The IRS is estimated to have sent 160 million payments as of August through , mailed checks and to help Americans weather the economic impact of the . But there are still as many as 9 million people who don’t have their — and may not even know they’re eligible to receive one.
These are people who didn’t file a federal income tax return in either 2018 or 2019. To receive checks, these nonfilers need to register to claim their money. The IRS is mailing notification letters with instructions, but we’ll tell you what you need to know and how to get started. (Some people with are also missing portions of their check and have .)
Washington lawmakers continueon a new and . Here’s what you need to know about when a to eligible Americans and you could get.
What’s 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.
Which form will the IRS send and what does it look like?
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.
How do you 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 Get My Payment to check the status of your payment.and then use the IRS’
For more on economic impact payments have tips on, and . Again, you can use to get an estimate for how much you might receive.