Have You Received Your $1,200 Check? Deadline is October 15, 2020

The IRS is concerned that millions who are eligible—individuals who aren’t legally required to file income tax returns—aren’t aware that they can get stimulus checks and, as such, these people might miss out. To mitigate this, federal officials are taking extra steps to reach these individuals and ensure that they know they can—and should—sign up for a stimulus check.

Low-income, no-income and homeless people are eligible to receive stimulus checks. If you want to receive a stimulus check by the end of this year, you need to register by October 15. Although the earlier you sign up, the quicker you can get your stimulus check. Community leaders and employers should help spread this message to their low-income earners, essential workers or those recently unemployed who earned less than $12,200 as an individual or $24,400 as a married couple.

The IRS created the Non-Filers tool so you can get a stimulus check even if you aren’t normally required to file taxes. If you register by October 15, you will receive a stimulus check by the end of the year. However, the earlier you register, the earlier you can get stimulus money of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples.

Below are some of the requirements to be eligible for the stimulus check:

  1. You have a valid social security number,

  2. You cannot be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and

  3. You have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less if single; $112,500 or less if head of household; $150,000 or less if married filing a joint return.

  4. Reduced payments are available for those who earn more than the above amounts but still earn less than $99,000 per year or less for individuals, $136,500 per year or less for head of household and $198,000 per year or less for married filing jointly.

If you need assistance to determine your eligibility for the stimulus, or you are still waiting for your check, you may fill out this form, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScdUPoVJuoCEaZQAugf3BPSLiaiMdylWjgyW02f0aX24-zfWA/viewform?usp=sf_link and Africans Help Desk will contact you on a first come first served basis to assist you.

Please share the information to your friends, family and network.