There is a new tool on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website at IRS.gov to help individuals quickly register for Economic Impact Payments if they do not normally file a tax return.

Individuals who have a qualifying child and did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return, have until 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 to register to have $500 per eligible child added automatically to their soon-to-be-received $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.

How Does an Individual Apply?

Individuals should visit IRS.gov and look for "Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here."  They will be asked to provide their Social Security number, name, address, and dependents. The IRS will use this information to confirm their eligibility, perform the calculation, and send them an Economic Impact Payment.

Using the tool will not result in any taxes being owed. Entering bank account information will allow the IRS to deposit the payment directly into bank account. Otherwise, the payment will be mailed.

Who is Eligible for the Economic Impact Payment?

U.S. citizens or resident aliens who:

  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer
  • Had adjusted gross income under certain limits

Most eligible U.S. taxpayers will automatically receive their Economic Impact Payments including:

  • Individuals who filed a federal income tax for 2018 or 2019
  • Individuals who receive Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), survivor benefits, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Individuals who receive Railroad Retirement benefits

Who Should Use Non-Filers Status:

Eligible U.S. citizens or permanent residents who:

  • Had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019
  • Were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019, and didn't plan to do so
  • Have children and who weren't required file a tax return in 2018 or 2019

Individuals can provide the necessary information to the IRS easily and quickly for no fee through Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info. IRS will use this information to determine their eligibility and payment amount and send them an Economic Impact Payment. After providing this information, they will not need to take any additional action.

What Information Must be Provided?

  • Full name, current mailing address and an email address
  • Date of birth and valid Social Security number
  • Bank account number, type and routing number
  • Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) that was received from the IRS earlier this year, if they have one
  • Driver’s license or state-issued ID, if they have one
  • For each qualifying child: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to the individual 

What Should You Expect

Once on IRS Website, after clicking “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here,” it will open a Free File Fillable Forms, a certified IRS partner. This site is safe and secure.

Individuals can follow these steps to create an account by providing the following information:

  • Their email address and phone number  
  • Establishing a user ID and password
  • Their filing status (Single or Married filing jointly) and personal information
  • A valid Social Security number
  • Check the “box” if someone can claim them as a dependent or their spouse as a dependent
  • Complete bank account information (otherwise the IRS will send a check).

An e-mail will be sent from Customer Service at Free File Fillable Forms that either acknowledges the information has been successfully submitted, or that there is a problem and how to correct it.

Free File Fillable forms will use the information to automatically complete a Form 1040 and transmit it to the IRS to compute and send a payment.