IRS mails letters to 270,590 Michigan residents to check eligibility for Economic Impact Payment

Posted at 3:51 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 15:51:08-04

(WXYZ) — The Internal Revenue Service has mailed 270,590 letters to people in Michigan to see if they are eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment this year.

The letters were sent to approximately 9 million people nationwide who typically aren’t required to file federal income tax returns but may qualify for an Economic Impact Payment.

The letter urges recipients to register at using the special Non-Filers tool on before the Oct. 15 deadline to register in order to receive a payment by the end of the year.

“These letters [] are part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that everyone eligible for a payment receives one,” said IRS spokesman, Luis D. Garcia. “Many of these people may not have had to file a tax return because they appear to have very low incomes based on Forms W-2 and 1099, and other third-party statements available to the IRS.”

The IRS cautions that receiving a letter is not a guarantee of eligibility. An individual is likely eligible for an Economic Impact Payment if they:

  • are a U.S. citizen or resident alien;
  • have a work-eligible Social Security number; and
  • can’t be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s federal income tax return.

Individuals can receive up to $1,200, and married couples can receive up to $2,400. People with qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2019 can get up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child.

People who are eligible can wait until next year and claim the recovery rebate credit on their 2020 federal income tax return by filing in 2021.