While negotiations to authorize a second stimulus check of up to $1,200 per eligible adult are still ongoing, you may be unaware that you qualified to get the first stimulus payment but must file a claim to receive it. For the most part, people who got a check didn’t have to do anything to automatically receive it. But millions of Americans actually did need to take that extra step.
As a result, the IRS will allow many people to claim a first-time or catch-up payment using the Non-Filers tool (for example if you receive some, but not all of your allotted stimulus amount — here’s how to estimate your total stimulus payment) if you file by Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT. If you miss the deadline, you’ll need to claim your payment during tax season 2021, a long wait.
Below, we’ve outlined the situations where the IRS still may owe you a first stimulus check (and here’s who might not qualify). This story was recently updated.
People who don’t normally file taxes
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 didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019, such as older adults, retirees, SSDI recipients and individuals with incomes less than $12,200…Read more>>