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Remain vigilant of scammers pretending to be from the government regarding your relief check. Anyone calling, emailing, or texting to ask for your personal information, such as your Social Security number, PayPal account, or bank information, or requesting you sign up for your relief check may be seeking to scam you. Remember, no one has early access to relief funds.
Economic Impact Payment Assistance:
The IRS has established a special phone line, (800) 919-9835, for taxpayers to call if they have questions about their Economic Impact Payments.
In addition, the IRS has launched this website to help people with their economic impact payments. The site allows you to check your payment status, confirm your payment type (direct deposit or check), and enter your bank account information for direct deposit if the IRS does not have your direct deposit information and has not yet sent your payment. It also provides this guidance about whether you are eligible for a payment, how to calculate your payment, how to request and receive your payment, and what you should do if you need to return a payment. (Notably, non-resident immigrants are not eligible for the payment, and neither are people who are incarcerated or have died.)
The IRS has helpful information regarding Frequently Asked Questions about the Get My Payment portal here.
New Tool to Help Non-filers Register for Economic Impact Payments:
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have launched a web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact Payments for those who don’t normally file a tax return. The Non-filer Tool provides a free and easy option designed for people who don’t have a return filing obligation, including those with too little income to file.
The feature is available only on this IRS webpage, and users should look for an “Enter Your Information” button to take them directly to the tool. The tool is a Free File fillable forms product developed in partnership with the Free File Alliance. NOTE: Non-filers who have qualifying children under age 17 and are scheduled to receive the Economic Impact Payment automatically can use this tool to claim the $500 payment per child.