Congressman Doyle Wants to Make Sure Americans Get Their “Stimulus Checks”

April 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – April 14, 2020 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has created a new online form where Americans who don’t file federal income tax returns (“non-filers”) can submit the information the IRS needs to determine their eligibility for the Economic Impact Payments, calculate the size of their payments, and send the payments to those who are eligible.

Individuals who provide their direct deposit information to the IRS will receive their Economic Impact Payments in their bank accounts within the next few weeks, whereas the IRS will mail checks to individuals for whom it doesn’t have direct deposit information – and that process is expected to take a number of months.

“I know there are many folks whose income level isn’t high enough for them to file a tax return. I’m glad the IRS has launched this online process to ensure these non-filers get their Economic Impact Payments as rapidly as possible. These are some of the most vulnerable Americans who need financial support the most during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Congress passed the legislation providing these payments to most households, we wanted to get the money into people’s hands quickly. I will continue to press the IRS to get these payments out as swiftly and efficiently as possible.”

Congress passed H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act last month to help Americans struggling with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other provisions, this legislation authorized Economic Impact Payments to most Americans of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the federal agency that will send out these payments – which many people are calling “stimulus checks” – in the coming weeks and months.

These payments will be automatically deposited in many Americans’ bank accounts. However, Americans who do not typically file taxes must take additional steps to provide the IRS with information establishing their eligibility and address in order to receive their Economic Impact Payments. They also have the option of providing the IRS with direct deposit information for their bank account. Without this information, the IRS will mail them checks, which may take months to arrive. If someone didn’t file an income tax return for 2018 or 2019, they should go online to https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here to provide the IRS with the information it needs to send them this payment.

Americans who filed income taxes for 2018 or 2019 but have not provided the IRS with their direct deposit information will be provided with a separate online form to complete. The IRS is in the process of setting up a web page where Americans can check on the status of their payments, add direct deposit information so that they can get their payment faster, and ensure the IRS has up-to-date address information for mailed checks; the IRS will provide updates about this web page online at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.

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