While Congress hasn’t yet agreed on a new relief package that could include a second stimulus check, and the IRS is trying to contact nearly 9 million people who have not yet claimed their first direct payment, there are people who have received less than what they were entitled to. What should they do?
Stimulus check amounts vary based on income, filing status, and family size. If you filed a 2019 tax return, the IRS used this information about you, your spouse, your income, marital status, and children to calculate the amount of money they will give you, according to the official IRS site.
If you haven't filed your 2019 return or it hasn't been processed, the IRS used the information from your 2018 return to calculate the amount of your stimulus check and where to send it.
If you did not receive the full amount of money that you think you are entitled to, you can claim the missing amount when you file your 2020 tax return.
- To do this, you should save Notice 1444, which is the notification that the IRS mailed to your address a few weeks after the stimulus check payment was made.
When you file your 2020 tax return next year, see Notice 1444 to claim the missing money on that return.
However, people who were not required to file taxes for 2018 or 2019 and didn't receive the $ 500 per dependent still have time to receive the money this year if they claim it through the Non-filers tool, before September 30.
People in this same situation who received no money at all, have time until October 15 to provide information through the Non-filer tool.