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IRS: Self-Supporting College Students Can Claim Stimulus Checks

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The IRS continues to remind taxpayers to file for their $1,200 stimulus check by 3 p.m. Nov. 21 if they haven’t already. Its most recent reminder targets self-supporting college students who don’t need to file an annual tax return.

“College students in particular should be careful not to overlook these payments if they’re supporting themselves and can’t be claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in a statement. “A few minutes of research could really help students.” 

Eligible students who miss the Nov. 21 cutoff will need to wait until next year and claim the Recovery Rebate Credit when they file their 2020 federal income tax return in early 2021. 

The IRS also reminds college graduates that they may be eligible for the Economic Impact Payments when they file their 2020 tax return in early 2021.

The IRS directs qualified students, who who don’t file income tax returns, to register for stimulus payments using the Non-Filers tool on its website and to choose the direct deposit option for faster receipt. The tool is designed for those with incomes typically below $12,200 for singles and 24,400 for married couples. Since it was launched in the spring, more than 8 million people have used it to register for a stimulus payment. Most Americans who file tax returns received stimulus payments automatically.

Last month the IRS extended the filing deadline to file for receive stimulus checks, also known as Economic Impact Payments (EIPs), from Oct. 15 to Nov. 21, and it extended the filing deadline to receive a $500 stimulus check for each child under 17 from Sept. 30 to Nov. 21.


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