Can I still access the Economic Impact Payment (EIP or “stimulus payment”) if I did not file a tax return in 2019 or 2018?
Yes, people who are not normally required to file a tax return and don't plan to do so can use the Non-Filers tool to get an Economic Impact Payment. The only way they can get this payment is to register with the IRS by using this free tool (available in both English and Spanish). The registration deadline is Nov. 21, 2020.
What if I receive Social Security, SSI, RRB or VA benefits and have a child or children under the age of 17 and DID receive the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment (EIP) for myself, but DID NOT receive $500 for each of my children earlier this year when I received my EIP?
The IRS reopened registration for some individuals who receive Social Security, SSI, RRB or VA benefits, but who did not receive $500 per child earlier this year when they received their own Economic Impact Payment.
You can use the Non-Filers tool to get the qualifying child payment only if you:
- have not used the Non-Filers tool already to provide information about your qualifying child payments earlier this year, or
- have not filed a 2019 (or 2018) tax return.
Only these federal benefit recipients can use the IRS.gov Non-Filers tool August 15 through September 30 to enter information on your qualifying children to receive a catch-up $500 payment per child.
Any eligible federal benefits recipient who miss the September 30 deadline will need to claim the payment as a credit on their 2020 federal income tax return next year.
Importantly, no further action is needed for some federal benefit recipients who used the Non-Filers tool. For those Social Security, SSI, Department of Veterans Affairs and Railroad Retirement beneficiaries who already used the Non-Filers tool May 5 through August 15 to provide information on qualifying children, no further action is needed.
The IRS will automatically issue the catch-up payment in October. Those who received their original Economic Impact Payment by direct deposit will receive any catch-up payment as a direct deposit to the same account. Others will receive a check in the mail.
People can use Get My Payment to check the status of the catch-up $500 EIP per qualifying child. They will also receive another Notice 1444 in the mail stating that the additional $500 EIP per qualifying child was issued. Recipients should keep this letter with their tax records.
Also, no action needed for people who filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return. Individuals who already received an Economic Impact Payment based on their 2018 or 2019 tax return, should not use the Non-Filers tool, even if they think they did not receive the full amount. These people may be able to claim an additional payment when they file their 2020 tax return next year.
Where can I go for more information on the Economic Impact Payments?
The IRS Frequently Asked Questions are available here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center