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IRS extends deadline for non-filers to register for stimulus payments

IRS extends deadline for non-filers to register for stimulus payments
© Greg Nash

The IRS announced Monday that it is extending the deadline for people who aren't typically required to file tax returns to register for their coronavirus relief payments.

The agency said it is moving the deadline for non-filers to use an IRS web tool from Oct. 15 to Nov. 21, giving people an extra five weeks to submit their information.

“We took this step to provide more time for those who have not yet received a payment to register to get their money, including those in low-income and underserved communities,” IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said in a statement.

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Rettig added that any extension beyond November would hurt the agency's work on the 2020 and 2021 tax-filing seasons.

Under legislation enacted in late March, most Americans are eligible for one-time payments of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. The vast majority of eligible Americans received their payments earlier this year.

Reaching non-filers has been a challenge for the IRS as it has worked to get the stimulus payments to everyone who is eligible. Non-filers typically have very low incomes.

Democrats had encouraged the IRS to extend the deadline, arguing that the payments could be crucial for families struggling with their finances.