A deadline looms Wednesday for Americans who qualify for $1,200 stimulus checks but do not file a tax return.
The $2 trillion stimulus package is sending the money to taxpayers, either by direct deposit or paper checks. The first checks went out to low-income Americans and those who filed tax returns for 2018 or 2019.
But if you’re not filing a tax return and instead are taking Social Security, Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, VA or Railroad Retirement benefits, you’ll need to register online by noon Eastern time (9 a.m. on the West Coast) Wednesday, April 22.
The IRS has created an online web portal called “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info” where non-filers can register.
The web tool requires basic personal information such as a birthdate, Social Security number, and the names and ages of any dependents.
People who are not legally required to file a tax return include individuals who made less than $12,200 or married couples who made less than $24,400 in 2019.
Non-filers who have minor dependents under age 17 also need to register online to get an additional $500 per qualifying child.
The IRS stresses that anyone who has filed a tax return should not register under the non-filer portal. “If you are required to file a return, using this tool will NOT speed up your Economic Impact Payment and will likely slow down processing of your tax return and receiving any refund,” the agency states on its website.