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Tax Returns during COVID-19 - Be Aware!

Very important while under financial pressure: Do not just eFile a quick simple, non-filer or stimulus return under the false impression that you will get your stimulus check payment faster, when in fact you need to file a full 2019 tax return because you have W-2, 1099, or other types of income. If you eFile a simple return first, you will then have to  amend that return later with your income information etc. by mailing in a paper-based tax return and amendment form, as tax amendments can not be eFiled anywhere. More Details.

Update As of August 19, 2020

The IRS has stated that as of 8/19/2020 most people have received their Economic Impact or stimulus Payment. This includes eligible taxpayers who filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return and those who usually do not have to file but receive Social Security, SSI, RRB or VA benefits. If you are in this category and have not yet received your payment, you can use the IRS's Get My Payment tool to check on your payment status.

Click and find out now if you have to file a regular 2019 tax return. If you have to file a regular return, do NOT FILE A SIMPLE RETURN AT ALL, as it will not get you the Economic Impact Payment or Stimulus Check faster, plus you can then no longer eFile a regular return after your simple return has been accepted. If you owe Taxes, prepare and eFile a regular return now and pay as soon as possible.

Attention: Important Stimulus Payment related information:

  • Once you have filed your regular return or simple, stimulus, or non-filers return, check the status of your stimulus payment now: Where Is My Stimulus Check or Bank Deposit?
  • If you need to change your mailing address with the IRS, complete Form 8822 and mail it in to the IRS; it might take 6 weeks to be registered with the IRS.
COVID-19 Taxes and Stimulus

Use the free COVIDucator to get personal results on what the amount of your stimulus check will be. 

1. On April 2, 2020 the U.S. Treasury announced that Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return and did not file in 2018 or 2019, do not to need take action or need to file a 2018 or 2019 tax return, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account.

2. Individuals who are not typically required to file and do not receive Social Security benefits but have low or no income or supplemental Social Security income can now prepare and eFile a Simple Tax return for free here on eFile.com to in order to be on file with the IRS for the stimulus check payment. Instructions on how to prepare and eFile a Simple Tax Return.

COVID-19, Taxes, Deadlines and Stimulus Money
2020 IRS Income Tax Return Due Date?
The Federal or IRS 2019 Income Tax Return Due Date is October 15, 2020
Can everybody file later?
The deadline to file your 2019 return and pay your taxes has passed. Any taxpayer (individual, a trust, an estate, a corporation, or any type of unincorporated business entity) can still efile their 2019 return by October 15, 2020 and pay your taxes as soon as you can.
Have the 2019 State Income Tax Return deadlines changed?
Some states did adjust their deadlines to July 15, 2020, however this has now passed. Please select your particular state(s) here and check frequently on update changes at the top of each state page.
Do I have to be ill, self isolated, or impacted by COVID-19 to qualify to postpone filing or paying taxes by July 15, 2020?
The date has now passed.
Which 2019 Tax Year IRS Forms can now be filed by October 15, 2020?
2019 Tax Forms: 1040, 1040-SR, 1040-NR, 1040-NR-EZ, 1040-PR, 1040-SS, 1041, 1041-N, 1041-QFT, 8960, 8991, 1120, 1120-C, 1120-F, 1120-FSC, 1120-H, 1120-L, 1120-ND, 1120-PC, 1120-POL, 1120-REIT, 1120-RIC, and 1120-SF.
What are the new Form 1040-ES 2020 payment deadlines?
1. Payment: June 15, 2020, 2. Payment: July 15, 2020, 3. Payment: September 15, 2020, 4. Payment: January 15, 2021 (If you file your 2020 Tax Return by February 1, 2021, you can pay by that date instead of Jan. 15, 2021).
What if I can't file by July 15, 2020?
What if I did not pay my Taxes by July 15, 2020?
Consider these tax payment options. But do not delay to file a return, as late filing penalties are higher than late payment penalties.
What if I already filed my 2019 IRS Return, but have not paid my Taxes?
Pay as soon as you can in order to to avoid interest and late payment penalties. On Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR, the tax payment amount is on line 23; on Form 1040-NR on line 75; on Form 1120 on line 35. Only after July 15, 2020 will you face late payment penalties and interest charges on any amount remaining unpaid by that date.
What if I already filed my 2019 IRS Return and scheduled my IRS Tax payments to be paid by April 15, 2020, can I change to July 15, 2020?
1. Your scheduled April 15, 2020 IRS tax payment will not be automatically rescheduled to July 15.
2. If you scheduled a payment via an authorized electronic funds withdrawal, you may cancel or revoke your scheduled tax payment(s) by contacting the U.S. Treasury Financial Agent at: 888-353-4537. Note: You must call to make a payment cancellation or change request no later than 11:59 p.m. EST two business days prior to the scheduled payment date.
3. Credit card or debit card payments can be canceled by contacting your card processor to cancel the card payment.
4. Scheduled tax payments via the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System - EFTPS - sign into EFTPS and click on payments from the home page, then click cancel a tax payment - at least two business days before the scheduled payment date - from the left menu and follow the instructions.
5. For payments scheduled through IRS Direct Pay, use your confirmation number from the payment to access the look up a payment feature. Then you can modify or cancel a scheduled payment at least two business days before the scheduled payment date(s). The email notification you received when you scheduled the payment will contain the confirmation number.
Change in Payments based on Existing Installment Agreements?
Yes, payments due between April 1 and July 15, 2020 are suspended and the agreement will not default as a result; interest will continue to accrue on any unpaid installment balances.
Will the 2019 IRA contribution deadline change?
Yes, from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.
Will the 2019 HSA or Archer MSA contribution deadline change?
Yes, from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.
Earned Income Tax Credit - EITC - and Wage Verification Reviews Deadline
In order to receive the EITC Credit, taxpayers have until July 15, 2020, to verify that they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit or to verify their income. If not completed by July 15, 2020, taxpayers might no longer qualify for the EITC.
Has the tax return filing deadline to claim 2016 Tax Year tax refunds been changed from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020?
No, only deadlines regarding 2019 tax returns changed. Thus, 2016 Tax Year related deadlines have not changed.
Businesses or other entities with a May 15 or June 15 deadline, can they now file by July 15, 2020?
No, only if the deadline was originally on April 15, 2020.
Is Payroll or Excise Tax affected?
No, normal filing, payment, and deposit due dates have not changed.
Did the deadline for information returns change?
No.
Stimulus Check COVID-19, CARES ACT, Economic Impact Payment, Congressional Recovery Money
Monitor your Stimulus Payment
Where Is your Stimulus Payment? Bank Deposit or Pre-Paid Card.
Call the IRS about the Status of your Economic Impact or Stimulus Payment
1.800.919.9835
What will your Stimulus Check be?  Use the COVIDucator to find out.
1. If your 2018 or 2019 Tax Return Filing Status was/is Single and your AGI or Adjusted Gross Income was below $75,000: $1,200. For every $100 in AGI above $75,000, the payment reduces by $5.00 up to a max. AGI of $99,000. You can not be a dependent of another taxpayer's return. Americans with very low 2019 AGI or Adjusted Gross income are encouraged to file a 2019 tax return to also take advantage of the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit and the COVID-19 Recovery Rebate.
2. Married couples with an AGI below $150,000 would receive $2,400. After that, payments will reduce up to a maximum AGI of $198,000. You can not be a dependent of another taxpayer's return.
Married couples will also receive $500 per child under age 17.
3. The Head of Household filing status or single parents with children with an AGI below $112,500: $1,200. After that, payments will reduce up to a max. AGI of $136,500.
Head of Household will receive $500 per child under age 17.

Calculate your COVID-19 Stimulus Payment Amount
4. If you had no or little income during 2019 and you would normally not file a return, - please find more information below including Social Security Income recipients - follow these instructions on how to file a simple return to receive the stimulus check payment: Instructions here on how to prepare and eFile a stimulus payment based simple return

How do I report my new Address to the IRS?
If your address has changed and it's different than what is on your latest IRS Tax Return Submit Form 8822 to the IRS. Start and Complete Form 8822 Now. The Form 8822 will load into the Comoe PDF Editor and you can complete, sign and download the PDF form there. The mailing addresses are on page 2.
How do I know which child qualifies for this payment?
Generally, if your child qualified for the Child Tax Credit you will qualify for the child recovery rebate payment. Plus, your child must be a dependent on your tax return and be under the age of 17. Other dependents but children do not qualify for the COVID-19 stimulus payment.
Where is my AGI?
1. Qualifying Adjusted Gross Income or AGI levels will be based on 2019 IRS Tax Returns due on July 15, 2020
2. Or the AGI will be based on the 2018 IRS tax return.
How will I receive the Stimulus Money from the IRS or Government?
1. The IRS will send your money to the direct bank deposit account you entered on your 2019 Tax Return due by July 15, 2020.
2. If you did not enter direct bank deposit information, the IRS will mail you a free, prepaid debit card instead of a paper check. Please note that these will arrive in a plain envelope from Money Network Cardholder Services. The Visa name will be on the front, and the issuing bank, MetaBank, N.A., will be on the back of the card. The card will include information stating that it is the Economic Impact Payment (EIP) Card.
3. If you had selected to pay your tax preparation fees via your tax refund e.g. e-Collect etc., and direct bank deposit for your tax refund, the Treasury will transmit stimulus money via direct bank deposit to your personal bank account. E-Collect will not be involved in these direct deposits from the IRS. If you used e-Collect and for any reason your refund was sent to you via check in the mail (an incorrect routing or bank account was given), then this will be the method that you will receive your stimulus check from the IRS. If you used e-Collect and received your refund via a Bank Card then you will get your stimulus money via a check from the IRS.
4. A 2019 IRS Tax Return Extension will not be sufficient nor will it count as a completed and IRS accepted 2019 Tax Return in regards to stimulus payment consideration or requirement.
5. If you have not yet filed a 2019 tax return, the IRS will look at the information on your 2018 tax return and either transfer to your bank account or mail a check to your address on the return.
What if the IRS does not have my latest direct deposit bank information on record?
The IRS together with the Dept.of Treasury have the Get My Payment tool available so taxpayers can provide their direct banking information to receive the COVID-19 Stimulus electronically versus by check in the mail.
What if owe back taxes or past due debt to a federal or state agency? What if I owe past due child support payments will I get the recovery rebate?
Yes, nearly all administrative offsets will be turned off that generally might reduce IRS or state tax refunds for taxpayers with past tax debts, or who are behind on other payments to federal or state governments, including student loan payments. Exception: Past due child support payments that states have reported to the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS will be offset.
I am a college student, can I expect stimulus money?
Only if you are not considered a dependent of your parents on their 2018 or 2019 tax return. In general, if you are a full-time college student 24 or younger and your parent(s) provide more than half of your support you are considered a dependent.
By when can I expect the CARES ACT Money?
The Treasury set a goal of processing the first payments in the week of April 6, 2020. We do not know how realistic this is.
Track the status of your COVID-19 stimulus payment?
What if I have very little to no income or I am on means-tested federal benefits like supplemental Social Security Income, will I get this stimulus money?
Yes, individuals with low or no income or supplemental Social Security income can now prepare and eFile a Simple Tax return for free here on eFile.com to in order to be on file with the IRS for the stimulus check payment. Start A Simple Tax Return Now.
Will I have to apply or file A Tax Return to get the CARES ACT Stimulus Money?
You do not have to apply, however you must have either a 2018 or 2019 IRS Income Tax Return on record with the IRS. Whether you will be eligible for the Stimulus Check Money, or your actual amount of your Stimulus Check, will depend on your Adjusted Gross Income or AGI. We do not know which return will be considered, the one with the lower or higher AGI or the most recent return over prior returns. If your 2019 AGI or Adjusted Gross income was very low, you are encouraged to file a 2019 tax return for free here on eFile.com even if you don't owe taxes to also take advantage of the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit - EITC - and Child Tax Credit and the COVID-19 Stimulus Check.
Will I get taxed in 2021 on the the Stimulus money?
Generally, your Stimulus Check CARES ACT money is not taxable and is treated like other refundable tax credits e.g. EITC or child tax credit. In addition, if the tax credit amount you qualify based on 2020 AGI is less than what you qualify for based on your 2019 tax return, it does not have to be paid back. On the other hand, if a taxpayer's 2020 AGI is substantially higher than the 2018 or 2019 AGI, the taxpayer might have to pay back some or all of the money after April 15, 2021. This pay back might only apply to a very small number of taxpayers.
What if I only receive Social Security Income and as a result have not filed in years? Or, I am a veteran with only veterans’ disability payment.
On April 2, 2020 the US Treasury announced that Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return and did not file in 2018 or 2019 do not to need take an action nor need to file a 2018 or 2019 tax return, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account. The IRS will use the information from your Form SSA-1099 or Form RRB-1099 to generate the payment, which will either be directly deposited into your bank account or sent to you via check in the mail. This includes senior citizens, Social Security recipients or SSI incl. people on SSDI and railroad retirees who are not otherwise required to file a tax return. Since the IRS does not have dependent information for this group of recipients, each person would receive $1,200 per person, without the additional amount for any dependents at this time.  More details on Social Security income and tax returns.

Individuals with low or no income or supplemental Social Security income can now prepare and eFile a Simple Tax return for free here on eFile.com to in order to be on file with the IRS for the stimulus check payment. Start A Simple Tax Return Now.

As reported by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), almost half a million taxpayers did not receive their full payment due to complications over distributing the correct funds to non-filers with dependents. The IRS is working on adjusting amounts for those that received incorrect amounts to make sure they receive what is entitled to them. If you generally do not have to file an IRS Income Tax Return, but you filed a Simple or Stimulus Tax Return in 2020 for Tax Year 2019 as a Non-Filer or Social Security Income Recipient and did not claim a qualifying dependent (or you did for other reasons, but did not receive the stimulus payment amount you think you were entitled to), you might have to file another tax return in 2021 for Tax Year 2020 in order to claim this dependent and/or adjust your 2020 Stimulus Payment. All other taxpayers who generally file tax returns and their stimulus payments did not reflect dependents or other information in the payment amounts can adjust this with their 2020 Tax Returns due on tax deadline April 15, 2021. If your simple return has been accepted and you want to make a change to this simple return, please prepare a tax amendment now. If the IRS does not accept this amendment, file a 2020 Tax Return here on eFile.com in 2021. Tip: Add a letter and explain why you are filing this amendment. In the Explanation part of the amendment, report that you mistakenly did not include dependents on your filed return. For more questions about your stimulus payment amount, call the IRS for the status of your Economic Impact or Stimulus Payment at 1-800-919-9835.
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