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Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP)                                  

Want to improve the IRS?¨SPEAK UP

By Andrea Price, TAP member representing Ohio
Guest Column

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is comprised of civic-minded citizen volunteers from all walks of life representing each state, D.C., Puerto Rico and an international member (citizens living, working or doing business abroad). TAP is a Federal Advisory Committee whose mission is to listen to taxpayers, identify taxpayers’ issues and make suggestions for improving the IRS service and customer satisfaction.

Everyone has something to say about taxes and the IRS. Please take a moment to give us your suggestions for TAP to consider by contacting one of the following:

TAP Ohio member: tapohioandreaprice@gmail.com

Call Toll-free at:1-888-912-1227

Website: www.improveirs.org

Taxpayer Advocate Service Tax Tip: Taxpayers not normally required to file should register for an Economic Impact Payment by November 21, 2020.

Taxpayers who normally are not required to file a federal tax return have more time to claim the Economic Impact Payment (EIP) this year. Taxpayers with incomes below $24,400 for married couples, and $12,200 for single individuals who cannot be claimed as a dependent by someone else, do not typically have a filing requirement. For more details about filing requirements in general, see Table 1-1 in IRS Publication 17.

Anyone who is not required to file a federal tax return but is eligible for an EIP, did not already register for an EIP, and did not already receive an EIP, must go to irs.gov and use the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool to claim a payment by 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) on November 21. The IRS cannot issue EIPs after December 31, 2020. Using the tool and requesting direct deposit is recommended, so the IRS has time to process the information and issue EIPs to eligible taxpayers prior to that date.

The extended claim date also applies to:

·         Social Security, Railroad Retirement and Department of Veteran Affairs benefit recipients, who already received a $1,200 payment, but who wish to register for a payment for their spouse or qualifying child.

·         Incarcerated individuals –for the most up to date information about incarcerated individuals and EIP claim options. Anyone using the Non-Filers tool can speed up the arrival of their payment by choosing to receive it by direct deposit. Those not choosing this option will get a check.

If you miss this deadline, you will need to wait until next year and claim the payment as a credit (known as the Recovery Rebate Credit) by filing a 2020 tax return.

Available Help Options: Low Income Taxpayer Clinics

Some Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) may be able to help individuals whose household income does not exceed 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines with completing the IRS Non-Filers tool or filing a 2019 tax return in order to claim the EIP.

These LITCs have stepped forward to provide assistance to eligible taxpayers for claiming the EIP, subject to availability of services. Some LITCs serve only specific geographic areas, so it is recommended that taxpayers contact an LITC near them, when possible.



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Revised: 11/19/20 09:04:35 -0500.

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