The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides relief and assistance to families, workers, and health care professionals on the front lines fighting this crisis. One provision included in the CARES Act directs the IRS to distribute economic impact payments. Americans are eligible to receive $1,200 from the federal governemnt to help you cope with the impacts of coronavirus. Please see IRS contact information if you believe you did not receive this money.
Check the status of your Economic Impact Payment: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment
Economic Impact Payment FAQs: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center
“Get My Payment” FAQs: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment-frequently-asked-questions
IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service contact page: https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/contact-us
Coronavirus tax updates: https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/taxupdates
Please visit IRS.gov/coronavirus, where the IRS is continuing to post updates about the economic impact payments.
IRS and FDIC Information for Those Without Bank Accounts:
As part of the wider outreach effort, the IRS has been working with other federal agencies to share information, ranging from the Treasury Department and the Bureau of Fiscal Service to the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to those groups, a number of federal agencies have additional information of interest to taxpayers, including FDIC. To help people without bank accounts obtain an Economic Impact Payment, the FDIC website has created a special page. It includes information for people describing where to find a bank that can open an account online and how to choose the right account.
Information for Non-Filers
For those who normally do not file a tax return, the IRS has put together a website and information for you to ensure you receive your payment. Please see information below directly from the IRS regarding non-filers.
How do I use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool?
For those who don’t normally file a tax return, the process is simple and only takes a few minutes to complete. First, visit IRS.gov, and look for “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here.” Then provide basic information including Social Security number, name, address, and dependents. The IRS will use this information to confirm eligibility and calculate and send an Economic Impact Payment. Using the tool to get your payment will not result in any taxes being owed. Entering bank or financial account information will allow the IRS to deposit your payment directly in your account. Otherwise, your payment will be mailed to you.
“Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info” is secure, and the information entered will be safe. The tool is based on Free File Fillable Forms, part of the Free File Alliance’s offerings of free products on IRS.gov.
Who should use the Non-Filers tool?
This new tool is designed for people who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and who don’t receive Social Security retirement or disability benefits or Railroad Retirement benefits. Others who should consider the Non-Filers tool as an option, include:
Lower income: Among those who could use Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool are those who haven’t filed a 2018 or 2019 return because they are under the normal income limits for filing a tax return. This may include single filers who made under $12,200 and married couples making less than $24,400 in 2019.
Veterans beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients: The IRS continues to explore ways to see if Economic Impact Payments can be made automatically to SSI recipients and those who receive veterans disability compensation, pension or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and who did not file a tax return for the 2018 or 2019 tax years. People in these groups can either use Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info option now or wait as the IRS continues to review automatic payment options to simplify delivery for these groups.
Social Security, SSDI and Railroad Retirement beneficiaries with qualifying dependents: These groups will automatically receive $1,200 Economic Impact Payments. People in this group who have qualifying children under age 17 may use Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info to claim the $500 payment per child.
Students and others: If someone else claimed you on their tax return, you will not be eligible for the Economic Impact Payment or using the Non-Filer tool.
More Information on Economic Impact Payments
The IRS will post additional updates on IRS.gov/coronavirus on these and other issues.