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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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October 14, 2020
So when i check my e-check status on the non filers website it says that my return was accepted by the IRS but does not say how or when i will get paid. But when I check the get my payment website, it says payment status not available. What am i waiting on? We just got evicted 2 weeks ago and dont have anywhere to go.. i dont even have an address to change my information to in case something were to show up in the mail. What do i do?
October 16, 2020

In reply to by Kcox404

the same exact thing is happening to me. I filed on the 2nd, got a email saying I was accepted, then on the check e-file site it cycled between two messages both saying I was accepted and one telling me to wait 3 a few days and go to the get my payment site. I went and it's been saying "Not available.", I checked the e-file site and now it says, "Congratulations, the IRS has accepted your return. The IRS will process this information and determine your eligibility for the Economic Impact Payment." Before it said nothing about me being eligible but I was accepted. When I check the "where's my refund site" and I put a $1 in the "exact payment amount" space it says my "refund" it says refund recieved not approved.
October 14, 2020
Why do you guys respond to a select few of people's inquiries?? There are no more than twenty or so questions and most look like automated responses.
October 14, 2020
I have filed a NON FILERS FORM since August 10, got an email saying "Congratulations, the IRS has accepted your Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info return" but I haven't received my check yet. How is it possible to have information since the response I get is"Payment Status Not Available
Kenny Wiley
November 11, 2020

In reply to by elena

I filed the Non Filers on May 23rd. Was accepted about 3 days later. I still have no check, no letter and the IRS website has said "Payment Status Unavailable" this entire time.
October 14, 2020
I filed almost 2 weeks ago using direct deposit. When will my stimulus come? I really need it for my son.
October 14, 2020
How long does it take to process and payment to be sent?
October 15, 2020
I file for my first stimulus check on the first for this month n it been 2 weeks n haven’t got it yet
October 15, 2020
How do it take to get your stimulus check been waiting 2weeks now in still havnt seen nothing.. in I need it
October 15, 2020
I got approved on my non filer on the 9th. How long dose it take to get my paymeany
October 15, 2020
I was approved on my non filers. How long before I get my payment
October 15, 2020
I filed for stimulus check didn't receive the check or a letter this year. However I received a phone call last Friday from social security it was an automated voice saying I needed to call them for fraudulent activity on my social security card or there was going to be a federal arrest warrant issued for me. And then yesterday Wednesday the automated voice from the social security office called me back and told me that they issued a federal warrant for my arrest for fraudulent activity on my social security number and I needed to call them. at least these scammers kind of follow through with their scam of calling me back saying there was an active Federal warrant for me however they called me from two different phone numbers neither one belonging to the social security administration. But I have their numbers and I also have the voicemails that they left me along with the date and time that they called.
October 16, 2020
I was in prison I released about 4 months ago I did 3 years so I wasn't able to put I went able to work or put any W-2 forms in I was wanting to know if I'm able to get the second stimulus I didn't get the first one
October 16, 2020
Yes I need help doing my check
October 16, 2020
How long after filing and being accepted until we receive our paper check in the mail? Thanks
Devine Love
October 16, 2020
I am one who received a letter in the mail from the IRS. I finally filed online via the Non-filer’s tool in the evening of October 6th. The submission was confirmed as accepted almost immediately via email. I have been checking the Get My Payment tool daily, and until today it was processing. TODAY, it says that my payment is scheduled to be deposited into my account October 21st. I don’t know if it is because of my state, because of the ease of processing me, or because I selected direct deposit; but all of those things considered, it took 10 days to process my application, and will be exactly 2 weeks to deposit payment. I came here days ago in search of some answers, so I wanted to return to hopefully help others. I REALLY HOPE THIS HELPS, at least a bit! Best luck, and be well, All.
October 17, 2020

In reply to by Devine Love

Yeah I did mine 2 weeks ago tomorrow on the non-filers site and I just got the status to be expecting the direct deposit on October 21st but I do believe it can come any day before the 21st also
October 31, 2020

In reply to by Devine Love

Did you receive your deposit? Mine was supposed to be put in my account on October 28th but it is the 31st and it hasn't posted. I have searched for hours and can't find an answer to this question.
e-mail isreal…
October 16, 2020
I received two payment codes and I have not received the card or PayPal or anything and I would like to enquire is there anyone who can relate
Chennetha Mill…
October 16, 2020
Ingot a 1200 stimulus check April 29th, and after the IRS told people to file their dependents! So I went to non filers on May 5th and filed my 3 dependents! Now they're saying that my kids WON'T receive any payments! What is that about??? Why won't they?? And by the way, I didn't file a tax return because I receive SSI! So it looks like something not right!
Dbillyim confu…
October 16, 2020
I filled out and submitted what I feel was the correct form but I can't find anything saying it was reserved should I fill out another one I'd hate to go past deadline date and miss out.
FTC Staff
October 23, 2020

In reply to by Dbillyim confu…

Did you use the "Non-Filers: Enter Payment Information" online system that the IRS provides? If you did, look at the questions and answers on that system for more information. Go to the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Information home page, and click on "FAQ" on the left side of the page. That opens a list of Frequently Asked Questions in a new page. It has questions and answers about using the system.

October 17, 2020
I used the non filers tool April 13th. I completed everything they asked for, even sent me my pin and non filers code. As of today, 10-17, I still get payment status not available. I received one of those letters sent out about filing for stimulus payment. It's been 6 months. I should have heard SOMETHING by now.
October 18, 2020
I entered my information on the non filers tool august 3 and was accepted by the IRS a couple hours afterwards but I havent received anything else since then and get my payment has no status for me. How long till I know something?
October 18, 2020
Even though I submitted me taxes every year I have not received my stimulus check. I've used the were is my stimulus check tool could not find me. I've also called and they confirmed that many tax layers have not received any check. Whom do I talk to get the first check?
October 19, 2020
I filled out the online form around October 10, and got an email saying my info was accepted. I also provided my direct deposit info. When can I expect for the check be deposited?
October 21, 2020
I am a non filer. I filed back in April as a non filer. Received the confirmation email and code within a few minutes. Processed and approved. No emails. No letters. No check. Status still says excepted and approved. It's been 7 months now. The only phone number I can find is useless. They can't tell me anything. Any website I find just takes me back to the e filer page and the status has not changed.
November 17, 2020

In reply to by Knucclz73

I'm going through same I was incarcerated got out in March did Non FIlers. Get my payment status states check will b mailed around may 15 to address on file for me yet no check no letters n can't get through but I did the 3911 form to track payment n faxed to irs gotta wait up to 6 weeks hopefully can figure it out I want my payment been since May....
October 22, 2020
Where can I get a copy of the form to file for stimulas check?
Cant file a return
October 23, 2020
Can someone tell what to do. My girlfriend accidentally?? checked the box on her tax return claiming me as a dependant. What do I do to get my stimulus check
October 24, 2020
Get my payment showed mine to be mailed Oct 2 2020 but found out when my son moved doing his change of address all my mail was sent to his residence now I know he s got my mail and or check due to postmaster in my city acknowledged the fact what do I do now? Who do I call?and how long will it take to recive my check? I gotta move and counted on the money
October 24, 2020
I filled out I thought was the correct form what could I have done wrong
October 24, 2020
Did not do a tax form for 2018 or 2019 what do I need to do?
Yvonne Pitts
October 24, 2020
I need help to get my check
October 25, 2020
I used the non-filers tool two weeks ago after getting the letter in the mail. I've been using the "get my payment" tool but always get the "payment status not available". It looks like I won't be getting one. I don't know why they would reject me, but is there no way to confirm that they did? I gave them all the information they asked for but the answer from "get my payment" doesn't make it clear if I've been rejected or not. How do I find out so I'm not wasting my time expecting something that isn't coming?
November 01, 2020

In reply to by Staggy1720

Same with me I have no clue why I was not excepted
October 25, 2020
If I got my first check but moved how do I get the second sent to my new address
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October 25, 2020
I am still waiting for the first one. I'm a non filer and registered on the IRS website and I dont understand why I havent got one. I am eligible for one?
October 26, 2020
About how long after submiting the non filers form can i expect the payment to be direct deposited into my bank account?
October 27, 2020
My friend, on SSI, did not recieve his stimulus check. He calls each week. Last time he talked to IRS, he was told they ran out of money & had to prioritize who got money. And he and his 66 yr old Dad were left at bottom. Is this true??
FTC Staff
November 02, 2020

In reply to by DONNA B

The real IRS website shows you can still request a stimulus check until November 21 at 3 pm Eastern time. 

The IRS website says if you did not:

  • file a 2019 federal tax return,
  • get an Economic Impact Payment,
  • register for an Economic Impact Payment already

you can use the non-filer tool to enter your information.

Eddie sims
October 28, 2020
I did not file a 2018 or a 2019 tax return I'm trying to file for the non filers and I keep getting stuck when it's time to do the e file signing
November 03, 2020

In reply to by Eddie sims

I had the same issue when I filled it out on my iPhone. It must be filled out on a desktop or lab top computer.
October 28, 2020
I never received a stimulus check and I never file for 2018 and 2019
October 28, 2020
Please help! I filed on the Non-Filers and got accepted on the 3rd and STILL haven't got my first stimulus! I really need it. I checked the payment status and it says not available. I put in my direct deposit information. How long will it take?
October 29, 2020
I didn't get a letter or a 1ststimulus check
Shane long
October 30, 2020
I applied on non filers but did not have direct deposit info will they just send a check to my address
October 31, 2020
Once you file your non-filter after its accepted how long does it normally take to get a payment direct deposit?