Low-income, no-income and homeless people are eligible to receive stimulus checks. If you want to receive a stimulus check by the end of this year, you need to register by October 15. Although the earlier you sign up, the quicker you can get your stimulus check. Community leaders and employers should help spread this message to their low-income earners, essential workers or those recently unemployed who earned less than $12,200 as an individual or $24,400 as a married couple.
On Wednesday, June 3, the IRS put out a call urging people who don’t normally file taxes—including low-income, no-income and homeless individuals—to register as soon as possible to receive a stimulus check using the Non-Filers tool.
IRS urges low-income and homeless people to register for stimulus checks by October 15.
The IRS created the Non-Filers tool so you can get a stimulus check even if you aren’t normally required to file taxes. If you register by October 15, you will receive a stimulus check by the end of the year. However, the earlier you register, the earlier you can get stimulus money of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples.
The IRS is urging you to sign up as soon as possible. Since March 2020, stimulus checks have been distributed across the country to individuals and families, but there are still millions of people who are eligible to get a check but have not yet signed up for one.
So far, 159 million stimulus payments have been processed. And though this does include many low-income people who don’t normally file taxes, many more remain eligible. The IRS is concerned that millions who are eligible—individuals who aren’t legally required to file income tax returns—aren’t aware that they can get stimulus checks and, as such, these people might miss out. To mitigate this, federal officials are taking extra steps to reach these individuals and ensure that they know they can—and should—sign up for a stimulus check.
Get a stimulus check even if you aren’t required to file taxes.
People who earned $12,200 or less as an individual aren’t normally required to file taxes. Married couples who earned $24,400 aren’t normally required to file taxes. If this describes you, use the Non-Filers tool to sign up for a stimulus check. And, if any of these things apply, sign up as well:
- Use the Non-Filers tool to register for a stimulus check if you earned $12,200 or less as an individual or $24,400 or less as a married couple.
- Use the Non-Filers tool to register for a stimulus check if you have not earned any income at all.
- Use the Non-Filers tool to register for a stimulus check even if you are homeless.
- Use the Non-Filers tool to get a stimulus check even if you don’t work at all.
The IRS has worked in partnership with the Free File Alliance to develop this Non-Filers tool which is available in both English and Spanish to help guide people who don’t normally file federal income taxes through the process to register for a stimulus check—this includes low-income and homeless people who don’t normally file taxes.
Don’t use the Non-Filers tool to get a stimulus check if
- you’ve already filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, do not use the Non-Filers tool. Instead, use the Get My Payment to check on the status of your stimulus payment.
- you are required to file taxes for 2018 or 2019 but haven’t yet done so, do not use the Non-Filers tool. Instead, go ahead and file your taxes and the IRS will send you a stimulus check if you are eligible.
Community leaders and employers should help get word out about stimulus checks.
Commissioner Chuck Rettig said that, “IRS employees worked around the clock to deliver the Economic Impact Payments and new tools to help taxpayers in record time.” He went on to say that, “Even with these unprecedented steps, there remain people eligible for these payments who need to take action. Registering to receive the payments is easy, and millions of non-filers have already taken this step. We urge everyone to share this information widely to help more people receive these payments.”
Given these concerns, the IRS announced that it will conduct an extensive outreach and education effort over the next few months to get the word out to low-income, no-income, homeless and other individuals who should use the Non-Filers tool to get a stimulus check. Community leaders and employers in underserved or disadvantaged areas can—and should—step up and help in this effort.
To achieve its goal to reach out to underserved communities and limited English households, the IRS created an Economic Impact Payment partner page with resources and reference materials to help leaders, employers and others better support this effort to get stimulus checks to more low-income, no-income, homeless or otherwise disadvantaged individuals and families.
Who’s eligible to receive a full or reduced stimulus check?
If your income—including no income at all—fits within the income limits outlined below, you may be eligible to receive up to a $1,200 stimulus check (individuals) or a $2,400 stimulus check (married couples). If you have qualifying children under 17, you could receive up to an additional $500 for each child.
There is absolutely no requirement in the law that you must actually earn an income or pay taxes in order to get a stimulus check. According to the IRS, U.S. citizens, permanent residents and qualifying resident aliens who meet the following guidelines are eligible for a stimulus check.
- You have a valid social security number,
- You cannot be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and
- You have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less if single; $112,500 or less if head of household; $150,000 or less if married filing a joint return.
- Reduced payments are available for those who earn more than the above amounts but still earn less than $99,000 per year or less for individuals, $136,500 per year or less for head of household and $198,000 per year or less for married filing jointly.
IRS has distributed $267 billion in stimulus checks so far.
According to the IRS, nearly $267 billion has been distributed to more than 159 million Americans to date. The stimulus checks have been sent via direct deposit, hard checks and debit cards as follows:
- 120 million stimulus payments have been sent using direct deposit.
- 35 million stimulus payments have been sent via U.S. mail as regular checks.
- 4 million stimulus payments have been sent out via U.S. mail as a prepaid debit card.
Contact the IRS with questions.
If the IRS already has your banking information for a direct deposit payment and/or it has your current mailing address but you still haven’t received your stimulus check, contact the IRS to check the status.
You can check the status of your stimulus payment online by using the IRS Get My Payment. You can also call the IRS directly with questions using the stimulus check line at (800) 919-9835, or you can call the IRS customer service main line at (800) 829-1040.
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