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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.
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 Postal Code
|Total Number of EIP Payments
|Armed Forces Americas
|Armed Forces Non-Americas
|Armed Forces Pacific
|District of Columbia
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