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October 5, 2020 | Library Staff

Economic Impact Payment

In a recent Court Order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton, qualifying individuals who are currently incarcerated are eligible for the $1200 Economic Impact Payment, also known as the Stimulus Check or CARES Act. You can learn more about the case and its implications here

Information below is provided by the Internal Revenue Service. Follow this link for general information about Economic Impact Payments.  

To receive an Economic Impact Payment, you must file your simplified tax return by 11 pm Central Standard Time on Friday, October 15th.  Non-filers, who normally are not required to file taxes, have a deadline of Saturday, November the 21st by 11 pm CST. This only applies to online applications as of October 5th, 2020.

Who is eligible for the Economic Impact Payment? 

U.S. citizens, permanent residents and qualifying resident aliens who: 

  • Have a valid Social Security number, 
  • Could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and 
  • Had adjusted gross income under certain limits. 

To file online, visit the Get My Payment page on the IRS website. You will need a valid email address to verify your account.

Here are Instructions for Non-Filers, if you don’t usually file Federal income taxes.  

To file a simplified tax return, follow these instructions. 

You can file a simplified paper tax return to get your payment only if all of these statements are true: 

  • You haven’t filed a tax return for 2019 
  • You aren’t required to file a tax return for 2019 – typically because your income is too low 
  • You have a Social Security number that lets you work in the United States 
  • You can’t be claimed as someone else’s dependent 

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