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Check IRS.gov For The Latest Information – No Action Needed By Most People At This Time | April 1, 2020

Washington – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue

Service announced that distribution of economic impact

payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be

distributed automatically, with no action required

for most people. However, some seniors and

others who typically do not file returns will need

to submit a simple tax return to receive the

stimulus payment.

Who is eligible for the economic

impact payment?

Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000

for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples

filing joint returns will receive the full payment.

For filers with income above those amounts,

the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100

above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single

filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000

for joint filers with no children are not eligible.

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019

or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact

payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for

married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each

qualifying child.

How will the IRS know where to send

my payment?

The vast majority of people do not need to take

any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically

send the economic impact payment to those eligible.

For people who have already filed their 2019 tax returns,

the IRS will use this information to calculate the payment

amount. For those who have not yet filed their return

for 2019, the IRS will use information from their 2018

tax filing to calculate the payment. The economic impact

payment will be deposited directly into the same

banking account reflected on the return filed.

The IRS does not have my direct deposit

information. What can I do?

In the coming weeks, Treasury plans to develop a

web-based portal for individuals to provide their

banking information to the IRS online, so that

individuals can receive payments immediately

as opposed to checks in the mail.

I am not typically required to file a tax return.

Can I still receive my payment?

Yes. People who typically do not file a tax return

will need to file a simple tax return to receive an

economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers,

senior citizens, Social Security recipients,

some veterans and individuals with disabilities

who are otherwise not required to file a tax return

will not owe tax.

How can I file the tax return needed to receive

my economic impact payment?

IRS.gov/coronavirus will soon provide information

instructing people in these groups on how to file a

2019 tax return with simple, but necessary, information

including their filing status, number of dependents

and direct deposit bank account information.

I have not filed my tax return for 2018 or 2019.

Can I still receive an economic impact payment?

Yes. The IRS urges anyone with a tax filing obligation who

has not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 to file as soon

as they can to receive an economic impact payment. Taxpayers

should include direct deposit banking information on the return.

I need to file a tax return.

How long are the economic impact

payments available?

For those concerned about visiting a tax professional or local

community organization in person to get help with a tax return,

these economic impact payments will be available throughout

the rest of 2020.

Where can I get more information?

The IRS will post all key information on


as soon as it becomes available.

The IRS has a reduced staff in many of its offices but

remains committed to helping eligible individuals

receive their payments expeditiously.

Check for updated information on IRS.gov/coronavirus

rather than calling IRS assistors who are helping process

2019 returns.


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  1. We would appreciate any helpful assistance with the IRS, since my Epilepsy Prescription has gone up to $500 a month with our WAGES getting garnished by both the DEPT of Education and the IRS. This is actually ridiculous since we are both over the age of 70, and I have almost DIED three (3) times. This has nothing to do with the Coronavirus


    Comment by Rita M. Mc Donald — April 1, 2020 @ 1:36 PM

    • Give the IRS a phone call to indicate the situation. They will send you a form to complete in order request a reduction in the amount owed or to ask for cancellation of the debt. I’m doing that now related to Disability $ that was overpaid. Currently neither my husband nor I are working.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Maire Archbold — April 6, 2020 @ 1:42 PM

  2. Rita, this has nothing to do with the IRS, however, it might help some:



    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 1, 2020 @ 5:31 PM

  3. NOTE: For all of you who replied before, I’m VERY sorry your comments aren’t here.

    I edited the last draft (there was a mistake) and I guess I lost your feedback in the process.

    Anyway, thank you for responding, I love to hear what you have to say!


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 1, 2020 @ 5:34 PM

  4. I have never filed taxes due to SSI and haven’t worked since 2012. Do I have to file now just to receive economic assistance? If I do, how do I go about that since my only income is SSI?

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Jamie Hensley — April 1, 2020 @ 9:14 PM

  5. According to what I read today, I don’t think (but I’m not sure) that you do.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 1, 2020 @ 9:20 PM

    • Correct me if I’m wrong but I read that the same economic stimulus aid information that supposedly requires most people to do nothing to get automatically qualified for the economic stimulus benefits beyond previous IRS records filed for 2018/19 tax returns, requires the seniors & SSI recipients who has never been required to file IRS income tax forms in all these years, now are required to “file IRS simple forms indicating the COVID19 pandemic economic impact adversely affecting their source of income”.
      It seems ironic to note that the very people who had never been required to file IRS tax forms for their SSI income all these years are being instructed & required to file IRS tax forms to qualify for the COVID19 pandemic economic stimulus aid.
      Sorry to sound pessimistic but obviously, the pandemic is creating more confusion, panic & hysteria than economic aid.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by BahreNegash Eritrea — April 2, 2020 @ 5:16 AM

      • According to the document, as I understand it, yes, people on SSI and SSD are eligible if they fill out a special form.

        No, they don’t make it easy.


        Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 2, 2020 @ 10:13 AM

  6. What kind of form, and is it really worth it? Some people would have to get an advocate to help them fill out the forms. Is there a percentage or the full 1200.00

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Sheri Reed — April 2, 2020 @ 11:01 AM

  7. Social Security beneficiaries who don’t typically file tax returns will automatically receive the $1,200 relief payments authorized by Congress, after the Treasury Department reversed earlier guidance.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 2, 2020 @ 11:33 AM

    • The Treasury Department backtracked on Wednesday and said Social Security beneficiaries who did not typically file returns would receive their payments automatically after all.

      The Treasury said the I.R.S. would use the information on Forms SSA-1099 and RRB-1099 to generate $1,200 payments to Social Security recipients who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. They will get these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, depending on how they normally get their benefits, Treasury officials said in a statement.

      That reversal should be a relief to millions of people: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that at least 15 million Social Security recipients would have had to file a return to get their stimulus payments.

      “It is terrific that they are re-evaluating their position on Social Security and realized that they didn’t need any further information from those people to process their payments,” said Sharon Parrott, senior vice president for federal policy and program development with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

      Ms. Parrott said she hoped Treasury would do the same thing for other people in government databases whose eligibility is easy to confirm, like many poor individuals with disabilities and veterans receiving pensions.


      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 2, 2020 @ 11:38 AM

      • It’s good to note that the oligarchy has finally come to terms with reality, resolving the complicated & confusing requirements for economic aid of the disabled & senior citizens surviving on SSI limited income in the global crises of corona virus pandemic.
        Let’s hope the logic behind the economic aid still remains to serve the wellbeing of the population in need, removing the barriers to qualify for aid.

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by BahreNegash Eritrea — April 2, 2020 @ 5:10 PM

      • Now the missing pieces of the puzzle are “When” and “How”!


        Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 2, 2020 @ 5:57 PM

      • Proving the skeptical anticipation of the ever-shifting promises of the oligarchy providing aid on time to the people who need it, my neighbor said,,, “I will believe it, when I see it”.
        Therefore, sorry to say that not too many people are convinced yet, the oligarchy will deliver on the “empty promises”.
        Therefore, let’s wait & see. 😄!

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by BahreNegash Eritrea — April 2, 2020 @ 6:21 PM

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