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IRS: More than 150,000 Louisiana non-filers could be eligible for impact payments

IRS: Distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks
Posted at 11:18 AM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 12:18:26-04

The Internal Revenue Service says that more than 150,000 Louisiana non-filers could be eligible to receive economic impact payments.

Those individuals are among the roughly nine million across the country who will receive letters this month encouraging them to check their eligibility online.

Letters will go out to 159,575 Louisiana residents who typically aren't required to file federal income tax returns. Recipients will be asked to visit IRS.gov to determine whether they are eligible to receive the payments.

The deadline to register is October 15.

The IRS says that the letters, delivered from an IRS address, will be sent to people who haven't filed a return for either 2018 or 2019. These are 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.

See a copy of the letter at the end of the article.

"The IRS continues to work hard to reach people eligible for these payments," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "These mailings are the latest step by the IRS to reach as many people as possible for these important payments. We are releasing this state-by-state information so that state and local leaders and organizations can better understand the size of this population in their communities and assist them in claiming these important payments. Time is running out to claim a payment before the deadline."

The IRS says that the letters, officially known as IRS Notice 1444-A, are the final stage in the department's outreach to get payments out to those who are eligible.

Around 7 million people have used the IRS Non-Filers tool to register for payments, the department says.

Individuals can receive up to $1,200, and married couples can receive up to $2,400. People with qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2019 can get up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child.

The IRS cautions that receiving a letter is not a guarantee of eligibility. An individual is likely eligible for an Economic Impact Payment if they:

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

See more eligibility criteria, here.

Beginning two weeks after registering, people can track the status of their payment using the Get My Payment tool.

Learn more about the non-filers tool at IRS.gov.

Copy of non-filers letter below:

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