Are You One of the 9 Million Americans Who Hasn’t Claimed Their Stimulus Check?

September 12, 2020
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    The Internal Revenue Service has distributed an estimated 160 million stimulus checks to eligible Americans amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    And while some individuals have reported delays in getting their payments, an estimated nine million people still have not claimed their checks, reported CBS News.

    In order to make sure these individuals are aware they are eligible for the relief payments, the IRS is planning to send out letters reminding them to claim their money.

    Many of the unclaimed stimulus checks are for people who don’t normally file income taxes. In order to get their checks, these individuals have to register using the IRS’ non-filer tool. The deadline to register is October 15.

    The IRS plans to start sending out the reminder letters to the 9 million individuals beginning September 24th.

    "We are taking this extra step to help Americans who may not know they could be eligible for this payment or don't know how to register for one," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement, according to the outlet. "People who aren't required to file a tax return can quickly register on IRS.gov and still get their money this year."

    According to the IRS, the letter will notify them that they may be eligible for a stimulus check if they meet certain criteria, such as being a U.S. citizen or having a valid Social Security number.

    Eligible individuals who miss the October 15th deadline will have to file a federal income tax return to get their money.

    Depending on income, the CARES Act authorized direct payments of up to $1,200 per adult and up to $500 per qualifying child.

    Individuals who made over $99,000 and married couples earning more than $198,000 are ineligible of receiving a stimulus check.

    The prospect of another major stimulus package including a second round of direct payments to Americans is still uncertain for the time being.

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