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IRS Extends Deadline to Register for Stimulus Payment

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The Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) to Nov. 21, providing an additional five weeks beyond the original Oct. 15 deadline.

Those who typically don’t file a tax return — and haven’t received an EIP — should register using the Non-Filers: Enter Info Here tool on IRS.gov. The tool will not be available after Nov. 21.

“We took this step to provide more time for those who have not yet received a payment to register to get their money, including those in low-income and underserved communities,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said Monday in a statement. “The IRS is deeply involved in processing and programming that overlaps filing seasons. Any further extension beyond November would adversely impact our work on the 2020 and 2021 filing seasons.”

For taxpayers who requested an extension of time to file their 2019 tax return, that deadline date remains Oct. 15.

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The IRS sent nearly 9 million letters in September to people who may be eligible for the $1,200 Economic Impact Payments but don’t normally file a tax return.

While most eligible U.S. taxpayers have automatically received their Economic Impact Payment, others who don’t have a filing obligation need to use the Non-Filers tool to register with the IRS to get their money, the IRS states. Typically, this includes people who receive little or no income.

The Non-Filers tool is designed for people with incomes typically below $24,400 for married couples, and $12,200 for singles who could not be claimed as a dependent by someone else. This includes couples and individuals who are experiencing homelessness.

Beginning two weeks after they register, people can track the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool on IRS.gov.