The first delivery of stimulus checks for Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic has been made. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has an alert system that sends a notification to the citizen when a check is pending delivery.
The IRS is already depositing the first Economic Impact Payments into U.S. taxpayer bank accounts as a stimulus to millions of people.
This stimulus is part of a $2.2 billion economic package, which was approved by Congress in March of this year, for assistance related to Covid-19 pandemic and the unemployed.
The IRS asked all persons with a tax obligation who have not submitted their tax returns in 2018-2019 to do so as soon as possible in order to receive the stimulus payment.
Deposits are already being made, starting with those who reported tax returns in order for 2018 or 2019 and were authorized for direct deposit into their accounts.
Those taxpayers who have not filed returns by 2018 or 2019, and those who do not have authorized direct deposits will have to wait a little longer to receive federal assistance. It also applies to people who receive Social Security.
If you are among those who have not filed a tax return between 2019-2018, the IRS requests that you do so as soon as possible, even for those taxpayers who normally do not need to present a tax return.
That includes the group of people who earned less than $12,200 in 2019 and those couples who earned less than $24,400.
For this group of people, the IRS established a new tool that can help them.
How do you use the Non-Filers tool? Enter Payment Info?
With this IRS tool, now available in Spanish, people should go to the official website and click on the blue button that says “Non-Filers tool: Enter Payment Info Here.
They must then provide basic information as requested, including Social Security number, name, address and dependents. The IRS will use this information to confirm readability, and thus calculate and send a financial impact payment for assistance.
Finally, you must enter the bank or financial account information that will allow the IRS to deposit the payment directly into the account. Otherwise, the payment will be sent by regular mail, by check.
The government said that paper checks began to be issued in May and will be received first by people with lower incomes.
Under the current legislation, the IRS has until the end of 2020 to transfer and send the payments.
Who receives the aid payment?
- Everyone, except non-resident foreigners and adult dependents, including citizens and permanent residents, can receive the stimulus check.
- Taxpayers with a gross income of $75,000 (individuals) and $150,000 (married couples) who have reported taxes jointly receive the payment directly into their current, up-to-date bank accounts.
- For railroad retirees who do not normally have to declare taxes, the IRS will focus on your Social Security benefit return (specifically documents SSA-1099 and RRB-1099). For this reason, the IRS has clarified that these persons do not need to take any action, such as filing a simple tax return, to receive the aid check.
- Those who receive Social Security benefits and are not usually required to file a tax return will not need to file a return in order to receive pandemic crisis assistance.
- Also, low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, war veterans, and people with disabilities who are not required to file a tax return annually.
- Undocumented persons are excluded, as are their spouses or relatives with whom they have filed a family tax return, no matter if they are citizens or permanent residents, as required by law.
- Students over 16 years of age who are dependent on their parents will not be reached by this assistance.
- Disabled adults with parents or other relatives who claim them as dependents on their taxes.
- Parents with children born this year will not receive this aid, although they are probably going to get the credit next year when they submit their 2020 tax return.
- Senior citizens with Social Security or earning below the minimum wage are eligible, except those who are claimed as tax dependents of their children or other relatives.
For those without a bank account
The IRS issues a stimulus check to everyone, even if they don’t have a bank account for different reasons and those who didn’t file their income tax returns can fill out the information on a new IRS platform to receive their money.
Who is not eligible?
Federal pandemic assistance payments will not be available to those who have filed individually with an income exceeding $99,000 and who have filed jointly in excess of $198,000 without a child.
Who is eligible?
Those taxpayers who have filed their tax returns for 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive a payment of up to $1,200 (individuals) and $2,400 (married couples).
All parents will also receive $500 for each qualifying child (under age 17).
How do you know when you’ll get your federal government aid and stimulus check?
The U.S. Postal Service, called the USPS, has an alert system that will send a notification to each citizen when they have a pending delivery.
To receive this notice, you will need to create a profile on their website, and then confirm your mailing address.
Once you are registered on the website, you will be able to access the Informed Delivery service, where you will receive black and white photos of the envelopes or mailings that are going to the address you registered on the USPS site, via cell phone or computer.
If the system sends a photo of a certified letter from the Treasury or the IRS, it means that the deposit has already been processed, and that you are about to receive it in the next few days.
Beware of fraud and scams
The IRS called on all taxpayers to be on the alert for possible scams, as there are numerous scammers who try to take advantage of circumstances to confuse people and send them false promises or information on the subject. These cybercriminals communicate with citizens in any way and ask for bank or personal information, with the excuse that it is necessary to deposit government aid.
Remember that at no time you will be asked for banking information, either online, by mail, or by phone. Beware of these scams!