The Internal Revenue Service is notifying nearly 9 million Americans who did not collect the $ 1,200 stimulus payments after their checks were available.
The IRS announced that it will mail letters to people who did not submit a return for 2018 or 2019, but who were still eligible for economic impact payments.
According to internal IRS analysis, these are the people who usually do not have tax filing requirements because they seem to have very low incomes based on Forms W-2 and 1099, and other third-party data available to the IRS.
IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said the IRS continues to work hard to reach people who qualify for these payments. “This correspondence is the latest step by the IRS to reach as many people as possible for these important payments.”
The IRS has released a breakdown of the number of people in each state that the IRS sends to a letter, so that “local and local leaders can better understand the size of this population in their community and help them claim these important payments.”
The letter urges recipients to visit IRS.gov before the October 15 deadline to see if they qualify to claim the Economic Impact Payment and to register for payment in order to receive it by the end of the year.
To date, over 7 million people have already used the Non-Filers tool to sign up for a boost.
The IRS said that people can qualify for a payment, even if they are not working or have no earned income. However, low- and middle-income workers and working families who qualify for special tax benefits, such as an Earned Income Tax Credit or a Child Tax Credit, cannot use the Non-Filers and will need to file a regular tax return.
The IRS suggests that non-applicants choose to receive their payments using direct deposit in order to speed up payment arrival.
Those who miss the October 15 deadline but are not required to file a federal tax return may still be eligible to file a tax return for 2020 next year to claim a tax credit.
The IRS said the letters were part of the final phase of the IRS’s efforts to reach out and create public awareness about economic impact payments.
Payments, which were part of the CARES Act passed in March, still offer up to $ 1,200 for individuals and up to $ 2,400 for spouses. People with children under 17 years old at the end of 2019 can receive an additional sum of up to $ 500 per child.