The first round of Coronavirus Stimulus Checks (also called Economic Impact Payments) were sent out by the IRS over the weekend.
Most payments are not going to be sent out until after April 15th. For security reasons, the IRS plans to mail a letter about the economic impact payment to the taxpayer’s last known address within 15 days after the payment is paid. The letter will provide information on how the payment was made and how to report any failure to receive the payment. If a taxpayer is unsure, they’re receiving a legitimate letter, the IRS urges taxpayers to visit IRS.gov first to protect against scam artists.
Please be extra cautious of scams where fraudsters may pretend to be with the IRS and ask for your personal information. There are a few important things to know and share with older family members who may not be as well-informed:
- . No fees. No charges. Nothing. If you are asked to pay up front, this is a scam.
- to ask for your Social Security Number, account numbers or credit card numbers. Anyone who calls you to ask for this is likely a scammer.
- However, “non-filers” will need to submit information to the IRS. A “non-filer” is described as
- You a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return because your gross income was under $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples). This includes people who had no income. Or
- You to file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return for other reasons
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