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Stimulus check: how is the IRS contacting people for missing payments?

The US Internal Revenue Service are to start contacting roughly nine million Americans who despite not filing income tax returns but who may be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment.

Stimulus check: how is the IRS contacting people for missing payments?

As of week commencing 21 September, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to contact via mail approximately nine million Americans who typically don't file federal income tax returns but who may be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment. In normal circumstances, these households aren’t required to file a tax return due to low incomes of under $12,200 for 2019 (single people) or $24,400 if married and filing jointly or they have no income.

The letters will urge eligible claimants to register at IRS.gov with a deadline of 15 October in order to receive their payment by the end of 2020. Individuals can receive up to $1,200 with married couples eligible to receive up to $2,400. Claimants with qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2019 can also receive up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child.

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"The IRS has made an unprecedented outreach effort to make sure people are aware of their potential eligibility for an Economic Impact Payment this year," said IRS Commissioner Charles 'Chuck' Rettig. "Millions who don't normally file a tax return have already registered and received a payment. We are taking this extra step to help Americans who may not know they could be eligible for this payment or don't know how to register for one. People who aren't required to file a tax return can quickly register on IRS.gov and still get their money this year."

The letter, officially known as IRS Notice 1444-A will be written in both English and Spanish and includes information on eligibility criteria and how eligible recipients can claim an Economic Impact Payment via the official IRS website. IRS representatives expect the communication to commence as of Thursday 24 September.