IRS stimulus check still not received? Free File could be a way to claim it

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Eligible Americans who haven’t received their first or second stimulus payment may be able to claim it on their 2020 taxes. Despite the government’s best efforts to deliver two rounds of direct payments for coronavirus relief to all eligible Americans over the past 10 months, many did not receive the full amount that they were owed. If you fall in that category, and the Internal Revenue Service hasn’t told you to expect a check is in the mail, you may be able to claim your payment as a Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2020 taxes. Read Full Story

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Want a bigger stimulus check? File your taxes this weekend.

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It’s worth filing your taxes this weekend, if your income dropped between 2019 and 2020 and it’s below $100,000 for individuals or $200,000 for couples. As the legislation for a third round of stimulus checks winds its way through a Congressional budget reconciliation process this month, there’s one way to increase the amount of your next stimulus check: If your income dropped between 2019 and 2020, file your taxes. Fast. Read Full Story

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Warning: Delayed IRS tax filing deadline may not apply to your state taxes

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Some states are following suit, but some may not. That extra, blissful spring month before you have to file your taxes that the IRS gifted you this week comes with a hitch: The new May 17 filing deadline for 2020 taxes applies to federal taxes only. Your state’s tax deadlines may still be April 15. As of Friday morning, some states have already said that they would join the IRS in extending the filing deadline to May 17, but every state may not jump on board. Read Full Story

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Still no second stimulus check? This possible IRS error might be the reason why

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Some Americans who used tax-preparer services like TurboTax and H&R Block still haven’t received their stimulus checks. As the United States grapples with the aftermath of Wednesday’s shocking insurrection and talking heads across the globe debate the fate of American democracy, many at home are still grappling with financial hardship wrought by the coronavirus pandemic , a reality made no less dire by yesterday’s mob. Read Full Story

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IRS stimulus check timeline: This is when yours could get mailed if you’re expecting a paper one

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The Treasury Department is downplaying estimates that suggest the final checks won’t arrive until September. Only time will tell. If you haven’t already received your Economic Impact Payment via direct deposit and are expecting it to come in the mail instead, your stimulus check’s arrival date depends on two details: Your income level in your 2019 taxes (or, if you haven’t filed yet, your 2018 taxes), and whether or not you filed taxes jointly last year. Read Full Story

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