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  • Writer's pictureJim Nardello CPA


Individuals who were not required to file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 may be required to provide their information to the IRS in order to receive their stimulus payment. If you filed a return in 2018 or 2019, or you received Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits, you can expect to receive your stimulus payment. If none of those apply to you then you will have to go to the following website and complete the steps listed below to verify your eligibility and to receive your payment.

The following are instructions from The Journal of Accountancy on what you will need for this process and the steps to complete:

"To use the portal, taxpayers must have the following information available:

  • Full name, current mailing address, and an email address;

  • Date of birth and valid Social Security number;

  • Bank account number, type of account (checking or savings), and bank routing number, if the taxpayer has one;

  • Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) received from the IRS, if the taxpayer has one;

  • Driver’s license or state-issued ID, if the taxpayer has one;

  • For each qualifying child who will receive the $500 payment: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number, and the child’s relationship to the taxpayer or the taxpayer’s spouse.

Once the taxpayer clicks on “Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here” button, the website will direct him or her to a Free File Fillable Forms portal, an IRS partner. This is what will happen on that site:

  • The taxpayer will create an account by providing an email address and phone number and establishing a user ID and password.

  • The taxpayer will be directed to a screen to input filing status and personal information.

  • The taxpayer should be sure he or she has a valid Social Security number (and for the spouse if the taxpayer was married at the end of 2019) unless the taxpayer is filing “married filing jointly” with a 2019 member of the military. Taxpayers should also be sure they have a valid Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number for each dependent they want to claim for the $500 economic impact payment.

  • Check the “box” if someone can claim the taxpayer or the taxpayer’s spouse as a dependent.

  • Complete the bank information noted above or the IRS will send a check.

  • The last step is a screen to enter personal information to verify the taxpayer’s identity. Taxpayers are directed to simply follow the instructions. Taxpayers should enter driver’s license (or state-issued ID) information, but they can leave it blank if they do not have either one."


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