What are the two ways to claim the stimulus check if you do not file taxes?

The vast majority of stimulus checks have been sent, but there are still millions of eligible people who do not have a tax filing obligation, that the IRS is looking for in order to give them the direct payment. What must they do to receive the money?  

Millions of individuals whose 2019 and 2018 incomes did not exceed $ 12,200, and couples that did not exceed $ 24,400, have the right to claim the money from the stimulus check provided by the CARES Act.

However, as these are people who are not required to file taxes due to low income, have not received their check because the agency lacks the necessary information for the payment to be processed.

This group, for whom the IRS does not have updated data, will therefore have to do additional paperwork and report to the IRS before November 21.

If you are one of these potential recipients of the stimulus check, you must submit information to the Internal Revenue Service so that the payment can be made.

In order to report your data and claim your check, you have two options:

Simplified tax return

One of the options a person has is to file a simplified tax return. This document can be submitted through a tax preparer, tax software provider, or IRS Free File.

Non-filers online tool

The other way is to use the IRS “Non-filers” online tool to upload data and report where the payment should be received. This option will be available until the November 21 deadline, after that date it will be taken down.

Last September, the agency began sending at least 9 million notices alerting these people that they are eligible for payment but must request it.

The letter explains that it is necessary for them to provide personal data to the IRS, through the aforementioned tool, even if they are not generating any income.

Those who believe they are entitled to the payment can claim it even if they have not received the notice.

The IRS has also asked people to help spread the word and reach out to those it has failed to locate. This includes very low-income individuals and homeless people.

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