September 24, 2020
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9 million people could still claim a $1,200 stimulus check by Oct. 15. What you should know


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The IRS this month will contact 9 million Americans who may still be owed stimulus money.


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While the debate over a second stimulus check rages on, there are still roughly 9 million people who are still eligible to receive the first check — many if not most of them will get $1,200. And the IRS is eager to pay out. 

Since April, the IRS has made close to 200 million payments through checks, direct deposits and prepaid debit cards as part of legislation to help offset the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic on livelihoods and people’s ability to work. But at least one group of people haven’t gotten their money (well, maybe two)

Who are they? Predominantly people who didn’t file a federal income tax return in either 2018 or 2019 who still meet the requirements. Here’s the catch — this group of nonfilers need to register to claim it. 

This month, the agency will mail letters with all the details, but we’ll tell you what we know right now about finding out if you’re eligible for the original stimulus check and then claiming it if you receive a letter from the IRS. And here’s what you need to know about when a second stimulus check might come to eligible Americans and how much money you could get.

Who will the IRS contact about the owed payments?

The IRS said it’s sending letters to 9 million Americans who didn’t file federal income tax returns in either 2018 or 2019 and who may be eligible for a payment. This group includes both those who are not required to file a return and those who are required but haven’t yet, the agency said.


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How will the IRS contact those who qualify for a stimulus check?

The IRS will start sending the letters —  which it calls IRS Notice 1444-A — around Sept. 24 to those who may be eligible. The agency said the letter will be mailed from an IRS address. You can see a copy of the letter here (PDF) in English and Spanish.

What steps do you need to take to claim your payment?

If you weren’t required to file a federal tax return, the letter directs you to use the IRS’ Non-Filers tool, where you can provide some information to claim your payment.

If you were required to file your federal taxes but didn’t, the letter directs you to electronically file your 2019 tax return immediately and then use the IRS’ Get My Payment to check the status of your payment.

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The IRS is sending later this month letters to 9 million people who may still be due a stimulus payment.


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When is the deadline to request your payment?

Those using the Non-Filers tool need to request their payment by Oct. 15. Afterward, the only way to claim a payment will be to file a federal income tax return.

For more on economic impact payments have tips on how best to use your stimulus check, how to avoid being scammed and how young you can be and still get your own stimulus check money. Again, you can use our stimulus check calculator to get an estimate for how much you might receive.



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