Economic Impact Payment Information Center — Topic B: Requesting my Economic Impact Payment

A1. If you do not have a filing requirement and are not planning on filing a 2019 tax return, you can register online for an Economic Impact Payment using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool on IRS.gov before the extended November 21 deadline if you’re eligible. For those who prefer to register on paper, you can mail a simplified paper tax return. This means that you’ll be filing a 2019 income tax return so you can get your Economic Impact Payment. See Can I register for an Economic Impact Payment without using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool? and File a Simplified Paper Tax Return for more information.

Individuals can receive up to $1,200, and married couples can receive up to $2,400. People with qualifying children under age 17 can get up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child.

You are likely eligible for an Economic Impact Payment if you:

  • are a U.S. citizen or resident alien;
  • have a work-eligible Social Security number; and
  • can't be claimed as a dependent on someone else's federal income tax return.

The IRS is mailing Notice 1444-A in late September to people who typically aren't required to file federal income tax returns but may qualify for an Economic Impact Payment and have not registered to claim it yet.  The letters, delivered from an IRS address, are being sent to people who don't typically have a tax return filing requirement because they appear to have very low incomes based on Forms W-2 and 1099, and other third-party statements available to the IRS. To help address fraud concerns, a copy of the letter PDF is available on IRS.gov.

Receiving a letter is not a guarantee of eligibility for an Economic Impact Payment. For more information on eligibility requirements, see the Economic Impact Payment eligibility FAQs on IRS.gov.

A2. You DO NOT need to take any further action if you filed a federal income tax return for 2018 or 2019. If you already filed your tax return for 2019, the IRS will use this information to calculate the Payment amount. If you haven’t filed your tax return for 2019 but filed a 2018 federal income tax return, the IRS will use the information from your 2018 tax return to calculate the Payment amount.

A3. You must provide basic information to the IRS to receive your Payment. The IRS urges you to take one of the following actions as soon as you can.

  • You can use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool to provide simple information to the IRS so you can get your Payment. U.S. citizens and permanent residents can use this tool if they had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples filing jointly) for 2019 and were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019 and didn't plan to do so. This is the quickest way to get your payment.
  • You can file a federal income tax return for 2019 with the IRS even if you receive non-taxable income or do not make enough money to normally have to file a tax return. All taxpayers should file electronically through their tax preparer, tax software provider or IRS Free File if possible.

Have your bank account information available when you use the tool or file so you can get your Payment as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the IRS will mail your Payment to the address you provide.

A4. Use the IRS Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) online tool that provides answers to tax questions. The Do I Need to File a Tax Return? tool can help you determine if you're required to file a 2019 federal income tax return.

Answer the questions about your filing status, federal income tax withheld, and basic information to help you determine your gross income to see if you need to file a 2019 tax return. If you had no income or income under a certain amount, you are not required to file a tax return. If you are not required to file a tax return, the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool is the fastest way to get your Payment.

A5. No. The IRS used the information from your 2018 tax return to calculate the Payment amount since you haven’t filed your 2019 return yet.

If you did not receive the full amount to which you believe you are entitled, you will be able to claim the additional amount when you file your 2020 tax return.  We encourage everyone to review our “How do I calculate my EIP Payment” question and answer.

Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment, will be mailed to your last known address within a few weeks after the Payment is made. The notice will provide information about your Economic Impact Payment. Keep it with your records. When you file your 2020 tax return next year, you can refer to Notice 1444 and claim additional credits on your 2020 tax return if you are eligible for them. The IRS will provide further details on IRS.gov on the action you may need to take.

A6. Payments will be made throughout the rest of 2020. If you don’t receive a Payment this year, you can also claim it by filing a tax return for 2020 next year.

A7. The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information - even related to the economic impact payments. Watch out for websites and social media attempts that request money or personal information and for schemes tied to Economic Impact Payments.

The IRS urges taxpayers to visit IRS.gov – the official IRS website – to protect against scam artists. The IRS has issued a warning about coronavirus-related scams.

For security reasons, a letter about the Payment will be mailed to each recipient’s last known address within 15 days after the Payment is made.

A8. Yes, the IRS will continue to process 2019 tax returns and issue payments to individuals who have not already received a payment and have not already been determined to be ineligible based on their 2018 tax returns.

If you are in this situation and eligible for an Economic Impact Payment based on your 2019 federal tax return:

  • Your payments will be issued shortly thereafter. Check your payment  status in Get My Payment .
  • You will receive Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment,  after the payment is issued.  Keep this notice with your tax records.

A9. No. If the IRS determined that you were ineligible for a payment based on your 2018 tax return prior to your filing a 2019 return, the IRS will not issue you a payment in 2020. If you meet the eligibility requirements based on your tax information in 2020, you may claim a credit in 2021 when you file your 2020 federal income tax return.

A10. No. If you hadn’t filed a 2019 tax return or the return had not been processed at the time of the IRS determination, the IRS used the information from your 2018 tax return to issue the payment.

If you meet the eligibility requirements based on your tax information in 2020, you may claim a credit in 2021 when you file your 2020 federal income tax return.

The IRS encourages everyone to review the Calculating My Economic Impact Payment questions and answers.

After we send your payment, you will receive Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment to your last known address. Keep the notice with your and tax records and refer to it when you file your 2020 tax return next year.

A11. No. The IRS will not reevaluate payment amounts and eligibility after a payment has been issued or if you have been determined to be ineligible. This also applies to taxpayers who used the Non-Filers tool to sign up for an Economic Impact Payment and those who mailed or plan to mail a 2019 tax return using the Amended EIP Return instructions.

However, if you meet the eligibility requirements based on your tax information in 2020, you may claim an additional amount as credit in 2021 when you file your 2020 federal income tax return.
For more information about how to calculate your payment amount, see the Calculating My Economic Impact Payment page.

After we send your payment, you will get Notice 1444, Your Economic Impact Payment, with information about your payment.  We will send the notice to your last known address. Keep the notice with your records and refer to it when you file your 2020 federal tax return in 2021 to determine if you are eligible to claim additional credits on your 2020 federal tax return.

A12. The IRS cannot correct or issue additional payments at this time.

The IRS used your 2019 tax return (or 2018 if 2019 wasn’t on file) to determine your eligibility and calculated any Economic Impact Payment. If you didn’t get an Economic Impact Payment in 2020, you may be eligible to get a credit next year when you file your 2020 federal income tax return in 2021.

For more information about eligibility, see the eligibility requirements.

We will continue to update IRS.gov with more information as it becomes available.

 A13. If you’re not required to file a federal income tax return for 2018 or 2019 and you can’t be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, you can enter your information using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here online tool by November 21, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET.

 Or, you may mail us a 2019 simplified paper tax return following the procedures at File a Simplified Paper Tax Return by the court-ordered deadline of November 4, 2020, to the following address:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0003

 If you are currently incarcerated, you may use your institution address as your home address on Form 1040, even if it is a P.O. Box.  If you use your institution address, include your corrections or inmate identifying number in the section at the top to ensure the IRS can deliver the Payment to you.  It is best to add it near your last name. If you already used the Non-Filers tool or filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 (including a joint tax return with your spouse), you DO NOT need to take any further action.  We already reconsidered your eligibility for the Payment.

 For more information about the eligibility of an incarcerated person for the Payment, see Q A7. Does someone who is incarcerated qualify for the Payment? 

 If you do not receive a Payment by December 31, 2020, you may be able to claim a recovery rebate credit by filing a 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR. See IRS.gov/eip.