There are just hours left to claim the stimulus check that the IRS still owes millions of Americans from; according to ProPublica, more than 12 million people still hadn’t gotten all that they were due by late October. Claims for a first-time or catch-up stimulus payment must be filed to the IRS by 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET) on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Below, we’ll explain how to figure out if you are eligible for more first-round money, how to, what to do to claim any money owed, and what happens if you can’t make the deadline. This payment is separate from a that Congress may or may not approve in the next few months as part of if can finally yield a bipartisan agreement on the substance of the legislation.
As the deadline quickly approaches, we’ve detailed who may qualify for more money in the first round andfor a second payment, should there be one — read on for more information. This story was updated recently.
People who don’t normally file a tax return
In September, the IRS started contacting 9 million Americans who may qualify for a payment but perhaps didn’t know they needed to register to claim it. This group — which the IRS categorizes as “nonfilers” — includes people who, such as , and individuals with incomes less than $12,200. You’ll need to file a claim using the Non-Filers tool.
People missing a payment for a dependent child
Under the CARES Act, each qualifying— those 16 years and younger — was eligible for a $500 check. But some people’s payments for each eligible dependent.
As with nonfilers, if you’re missing a dependent you can claim it Nov. 21 here and receive the payment in December. You can use ourto get an idea of how much you may be owed. If you miss the deadline, you can claim the payment on your 2020 federal tax return in 2021.
Note that in a few cases, where parents are separated or divorced and share joint custody of a dependent,per eligible child, so you may not even be aware you’re eligible for the payment to begin with.
People whose checks were garnished by mistake
Although there are a few cases where the federal government or a debt collector could, in general, if you qualify for a check, . One area where the federal government can garnish a check is for overdue child support. However, if the , only the spouse who owes child support should have the check seized.
According to the IRS, the parent who does not owe child support should receive their portion of the payment without having to take action. If you haven’t received your check, the IRS said it is working to send out the missing payments. While you don’t have much recourse to appeal IRS decisions, you can also try the Non-Filers tool to create a record of your claim.
People who used our stimulus check calculator and suspect their check amount is wrong
Finally, if after using our, you find you may have qualified for a bigger payment than you received, you can check the IRS Get My Payment tool to see if a check is in the works. If the IRS is waiting on information from you before it sends your check, you may still have time to request one this one year.
US citizens who live abroad, some noncitizens in the US, plus some in US territories
The IRS has rules that set the payment eligibility guidelines for US citizens who live abroad and non-US citizens who work in the US — along with spouses of nonresident aliens. We have a guide that walks through theif you qualify but didn’t get a check.
People who are incarcerated qualify by court order
Since April, when it first started sending payments, the IRS has gone back and forth on whether. A recent ruling from a federal judge in California, however, seems to have settled the question — at least for now — and is requiring the IRS to contact those incarcerated who can file a claim for . The deadline to file a claim through the mail has passed (it was Nov. 4) but those who are incarcerated have till Nov. 21 to file online, if they can access the internet, using the IRS Non-Filers tool.
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What if the Nov. 21 deadline goes by?
You’ll still have a chance to claim your stimulus check money from April, even if you miss the Nov. 21 deadline to file a claim with the IRS. You’ll just have to wait until tax season 2021. While the IRS doesn’t have specific instructions yet, the agency has said it will publish details as the date gets closer.
For everything to know about the first payment,. We also have an idea of how quickly the IRS could send out the second round of if another and what other benefits you might expect in .