Self-supporting students must claim their coronavirus relief package check: IRS

The uncertainty over the next stimulus package continues on. In the meantime, the IRS wants to make sure that those who haven’t yet claimed their first stimulus check do so before the deadline. For the same, the agency has been sending out reminders from time to time, and its most recent reminder for the coronavirus relief package checks is for self-supporting college students.

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Coronavirus relief package check: self-supporting students need to act quickly

The IRS deadline (Nov. 21) to claim the stimulus checks is approaching quickly, and that is why the agency wants those who haven’t yet claimed their payment to do so now. In its latest reminder, the agency calls on the self-supporting college students who don’t need to file a tax return, to claim their payment quickly.

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“College students in particular should be careful not to overlook these payments if they’re supporting themselves and can’t be claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement. “A few minutes of research could really help students.”

Such students, who don’t file income tax returns, need to register with the IRS using its Non-Filers tool to claim their stimulus check. To get their checks faster, they should select the direct deposit option. If not, the IRS will mail them the checks.

Since the approval of the CARES Act in March, more than 8 million people have used the non-filer tool to claim their stimulus check. The IRS’ non-filer tool is generally for those who don’t file an income tax return.

So, if you have yet to claim your stimulus check, then you need to hurry up. The IRS is unlikely to extend the deadline further. It already extended the deadline once from Oct. 15 to Nov. 21. The IRS also extended the deadline from Sept. 30 to Nov. 21 for those who haven’t yet received the $500 dependent payment.

IRS sending regular reminders for non-filers

About 9 million people haven’t yet claimed their stimulus checks. Over the past couple of months, the IRS has tried to contact these people through different means, such as sending emails, letters, getting help from non-profit groups and more.

The 9 million include people who don’t usually file tax returns, such as senior citizens, low-income households (less than $12,200 for singles and 24,400 for married couples) and college students, who are not claimed as dependents by their parents.

These people didn’t get the check so far because the IRS lacks information on them. The agency relies on information, such as banking details for direct deposit or home addresses for paper checks, in the tax returns to issue the checks. Since those 9 million don’t file tax returns, the agency doesn’t have information on them.

Along with reminding people of the deadline, the agency is also warning people to stay away from any stimulus checks scams. Several scams have surfaced lately tricking people into sharing their personal and financial details.