If you think you’re missing a $500 payment for your dependents, the window to claim the money is quickly closing. You have until Sept. 30 to submit information on your dependents and correct any errors from the first time around with the IRS’ Non-Filers tool. 

a hand holding a book: You can still get your missing $500 stimulus payment for child dependents. Sarah Tew/CNET

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The $500 sum should’ve been part of the stimulus checks the IRS started sending out last spring. If you’re unsure of the money you’re owed, try CNET’s stimulus check calculator and your AGI for an estimate. If the size of the check you received doesn’t seem as big as expected, you may need to request a catch-up payment.

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If you still haven’t received your stimulus check and you think it’s lost or missing, try this IRS phone number to file a report.

Second stimulus check negotiations are poised to resume at long last, with House Democrats now working on a new coronavirus relief bill reportedly worth $2.4 trillion. Below, we detail everything we know about how to claim a $500 stimulus catchup payment. We regularly update this story.

Next stimulus checks: What to expect



I think I’m missing my $500 dependent stimulus check. What should I do?

To file for your missing $500 stimulus money, visit the Free File Fillable Forms site, select Get Started and create an account if you haven’t already. Then follow the posted instructions for filling out the form. You’ll need to provide your full name, mailing and email address, date of birth, Social Security number, bank account number (if you have one), driver’s license or state ID (if you have one), each qualifying child’s Social Security number and the child’s relationship to


We help you estimate the maximum amount that could end up in your bank account if another stimulus payment arrives.

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Could a second stimulus check happen before the Nov. 3 election, and if so, how much could you get if you qualify a new payment? Now that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have agreed to resume negotiations on another relief package, there’s still hope to squeeze in a coronavirus check before election day. 

House Democrats are looking to score a vote on a new relief proposal worth $2.4 trillion on Oct. 2. If it actually passes, the Senate could choose to pick it up, or, as was the case with the Heroes Act that the House passed in May, could do nothing.

The first stimulus check sent up to $1,200 per adult, but a second stimulus payment could be lower or higher, particularly if the qualifications for dependents are broadened or if your financial circumstances have changed since March (try CNET’s stimulus calculator for an estimate that’s specific to your situation). These new eligibility rules (among others) will shape the size of a potential payment.

Below, we’ve listed potential scenarios that could happen, and for a quick takeaway, check out the key facts to know about stimulus checks. This story is frequently updated.

You could get less than $1,200 — or maybe more

If another stimulus bill passes and you get an extra stimulus check, it’s likely that $1,200 will remain the maximum for individuals — that was in the last stimulus bill and two proposals. For most people, calculating the total amount requires them to know their adjusted gross income, or AGI.

That’s just the start. Family circumstances, like if you file