November 21 deadline: can you claim your check without the “Non-filers” tool?

There are only a few days left to claim the first stimulus check but the IRS continues to make enormous efforts to locate people who are entitled to the money but for whom it does not have information to send it to them. How can those with no access to the Internet claim their payment?

The Non-filers tool was created to obtain information for those people who were not required to file taxes for 2018 and 2019 because they earn very little money or have no income. Individuals in this situation need to access the online tool on the IRS site to provide their information (and that of their children under 17) in order to receive direct payments.

But, there is also another way to claim the money, for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported that individuals unable to use the “Non-filers” tool may file a simplified paper tax return.

The IRS website specifies that people who have not yet received the payment, but believes they are eligible, “can file a federal tax return for 2019 with the IRS, even if they receive untaxed income or do not earn enough money to normally have to file a tax return.”

The agency, however, hopes that the majority of low-income Americans who have not yet provided their personal information to get the payment will complete the procedure through the online tool, which will make the process easier.

This option will be available until November 21 and after that date, it will be taken down, and those who miss the deadline will have to wait until next year to claim the $1200.

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