Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here Tool Scenarios

Updated November 21, 2020

The deadline for non-filers to register for an Economic Impact Payment through the Non-Filers tool is November 21, 2020. Alternatively, eligible individuals can wait until next year and claim the recovery rebate credit on the 2020 federal income tax return they file in 2021. For more information visit Topic G: Non-Filers Tool.

The following scenarios can help you decide if you need to use the IRS's Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool to get your Economic Impact Payment. You can find this tool only on IRS.gov.

This Non-Filers tool – available until November 21 -  was designed for people eligible for an Economic Impact Payment who were not required to file a tax return for 2018 or 2019. If you are a Social Security, Railroad Retirement or Veterans benefit recipient who already received a $1,200 payment, you can use the tool to register for an additional $1,200 for your spouse and $500 for any qualifying children. Additional amounts will be paid this year if the IRS receives your information before the deadline. If you do not register this information before the deadline, you may be able to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2020 tax return.

You're likely eligible for an Economic Impact Payment if you meet all these requirements:

  • Are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, resident alien, or qualifying resident alien,
  • Have a Social Security number that is valid for employment,
  • Could not be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer, and
  • Had adjusted gross income under certain limits.

You can use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool to provide simple information so you can get your payment. You should use this application if you meet all these requirements:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident,
  • Had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019, and
  • Did not file a return for 2018 or 2019 and were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019.

For each of these scenarios, assume that you and your family members are U.S. citizens, each with a Social Security number that is valid for employment.

Scenario 1

You're 20 years old and unemployed. No other taxpayer can claim you as a dependent for 2019. You aren't required to file a federal income tax return because you had no income. You may register with the IRS using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool to get your $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.

Scenario 2

You're 20 years old and a full-time college student. For 2019, your mother claims you as a dependent on her federal income tax return. Because your mother claimed you on her federal income tax return, you aren't eligible for the Economic Impact Payment and can't use Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool. The IRS will automatically calculate and issue your mother an Economic Impact Payment based on her 2019 federal income tax return, if she is eligible. She will not receive an additional $500 Economic Impact Payment for you because you're not a qualifying child younger than 17.

Scenario 3

You're married, retired and receive Social Security benefits, but your spouse does not. Each year, you receive a Form SSA-1099 from the Social Security Administration showing the amount of your benefits. Neither you nor your spouse, are claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer for 2019. Your gross income as a couple is below $24,400, and you don't need to, nor did you, file a federal income tax return for 2019. You and your spouse are eligible for a $2,400 Economic impact Payment. The IRS will automatically calculate and issue you a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment based on the information listed on your Form SSA-1099. However, you must provide certain information to get the other $1,200 because your spouse didn't receive benefits from SSA or RRB in 2019. You may register with the IRS using the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool to get the rest of your Economic Impact Payment of $2,400 for you and your spouse. You'll get the payment this year only if you registered with the IRS by November 21. If you miss the deadline, you can file a 2020 tax return next year to claim the additional $1,200 and, if you have any qualifying children, you can claim $500 for them based on your 2020 information.

Scenario 4

You're retired and receive Social Security benefits. Each year, you receive a Form SSA-1099 from the Social Security Administration showing the amount of your benefits. You have no dependent children or grandchildren. You're not claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer for 2019. Your gross income is below $12,200 and you don't need to, nor did you, file a federal income tax return for 2019. The IRS will automatically calculate and issue you a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment based on the information listed on your Form SSA-1099. You won't qualify for any additional payment because you have no dependent children or grandchildren. Do not use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool to register with the IRS.

Scenario 5

You're retired and receive Social Security benefits. Your daughter claimed you as her dependent when she filed her 2019 federal income tax return. Because you're claimed as a dependent, you're not eligible for the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment and can't use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool. The IRS will automatically calculate and issue your daughter an Economic Impact Payment based on her 2019 federal income tax return, if she is eligible for a payment. Your daughter is not eligible to receive an additional $500 because you're not a qualifying child younger than 17.

Scenario 6

You're 16 and had taxes withheld from your 2019 wages at your part-time job. Your parents filed a 2019 federal income tax return on which they claimed you as a dependent and reported adjusted gross income of $65,000. Because your parents claimed you as a dependent, you aren't eligible for the Economic Impact Payment and can't use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool. The IRS will automatically calculate and issue your parents an Economic Impact Payment based on their 2019 federal income tax return. Your parents will get their Economic Impact Payment of $2,400 plus an additional $500 for you.