IRS Sets “National EIP Registration Day” To Help Non-Filers Get Stimulus Checks
Register on the IRS Website for Your Economic Impact Payment (EIP)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (a.k.a. CARES Act) was signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020. This bill provided a stimulus payment of up to $1,200 for eligible individuals. Many have already claimed their stimulus checks, but there are still a number of people who may be eligible but have not registered with the IRS to receive their payment.
National EIP Registration Day
The IRS recently announced that November 10, 2020 is “National EIP Registration Day” as part of a final effort to encourage people to register for a stimulus check – mainly those who normally don’t file tax return.
“National EIP Registration Day” will occur a few days before the extended registration deadline of November 21 (see below). This event will feature support for IRS partner groups both inside and outside of the tax community, including organizations that work with underserved regions and low-income communities. These partner groups will be helping to spread the word about the EIP registration deadline as well as providing special support in some cases for people who need to register for their stimulus payment.
IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said, “Our partner groups have been a critical part of the unprecedented IRS outreach and education campaign this year to contact as many people as possible about these payments. As a result, millions of Americans have successfully used the Non-filers portal and received their Economic Impact Payment. Registration is quick and easy, and we urge everyone to share this information to reach as many people before time runs out on November 21.”
The IRS sent almost 9 million letters to individuals who may qualify for a $1,200 stimulus payment but who don’t typically file a tax return. These notices encourage people to visit the IRS.gov website to register. The IRS has also been working with partner groups to translate Economic Impact Payment information and resources in 35 languages.
November 21 Deadline to Request Stimulus Check
The deadline to register for a stimulus payment using the Non-Filers: Enter Info Here tool has been extended to November 21, 2020 at 3:00PM Eastern Time.
You should register on the IRS website if you did not:
- File a 2019 federal income tax return
- Get an Economic Impact Payment (a.k.a. stimulus check)
- Register for an Economic Impact Payment already
With the IRS Non-Filers tool, you can easily and quickly provide the necessary information about yourself (and your family), which will be used to determine your eligibility and payment amount for a stimulus check.
You will need to provide the following information when you use the Non-Filers tool:
- Full name, current mailing address, and an email address
- Date of birth and valid Social Security Number
- Bank account number, type, and routing number (if you have one)
- Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) you received from the IRS earlier this year, if you have one
- Driver’s license or state-issued ID, if you have one
- For each qualifying child during 2019: their name, Social Security Number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number, and their relationship to you or your spouse
These are the steps the IRS has laid out for providing your information using the Non-Filers tool:
- Create an account by providing your email address and phone number, and establishing a user ID and password.
- You will be directed to a screen where you will enter your filing status (single or married filing jointly) and personal information.
- Note:Make sure you have a valid Social Security Number for you (and your spouse if you were married at the end of 2019) unless you are filing “Married Filing Jointly” with a 2019 member of the military. Additionally, make sure you have a valid Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number for each dependent you want to claim for the Economic Impact Payment.
- Check the box if someone can claim you (or your spouse) as a dependent.
- Provide your bank information (otherwise the IRS will mail you a check).
- You will be directed to another screen where you will enter personal information to verify yourself. Simply follow the instructions. You will need your driver’s license or state-issued ID information. If you don’t have one, leave it blank.
Once you’ve submitted your information, you will receive an email from Customer Service at Free File Fillable Forms (a trusted IRS partner) that either acknowledges you have successfully registered, or that tells you there is a problem and how to correct it. Free File Fillable forms will use the information you’ve provided to automatically complete a Form 1040 and transmit it to the IRS to compute and send you a stimulus payment.
Who Is Eligible for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP)?
If you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or qualifying resident alien, you are eligible to receive a stimulus payment as long as all of the following apply:
- You have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) issued by the Social Security Administration
- You could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer
- Your adjusted gross income is below certain limits
For more information, see the Coronavirus Stimulus Payments page.