, the child payments will be automatic. However, many benefit recipients typically aren't required to file tax returns. If they have children who qualify, an extra step is needed to add $500 per child onto their automatic payment of $1,200 if they didn't file a tax return in 2018 or 2019.
Those who receive these benefits – including VA, Social Security retirement or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits or SSI – and have a qualifying child, can quickly register using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool.
Veterans Affairs Recipients
The Treasury Department, not the VA, will make these automatic payments. Timing on the payments is still being determined. Recipients will generally receive the automatic payments the way they receive their current benefits. VA recipients who quickly provide IRS with required information about qualifying children can receive $500 per dependent child in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If beneficiaries do not provide their information to the IRS soon, they will receive their $500 per qualifying child at a later date, depending on when they complete the registration process.