Roughly six percent of stimulus payment recipients from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan are still waiting for the third round of direct relief, according to the IRS.
Biden’s rescue package sent eligible Americans $1,400 stimulus payments, plus an additional $1,400 per dependent, after Congress passed $1,200 and $600 payments during former President Donald Trump’s White House term.
There are some people, however, who may be eligible for direct payment but will not receive the money until they file taxes.
“People who don’t normally have an obligation to file a tax return and don’t receive federal benefits may qualify for these Economic Impact Payments,” the IRS stated in a press release.
That could be homeless individuals, along with people who didn’t get the first or second round of direct relief and could qualify for the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit. But to get the $1,400 check, they must file a 2020 tax return.
“Individuals who didn’t get a first or second round Economic Impact Payment or got less than the full amounts may be eligible for the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit, but they’ll need to file a 2020 tax return,” the agency noted.
The IRS noted that “free tax preparation” is available for eligible filers.
Those who qualified for Biden’s stimulus payment include single filers earning up to $75,000, and joint filers making up to $150,000. Individual filers earning up to $80,000 and joint filers making up to $160,000 will receive smaller amounts. Eligibility is based on the most recent tax return and adjusted gross income.
Biden’s relief bill also widened the eligibility pool for dependents, allowing dependents over the age of 16 to qualify. Those under the age of 19, under the age of 24 and are students, or those who are permanently and totally disabled qualify as a child for the additional tax relief. The change in eligibility made 13.5 million more people able to receive the stimulus checks.
And parents with children between the ages of 6 and 17 qualify for $3,000 per child from the president’s enhanced child tax credit, and those with children under the age of 6 qualify for $3,600 per child, based on certain income thresholds.
Those who still haven’t received their stimulus payment and filed a tax return this year should check the agency’s Get My Payment tool, the IRS said.
Rachel Bucchino is a reporter at the National Interest. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and The Hill.