By now almost all Americans who were entitled to the $ 1200 stimulus check have received it, but the IRS is still looking for some people to whom it could not send the money. Who are they?
One of the main groups that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to reach through the online tool known as “Non-filers” are the homeless.
This was confirmed by the IRS Commissioner, Charles Rettig, in a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, during the first week of October.
"We have remained especially focused on issuing those payments to people who are homeless, who normally have no obligation to file a tax return, or who otherwise live their lives outside of normal lines of communication," the official said.
This is a major challenge for the agency, given the fact that most of these people have little or no mastery of digital tools and much less access.
Rettig added that agency staff tries to target "many low-income, military, veterans, retirees, elderly, limited English proficient, and homeless people across the country."
For this, the IRS began sending letters to potential beneficiaries of the stimulus payment, with information on how to request the money by submitting their data through “Non-filers”.
The office indicated that the notification by mail would be sent to people who have not filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 because they have very low or no income.
The IRS examined W-2 and 1099 forms, and other available third-party returns to determine who they would send the letters to, and at the time, the entity said it would send about 9 million letters.
According to the agency, there are at least four general scenarios in which potential beneficiaries of coronavirus assistance can make use of “Non-filers”:
1. If your income is less than $ 12,200 annually
2. If you are married and you and your spouse file jointly and your income is $ 24,000 or less
3. If you are not generating income at the moment
4. If you are not required to file federal tax returns for any other reason
Earlier this month, the IRS reported that it extended the deadline to complete the online process to November 21.