Many who are struggling to make ends meet are waiting on White House and Democratic negotiations tofor a and a to help weather the economic impact of the . But up to 9 million people who qualify for an original stimulus check still haven’t received it and may not even know they’re eligible.
In that group are people who weren’t required to file a federal income tax return in either 2018 or 2019. To receive their 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 withare also missing portions of their check and have .)
The IRS is estimated to have sent 160 million payments as of August through, mailed checks and . Here’s what you need to know about when a to eligible Americans and you could get. You can also to estimate your sum. These are the .
What’s the deadline to request an initial 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.
How will the IRS contact you?
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 yourand then use the IRS’ Get My Payment to check the status of your payment.
For more on economic impact payments have tips on, and . Again, you can use to get an estimate for how much you might receive.