Stimulus check update: IRS announces new push to get people their payments

BySamantha Chatman WLS logo
Monday, August 17, 2020
Stimulus check update: IRS reopens registration for parents who did not receive $500 payment for children
There's a new push from the IRS on those pandemic stimulus payments for Americans.

CHICAGO -- The IRS has reopened stimulus check registration for parents who did not get an additional payment for their children.

Many parents were supposed to get an additional $500 per child from the government. But some moms ABC7 spoke with said they didn't receive a dime for their children.

According to the IRS website, parents who qualify for the extra $500 per child are urged to use the non-filers tool starting Aug. 15 through Sept. 30 to enter information on their qualifying children.

"Those eligible to provide this information include people with qualifying children who receive Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Railroad Retirement benefits and Veterans Affairs Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefits and did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019," the IRS said.

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Here is a tutorial on how to use the non-filer page on the IRS website to get the status of your stimulus check.

The IRS expects the catch-up payments will be issued by mid-October.

If you didn't receive a stimulus check for yourself, and you're not required to file taxes, the IRS said people in this group should also use the non-filers' tool, but they need to act by Oct. 15 to receive their payment this year.

"Anyone who misses the Oct. 15 deadline will need to wait until next year and claim it as a credit on their 2020 federal income tax return," the IRS announced.

"IRS employees have been working non-stop to deliver more than 160 million Economic Impact Payments in record time. We have coordinated outreach efforts with thousands of community-based organizations and have provided materials in more than two dozen languages," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Given the extremely high demand for EIP assistance, we have continued to prioritize and increase resource allocations to eligible individuals, including those who may be waiting on some portion of their payment. To help with this, we are allocating additional IRS resources to ensure eligible recipients receive their full payments during this challenging time."

The IRS says, "no additional action is needed by taxpayers who:

-have already filed their tax returns this year for 2019. The IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount.

-haven't filed yet for 2019 but filed a 2018 federal tax return. For these taxpayers the IRS will use their information from 2018 tax filings to make the Economic Impact Payment calculations."

For more information, visit the website.