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Urgent message for Parents on Social Security; Cal

April 2020

Parents on Social Security Must File IRS
Non-Filers Information by THIS WEDNESDAY

The Department of the Treasury and Social Security Administration announced new deadlines today for parents on Social Security benefits or SSI to fill out the IRS Non-Filers information, to receive the $500 economic impact payment per child.

Social Security beneficiaries need to act by Wednesday, April 22, to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly. SSI recipients need to take action by later this month; a specific date will be available soon.

The press release says:

"WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service today urge social security, railroad retirement and veterans benefit recipients who have qualifying children and did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return to go to the IRS Non-Filer tool by Wednesday, April 22, and enter basic information to receive the $500 per eligible child added to their automatic $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.

“Social security recipients and other federal benefit recipients will get their $1,200 automatically, but if they have dependents and did not file in 2018 or 2019, they need to use the IRS Non-Filers tool as soon as possible to input information to get their $500 per child,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

“If the IRS does not receive this essential information by Wednesday, their payment will be $1,200 and the $500 per child will be paid to them with a return filing for tax year 2020.”

Those receiving federal benefits – including Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, or Veterans Administration benefits – who have qualifying children and who were not required file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 should go to and click on the “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” button."

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EBT Online
As of April 28, 2020 you can use your EBT card to make purchases online

Individuals and families can purchase groceries online using their EBT card at Amazon and Walmart. If you receive CalWORKs, you may also be able to use your cash benefits to make purchases online at Wal-Mart.

California expedited implementation of EBT online purchasing in response to COVID-19. Allowing for EBT online purchases will support vulnerable populations in meeting their nutrition needs, especially while a statewide stay at home order remains in place. California is actively working to expand the number of stores that accept EBT online in the future.

CalFresh provides monthly food benefits that help individuals and families buy healthy, nutritious food! Even if temporary, individuals and families who have experienced a change in their circumstances and need additional help may apply for CalFresh. Californian’s can visit to apply or call 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD) to be connected to their local county social service office.

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