If you do not usually file a tax return or do not file a return for 2018 or 2019, you may not know that you may be eligible for a financial impact payment. You Power Be one of the nine million people who receive a letter from the IRS informing you how to register on their website to claim your payment.
The new deadline for submission is November 21, 2020.
If you receive this letter from the IRS, it is legitimate. Go only to the IRS Web site at IRS.gov/EIP, or call them directly at 800-919-9835 to sign up to claim your payment. You just have to November 21st.
But if any claims to be from the IRS calls, emails or text messages to help you get your incentive payment, that person is running a state fraudster on you. Do not hang up or reply to or click on any links in texts or emails.
Why? Because the IRS will not send, email or call you about your financial impact payment. And they will never ask you to pay a fee to get your money.
Visit the IRS website to find out more about incentive payments. And be sure to tell the FTC if anyone pretending to be from the government contacts you.
Lisa Lake is a Consumer Education Specialist at the Federal Trade Commission.
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