Many more stimulus checks are ready to be sent out – some already have been. Here is who is getting them and why. Also, some people may need to do one thing first.
More Stimulus Checks Ready to Go Out
There are almost 9 million people that have not yet received their $1,200 stimulus checks. These are people that typically do not file federal income tax returns. This includes those that may have had incomes low enough to not file a federal return and likely are those that may be in the greatest need for this money at this time.
Who Gets These Checks?
If you have not filed a federal tax return in 2018 or 2019, you will need to fill out the Non-Filer’s Payment Tool with your information. Millions have already done this but millions more have not yet done this.
So, if you have not filed a return for the last two tax years (and were not required to) and did not fill out the Non-Filer’s Tool, you likely have a $1,200 check waiting for you, $2,400 for couples that would normally need to file jointly. Plus, if you have a dependent under the age of 17, you will be eligible to get $500 for each of them as well.
Find out more about what you need to do before September 30 if you are in this category!
What Do You Need to Do to Get Your Check?
All you need to do to get the ball rolling for your stimulus check (if you are eligible) is to fill out this IRS form for Non-Filers. After that, your information will be in the system and the IRS can get you a check for your part of the stimulus package.
If you are unable to fill out the form, you can submit a simplified paper return and you can read more about that here.
Important Due Dates
If you have a dependent and did not receive money for them but did for you, you have until September 30 to file using the above tool to get the $500 for each dependent under the age of 17. You can read more about that in this post.
But, if you have not received any money yet, the deadline for you to get your money this year is October 15. Fill out the Non-Filer’s form before that date if you want to claim it for this year!
Otherwise, you can file a return next year for 2020 and claim your stimulus check on that (since, technically, the stimulus money was simply an advance on the amount for next year).
Are You Eligible?
If you are a U.S citizen/permanent resident/or qualifying resident alien, you could be eligible but you need to have these three qualifications as well:
- Have a valid Social Security number,
- Could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and
- Had adjusted gross income under certain limits.
There are some other situations where you may not be eligible and you can see all about that here.
If you are in this group of 9 million Americans who are still waiting for a stimulus payment, you can get a jump on it using the information in this post. The IRS will be sending out letters to you around right now to inform you about the October 15 deadline but now you have this information ahead of time.
If you get this letter, it will be a IRS Notice 1444-A, written in English and Spanish and have the information you need about claiming your money. Or, you can use the information in this post to get started.