TOPEKA – An Internal Revenue Service news release issued on September 17, 2020 announced that a special mailing has been sent to individuals who are not typically required to file a tax return and have not yet registered to receive the Economic Impact Payment (EIP) available under The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Information from the IRS indicates that the nearly 70,000 Kansans who may qualify will or already have received a letter encouraging them to register for the payment by October 15, using the special Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Tool available at IRS.gov/eip.
To help address fraud concerns, the IRS has posted a copy of the letter on the IRS website at www.IRS.gov. Kansans who receive the letter are encouraged to register to determine their eligibility for the EIP of up to $1,200 for individuals and up to $2,400 for married couples. People with qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2019 can get up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child.
According to the IRS website, the Non-Filers tool is designed for people not required to file a tax return and may include:
- individuals who do not meet the income threshold to file a return
- individuals experiencing homelessness
- recipients of certain federal benefits such as Social Security, Supplemental Security, Veterans Affairs benefits, or Railroad Retirement benefits.
After October 15, the only way to claim the EIP will be to file a federal tax return.
For assistance, representatives are available on the IRS hotline at 800-919-9835.
IRS News Release IR-2020-2014, Sept. 17, 2020
IRS Letter to Non-Filers (Notice 1444-A)