Non-Filers’ Stimulus Check Deadline

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If you don't typically file a tax return – and haven't received an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) – register as quickly as possible using the Non-Filers: Enter Info Here tool on IRS.gov. We urge you to act quickly, as this tool will not be available after November 21.

This tool is solely for those who have not received their EIP and do not normally file a tax return. For taxpayers who had requested an extension of time to file their 2019 tax return, that deadline date passed on October 15. Those of you who missed the October 15th deadline can still receive the payment, but it will be applied to next year’s 2020 tax return instead of your 2019 tax return.

The Non-Filers tool is secure and is based on Free File Fillable Forms, part of the Free File Alliance's offering of free products on IRS.gov.

The Non-Filers tool is designed for people with incomes typically below $24,400 for married couples, and $12,200 for single individuals who could not be claimed as a dependent by someone else. This includes couples and individuals who are experiencing homelessness.

Anyone using the Non-Filers tool can speed the arrival of their payment by choosing to receive it by direct deposit. Those not choosing this option will receive a check in the mail.

Beginning two weeks after they register, eligible individuals can track the status of their payment by visiting IRS.gov and using the Get My Payment tool. This tool will let you know if a payment has been issued and whether the payment was direct deposited or sent by mail. In certain situations, this tool will also give the option of providing your bank account information to receive your payment by direct deposit. Information is updated once a day, usually overnight, so there is no need to check it more than once a day. You will be required to enter some information about yourself in order to verify your identity. Be sure you have a copy of your tax return so that you are able to enter the correct information required.

  • If the answers do not match IRS records after multiple attempts, the user will be locked out of the tool for 24 hours. This is for security reasons. Those who cannot verify their identity will not be able to use Get My Payment. If this happens you should not contact the IRS and you will not be able to use this tool. If you are certain you entered the correct information and are locked out, you may want to contact your tax professional for help.
     
  • If the tool returns a message of "payment status not available," this may mean the IRS cannot determine your eligibility for a payment right now. There are several reasons this could happen. Two common reasons are:
    • A 2018 or 2019 tax return is not on file and the agency needs additional information, or
    • You were claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax return.

The IRS highly recommends the online Non-Filers tool for the fastest Economic Impact Payment. If you miss the November 21 deadline, you can claim the payment as a credit on your 2020 federal income tax return next year. The payment is not taxable income, and getting this payment does not affect eligibility for other benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, unemployment benefits or other benefit programs. The payment will not reduce a taxpayer's refund or increase the amount owed when their 2020 tax return is filed next year.

If you receive an Economic Impact Payment this year, keep Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment, with your tax records. This notice provides information about the amount of your payment, how the payment was made and how to report any payment that was not received.

 

Where can you get more information?

If you are not required to file, you should go to the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool and submit your information to receive an Economic Impact Payment.

For the complete lists of FAQs, visit the Economic Impact Payment and the Get My Payment tool pages on IRS.gov. The IRS updates these FAQs regularly.

 

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