Did You Get Your First Stimulus Check? If Not, Take Action by November 21 to Claim Your Payment.

If your first stimulus check still hasn’t arrived, you have to take action by November 21st  to claim your payment.

The IRS is still delivering stimulus checks from the first round of payments.  If you’re one of the millions of people who still hasn’t received your check, you’re probably wondering if you even qualify for one.

Answer the following questions:

  • Did you file a 2019 federal tax return?
  • Do you normally file taxes?
  • Have you already received a stimulus check?
  • Have you already registered for a stimulus check?

If you answered ‘no’ to all of the questions above, use the IRS’s Non-Filers Tool before 2 p.m. CST on November 21, 2020, to claim your payment.

If you don’t usually file a tax return and you have not received your stimulus check yet, the IRS may not have enough information to determine your eligibility. This includes people who receive the federal benefits listed below.

  • Those receiving Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), survivor benefits
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients
  • Recipients of Veterans Affairs Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefits
  • Individuals who receive Railroad Retirement (RRB) benefits

You can submit your information online using the Non-Filers Tool. But you have to do it by November 21st.  Go to irs.gov and click on Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here.

Information you will need to provide

  • 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
    • Taxpayers who have already been issued an Identity Protection PIN but lost it, must use the Get an IP PIN tool to retrieve their number
  • Driver’s license or state-issued ID, if you have one
  • For each qualifying child during 2019: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to you or your spouse

What to expect

Follow these steps in order to provide your information:

  • Create an account by providing your email address and phone number. You will also establish a user ID and password for your account.
  • You will be directed to a screen where you will input 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. 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 as a dependent or your spouse as a dependent.
  • Complete your bank information; otherwise the IRS will send 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 information or state-issued ID. If you don’t have one, leave it blank.

You will receive an email from Customer Service at Free File Fillable Forms, a trusted IRS partner, that either acknowledges you have successfully submitted your information, or that tells you there is a problem and how to correct it. Free File Fillable Forms will use the information to automatically complete a Form 1040 and transmit it to the IRS to compute and send you a payment.

An Important Reminder from IRS

Check your mail.  Some people may get their Economic Impact Payments on a prepaid debit card instead of a paper check, even if the IRS website shows they are receiving a check.  The debit card arrives in a plain envelope from Money Network Cardholder Services. The Visa name will appear on the front of the card. You will see MetaBank®, N.A. on the back of the card.  That’s the name of the bank that issued the card.  Information will be included with the card explaining that it is the Economic Impact Payment Card for the person identified as the recipient.