This article was last updated on September 8
The IRS has announced that approximately nine million Americans who typically don’t file federal income tax returns may be eligible for, but have not registered to claim their 2020 stimulus. They are still encouraging people to file a tax return (see free options at TurboTax) or register on the IRS site by this years extended tax deadline (October 15th) to get the payment before year end.
As a reminder, qualifying individuals can receive up to $1,200, and married couples can receive up to $2,400. People with qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2019 can get up to an additional $500 dependent stimulus for each qualifying child
The IRS reminder letters (IRS Notice 1444-A) are being sent to millions of lower income people who haven’t filed a return for either 2018 or 2019.
Millions who don’t normally file a tax return have already registered and received a payment. We are taking this extra step to help Americans who may not know they could be eligible for this payment or don’t know how to register for one. People who aren’t required to file a tax return can quickly register on IRS.gov and still get their money this year.”IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig
If those receiving letters haven’t done so already, this letter urges eligible individuals to register by October 15 for a payment by using the free IRS Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool. More than seven million people have used the Non-Filers tool so far to register for a payment.
The IRS emphasizes that anyone required to file either a 2018 or 2019 tax return should file the tax return and not use the Non-Filers tool.
The registration deadline for non-filers to claim an Economic Impact Payment through the Non-Filers tool is October 15, 2020. People can also wait until next year and claim it as a credit on their 2020 federal income tax return by filing in 2021.
For more details, see the IRS news release.