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Susan Tompor: IRS still reaching out to send stimulus checks

By Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Business News

Many lower income households who are still wondering why they didn't get a stimulus check of $1,200 or more are getting another second chance.

The Internal Revenue Service is extending what had been an Oct. 15 deadline until Nov. 21 for those who typically don't file a tax return to get their information to the IRS.

The IRS is trying to connect with people who typically don't file a tax return and have not received a stimulus check or Economic Impact Payment yet. Those stimulus payments began rolling out in April but millions did not get money yet.

Who needs to do extra work to get money?

The goal is to reach out to homeless people, people who have little or no income and others in underserved communities who might qualify for a stimulus payment.

We're often talking about consumers with incomes typically below $24,400 for married couples, and $12,200 for singles who could not be claimed as a dependent by someone else.

 

"We have remained especially focused on getting payments out to people who are homeless, who don't normally have a return filing obligation, or who otherwise live their life outside normal lines of communication," according to testimony given by Charles Rettig, the IRS commissioner, to a House subcommittee on Oct. 7.

The IRS, Rettig said, has been working to reach out to "many lower-income, military, veterans, retired, older, limited English proficient, and homeless communities around the country."

And the IRS is asking for assistance from hundreds of local community groups and religious organizations as part of its outreach.

What step needs to be taken?

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