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If you don’t usually file a tax return, or didn’t file a return for 2018 or 2019, you might not know you could qualify for an economic impact payment. You might be one of the nine million people getting a letter from the IRS letting you know how to register on their website to claim your payment. The new deadline for filing is November 21, 2020.


If you get this letter from the IRS, it’s legit. Go only to the IRS’s real website at, or call them directly at 800-919-9835 to register to claim your payment. You only have until November 21. But if someone claiming to be from the IRS calls, emails, or texts about helping you get your stimulus payment, that person is running a government imposter scam on you. Hang up, and don’t respond to or click on any links in texts or emails.


Why? Because the IRS will not text, email, or call you about your economic impact payment. And they’ll never ask you to pay a fee to get your money.


Visit the IRS’s website to find out more about stimulus payments. And be sure to tell the FTC if someone pretending to be from the government contacts you.


Note: This blog, originally posted on September 23, 2020, has been updated with the IRS’s extended filing deadline of November 21, 2020.


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November 16, 2020

In reply to by Rosendo Sandoval

I got out of prison August 14th and filed the next day under non filers and it just now posted on their saying I will be getting my check November 12. I was in prison for 4 years so just be patience!
October 08, 2020
Waiting to see
October 08, 2020
I haven't got a check yet
October 08, 2020
My mother did not receive a payment yet. She gets Social Security. Will she get a letter? Should she call this number?
FTC Staff
October 08, 2020

In reply to by K

The IRS website has information about who is eligible for a stimulus payment. The IRS website says:

Eligible retirees and  recipients of Social Security retirement, survivor, or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and VA Compensation and Pension (C&P), who do not file a tax return, will receive a $1,200 payment automatically.

The IRS has more information for people who get Social Security retirement benefits on this page..

October 08, 2020
I didn’t receive payment but I never got one of those letters. Should I go to the website?
Alex’s Mom
October 08, 2020
How does a NJ inmate request stimulus payment by Oct 15? I cannot find a form.
Don't use your…
October 08, 2020
I got one . Then filed on It . How will I know if and when I will receive payment?
November 04, 2020

In reply to by FTC Staff

I filed 4 weeks ago for non filers status and it keeps saying no updates available on my payment status
October 08, 2020
Hi if i was file on someone taxes im over 18 in get ssi will i get a stimulus
October 08, 2020
My son was a dependent in 2019 until he got a job in Sept. 2019. Is he eligible for the first Covid stimulus payment if we filed 2019 claiming him as a dependent? Thanks.
October 08, 2020
The irs received my non-filers application on July 28th i still haven't received a payment or a letter regarding payment.
October 08, 2020
My wife has costed of 2 -1m and one f we did not get the 500.00 for them and we did the nonefiler and she called them too but no word on it
Kingsport 37660
October 08, 2020
I had already filed for stimulus check before the grandparents failed to tell me I had to claim her and j didnt so there fore she didn't get back the $500 she was 16 at the time how do I fix this?
FTC Staff
October 09, 2020

In reply to by Kingsport 37660

The IRS has questions and answers about stimulus payments at There is information about what to do if you think the amount of your payment was wrong.

October 09, 2020
Do I need to sign up again since I received my $1200 back in May, but I never received the 500 for my 16 yr old son? Any information would be greatly appreciated
FTC Staff
October 09, 2020

In reply to by Di_starr

The IRS has questions and answers about stimulus payments at There is information about what to do if you think the amount of your payment was wrong.


October 08, 2020
I used e filers tool, never received 1st stimulus, keep being told there's no check date available.?
October 08, 2020
If you are a victim of identity theft, how can you check and make sure no one used your information to draw a check in your name?
October 08, 2020
I filed 2019 in April. No record of it according to IRS. I DO have proof of delivery. I can’t register on IRS website. No credit card, no mortgage, no student loan etc.
Don't use you…
October 08, 2020
I'm still waiting for the 1st stimulus check and I filed my taxes this year and last and I checked all the boxes so I qualify. So the IRS is making sure prisoners get their checks and I'm still waiting! So whats with this?
VM Idaho
October 08, 2020
My husband got the first stimulus check earlier this year. I waited a few months and didn't get one. I read on the AARP site that a gentleman didn't get his and decided to file for 2018/2019, even though it said you didn't have to. I went in and filed, and got my check in about a week.
October 08, 2020
I resieved a letter stating that I should use nono file does that mean I am ok to get one
October 09, 2020
I'm asking if you went on non filers the first time and theyre a second stimulus do you have to go on non filers again
Let’s get it$$
December 22, 2020

In reply to by Don'tmikemarvu…

Did you ever get an answer for your question? Because I’m wondering the exact same thing .
October 09, 2020
I havent received my first stimulus check but I received a letter from IRS stating I owe back taxes from 2012....can they withhold my check for this reason
October 09, 2020
My payment status says i am eligible for payment and to wait for update for payment date. I am asking because i used the non filer tool back in April and my payment status never updated, but after reading about the Oct 15 deadline i entered my info on the Get My Payment portal and was prompted to a screen asking for AGI and bank information. After doing this my payment status changed for the first time and now says i am eligible and to wait for a payment date. Does this mean i am guaranteed a stimulus payment now?
October 09, 2020
If I received the first check do I need to file again for the second one?
Paul H
October 09, 2020
On the 1st check I received a letter saying it was going into a acct, and had the last 4 numbers of the acct. that it was supposed to have been put in. Anyway never received it and hoping the next check is not deposited there cause i have no idea whos acct that is. So the irs has gave my money to someone else. so now what do i do
October 10, 2020
someone stole my stem cheek what do I do I no longer have the same number to change my password
October 10, 2020
My husband and son are on as and SSI and both got a check I thought if you was married you would get one through your spouse I however did not my question is can i file through nonfiler and get a check of my own?and if i do file when will i find out if i get a check or not?
FTC Staff
October 21, 2020

In reply to by Meme2009

The IRS has information about who is eligible for a stimulus check. The IRS says that people who get Social Security retirement, survivor or SSDI or SSI benefits, and who don't file a tax return will get a stimulus check automatically.

Read about Who Is Eligible  to find out if you need to file through the Non-Filer tool before the deadline.

October 10, 2020
I'm just learning that I was more than likely eligible to recieve the first Stimulus Check. Can I still get the first Stimulus Check?
October 11, 2020
What should I do if my letter was missing or never got delivered to my house? Ive been waiting since March as well!!
October 11, 2020
I am trying to find out what to do for people who are incarcerated but received the 1st stimulus check as direct deposit & the IRS rescinded it saying they were ineligible. The courts have ruled that they are eligible so how do they get their money returned to them?
Kyle S
October 12, 2020
I had someone use my SS# fraudulently and had contacted the IRS and whoever else to deal with this, I have still received no stimulus check. I had filed non filer tax tool, when will j get one and will I get one?
October 13, 2020
Hey i did not get the economic impact payment because the IRS said they do not now What going on so what do i have to do to get one
October 13, 2020
If you file for nonfilers an get approved how long does it be till you receive?
October 13, 2020
I received a letter and filed on line Oct 2nd. Got the email that same day Oct 2nd that states it was excepted. When I check the status says unavailable. How long did it take?