INDIANAPOLIS — If you have not received your federal stimulus check, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding you, you have until 3 p.m. EST this Saturday, Nov. 21, to register with the IRS for an Economic Impact Payment
The only people who need to register are those who do not regularly file a tax return, are not required to do so, and have not yet registered.
You may also need to apply if you received a stimulus check or Economic Impact Payment for yourself but need to provide information about a non-beneficiary spouse or qualifying child.
Anyone else who normally files a tax return, including low- and moderate-income workers and families claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, or other tax benefits, cannot use the tool, according to the IRS.
The IRS has issued about 160 million Economic Impact Payments totaling approximately $270 billion.
Under the CARES Act, the IRS will continue issuing these payments during the final weeks of 2020, and some people may be eligible to claim them when they file their 2020 tax returns in 2021.
You can check your payment status by using the Get My Payment application, available only on IRS.gov.
The application will show “Payment Status Not Available” until the payment is scheduled to be issued, but this response does not mean a person is not eligible or will not receive a payment.
Economic Impact Payments received in 2020 are not taxable for federal income tax purposes.
Taxpayers can claim the recovery rebate credit on their tax year 2020 tax return in 2021 if they didn’t receive a payment or if their payment wasn’t the correct amount.