IRS extends deadline for non-filers who have not received first stimulus check

IRS extends deadline for those who have not received first stimulus check

The Internal Revenue Service has extended a deadline to request a $1,200 stimulus check for those who did not file a tax return and have not yet received the money aimed to help Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The checks, which began being delivered in April, did not automatically go to people who don’t file tax returns. The IRS had given those who don’t have to file returns an Oct. 15 deadline to present the agency with information about where to send a $1,200 stimulus check.

That deadline is now midnight ET on Nov. 21.

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According to the IRS, the agency has sent more than 9 million letters to people in that category to let them know how to file for the money.

“We took this step to provide more time for those who have not yet received a payment to register to get their money, including those in low-income and underserved communities,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.

“The IRS is deeply involved in processing and programming that overlaps filing seasons. Any further extension beyond November would adversely impact our work on the 2020 and 2021 filing seasons. The Non-filers portal has been available since the spring and has been used successfully by many millions of Americans.”

The deadline applies to those who did not:

  • File a 2019 federal tax return.
  • Get an Economic Impact Payment.
  • Register for an Economic Impact Payment.

For more information or to file for the check, go to