S.E. Williams | Contributor
For the last couple of years Justin Hintz, a young inland area father of two, has generated income for his small family by designing and selling his own line of t-shirts and other clothing options to members of the hip hop generation.
For Hintz, like others in the region, “Business has slowed due to the virus,” he said. Hintz said he and his family can really use the stimulus money, but was concerned it would be delayed because he has not generated enough income the last couple of years to file taxes; so he understood his payment would be delayed. Those concerns were eased Monday, April 13, 2020.
The IRS has launched an application to assist people who do not normally file income tax returns, to help assure, and expedite the processing and delivery of their stimulus checks. The web tool allows applicants to register quickly and also provide direct deposit information to expedite the deposit of funds. This effort is being implemented in partnership between the IRS and the non-profit Free File Alliance.
The non-filer tool is free to use and provides an easy option for people who are not normally obligated to file a return—including those with too little income to file. More information about this option is available online.
“People who don’t have a return filing obligation can use this tool to give us basic information so they can receive their Economic Impact Payments as soon as possible,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “The IRS and Free File Alliance have been working around the clock to deliver this new tool to help people.”
To be eligible for an Economic Impact Payment you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien who has a valid Social Security number; are not claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer and adjusted gross income under certain limits.
Most Americans will receive their Economic Impact Payments automatically if they filed a federal income tax return for 2018 or 2019; receive Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), or survivor benefits or Railroad Retirement benefits
U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose gross income did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019 and are not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019.
According to IRS officials once the online application is completed you will not need to take any additional action.
Before going online to submit your application be prepared to provide the following information: Full name, current mailing address and an email address; date of birth and valid Social Security number; bank account number, type and routing number (if you have one for direct deposit); Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) you received from the IRS earlier this year (if you have one); driver’s license or state-issued ID (if you have one); and, for each qualifying child: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to you or your spouse.
When you go online you will first be asked to create an account by providing your email address and phone number; and establishing a user ID and password. You will then be directed to a screen where you will input your filing status (Single or Married filing jointly) and personal information.
IRS officials say, “You will receive an e-mail from Customer Service at Free File Fillable Forms that either acknowledges you have successfully submitted your information, or that tells you there is a problem and how to correct it.”
The IRS confirmed the Free File will use the information to automatically complete a Form 1040 and transmit it to the IRS to compute and send you a payment.
To help everyone check the status of their Economic Impact Payments the IRS is expected to launch a second tool by April 17 called Get My Payment. It will provide people with the status of their payment—including the date their payment is scheduled to be deposited into their bank account or mailed to them.
An additional feature on Get My Payment will give people a chance to provide their bank account information so they can receive their payment more quickly rather than waiting for a paper check; however, this feature will be unavailable if the Economic Impact Payment has already been scheduled for delivery.
The IE Voice/Black Voice News will publish the website when it is available.