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IRS Mails Letters About COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

State-By-State Breakdown of Non-Filers Who Will Receive IRS Letters About Economic Impact Payments

The IRS has released a state-by-state breakdown of the nearly 9 million people who have been mailed an IRS letter encouraging them to see if they qualify for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP).

The IRS is mailing these letters to people who may be eligible for a stimulus check even though they may not be required to file a federal income tax return. The letter advises recipients to visit the IRS website to register for an Economic Impact Payment before the extended November 21, 2020 deadline.

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IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig stated, “The IRS continues to work hard to reach people eligible for these payments. These mailings are the latest step by the IRS to reach as many people as possible for these important payments. We are releasing this state-by-state information so that state and local leaders and organizations can better understand the size of this population in their communities and assist them in claiming these important payments. Time is running out to claim a payment before the deadline.”

These letters are part of the last stage of IRS efforts for its public awareness and outreach campaign on the Economic Impact Payments that first began in March 2020. The IRS has reached out to thousands of partner groups across the United States, including partner groups focused on helping underserved communities, people experiencing homelessness, and people whose primary language is not English.

The letters are delivered from an IRS address and are being mailed to people who haven’t filed a federal return for either 2018 or 2019. Generally, this includes people who don’t typically have to file a return because they fall below the income threshold filing requirement based on their W-2s or 1099s.

Here is an example of the letter that the IRS is sending: IRS Notice 1444-A

Economic Impact Payments (EIPs)

The stimulus checks are part of a provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (a.k.a. CARES Act), which was signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020.

To be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment, you must have a Social Security Number (SSN) that was issued by the Social Security Administration, you cannot be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s return, and your adjusted gross income (AGI) must be below certain limits.

Individuals are eligible for a maximum stimulus payment of up to $1,200 – or $2,400 for married couples who file jointly. Furthermore, people with qualifying children (who are under age 17 at the end of 2019) may be eligible for up to an additional $500 per qualifying child.

For more information, see the Coronavirus Stimulus page.

Register to Claim a Stimulus Check

So far, over 7 million people have used the IRS Non-Filers tool to register for an Economic Impact Payment.

The IRS Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool is available to use until November 21, 2020 (a deadline which has been extended). It is designed for people with incomes below $12,000 whose filing status would be single, and below $24,400 for married couples.

If you are required to file either a 2018 or 2019 federal tax return, you should file that return and not use the Non-Filers tool. Do not use the Non-Filers tool if you have filed (or will be filing) a 2019 federal tax return.

IRS State-By-State Breakdown: Nearly 9 Million Letters

The breakdown below shows the number of people in each state to whom the IRS is mailing a letter.

 

State State Postal Code Total Number of EIP Payments
Armed Forces Americas AA 522
Armed Forces Non-Americas AE 3,096
Alabama AL 148,242
Armed Forces Pacific AP 2,177
Alaska AK 30,807
Arizona AZ 239,037
Arkansas AR 91,386
California CA 1,186,896
Colorado CO 177,502
Connecticut CT 89,458
Delaware DE 32,875
District of Columbia DC 33,964
Florida FL 567,425
Georgia GA 348,631
Hawaii HI 48,767
Idaho ID 40,943
Illinois IL 309,972
Indiana IN 150,154
Iowa IA 71,382
Kansas KS 69,595
Kentucky KY 117,136
Louisiana LA 159,575
Maine ME 32,346
Maryland MD 192,153
Massachusetts MA 187,768
Michigan MI 270,590
Minnesota MN 115,914
Mississippi MS 86,669
Missouri MO 159,077
Montana MT 30,977
Nebraska NE 38,201
Nevada NV 94,472
New Hampshire NH 29,680
New Jersey NJ 216,145
New Mexico NM 72,333
New York NY 537,726
North Carolina NC 245,623
North Dakota ND 19,596
Ohio OH 283,194
Oklahoma OK 123,473
Oregon OR 131,647
Pennsylvania PA 276,066
Rhode Island RI 24,686
South Carolina SC 142,382
South Dakota SD 19,391
Tennessee TN 171,065
Texas TX 796,525
Utah UT 69,140
Vermont VT 13,665
Virginia VA 205,600
Washington WA 203,978
West Virginia WV 27,788
Wisconsin WI 111,426
Wyoming WY 14,506
TOTAL   8,863,344

 

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