Join us for #GivingTuesday Now

Tuesday, May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Even though our office remains physically closed and our staff is working remotely during the stay at home order, there are still many ways we can “come together” on behalf of our communities.

Join us on #GivingTuesdayNow and get involved to support our communities and our work in one of the following ways:

  • Help your family and friends stay up-to-date by sharing our COVID-19 resources webpage which details how to get assistance during this emergency and your rights to work, housing, healthcare, and more.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
  • Thank an essential worker.
  • Support small businesses by shopping local.
  • Email or call New Mexico lawmakers to share your support of equitable policies for low-income, Native American, and immigrant communities.
  • Make a one-time donation to bolster our efforts.
  • Become a monthly donor and provide sustaining support through this crisis and the long-term economic recovery ahead.

Your support is appreciated now more than ever. Thank you!

Federal benefits recipients must act by WEDNESDAY to get stimulus payments for children

Trump administration gives tightest deadline to people most in need of relief during COVID-19 crisis

ALBUQUERQUE—Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefit recipients with children who do not file taxes must file a form by tomorrow at 10 am MST to receive their full stimulus payment in a timely manner. Benefits recipients must act immediately to receive the additional $500 stimulus payment this year for any eligible dependent children. The IRS announced this tight deadline on Monday afternoon.

“We are horrified by the IRS’s sudden announcement late yesterday forcing a large category of people to file a form by tomorrow morning to get stimulus payments for their children in a timely way,” said Lindsay Cutler, attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. “This is not enough time for most people to even hear about this new requirement, much less complete the form. Other options should be made available. People who receive Social Security and Railroad Retirement benefits programs should fill out the IRS Portal immediately to ensure they get their payment this year.”

To receive the $500 stimulus payments for children this calendar year, individuals must file a form on the IRS Portal by tomorrow morning at 10 am if they: 

  • Receive Social Security retirement benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance and Railroad Retirement benefits;
  • Have a dependent child/children under the age of 17 who qualify for the $500 Economic Impact (stimulus) payment; and
  • Did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return.

The IRS Portal for non filers can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here  

More information from the IRS is available here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/ssa-rrb-recipients-with-eligible-children-need-to-act-by-wednesday-to-quickly-add-money-to-their-automatic-economic-impact-payment-irs-asks-for-help-in-the-plus-500-push