A crucial deadline for claiming the extended child tax credit was November 15. Now, a similar deadline for claiming a missing coronavirus stimulus check or child discount expires today. Like the earlier deadline, this deadline is also for using an online simplified federal tax filing tool.
Claim missing Coronavirus Stimulus Check and CTC for free
The latest round of coronavirus stimulus checks, officially called Economic Impact Payments, began in March 2021. While most of the checks have already been delivered, some eligible recipients haven’t even claimed it, or for the expanded child tax credit.
These people are usually the ones who don’t have to file taxes due to low income. Such people were allowed to claim the stimulus money as a Recovery Rebate Credit, but they are required to file the 2021 tax return.
In October, the IRS reported that there are about 9 million people who have not yet claimed the stimulus money. The agency has made available a simplified online tool to help such people file their tax returns with ease. However, the deadline for claiming a missing coronavirus stimulus check and child tax credit using this IRS tool ends on November 17.
Earlier this week, the agency issued a reminder that the free IRS file will remain open until Nov. 17 (11:59 p.m. ET).
“The IRS today reminded those who are due to file their 2021 tax returns that the free IRS file will remain open until November 17 and may assist those who qualify to claim the child tax credit, the refund credit or the earned income tax credit,” said a press release from the tax authorities.
How to Claim Stimulus Money Using the Free IRS File
The IRS’s online tool is sponsored by the Free File Alliance, a partnership between the IRS and the tax software industry. The tool offers taxpayers two ways to prepare and file their 2021 tax returns for free:
IRS Affiliate Sites – this is for individual taxpayers with AGI (adjusted gross income) of $73,000 or less. Such taxpayers are given “options for online tax preparation and filing on IRS partner sites.” Also, taxpayers are eligible for offers from IRS Free File partners. To file the return, taxpayers must visit the site and select the appropriate options.
Free fillable forms – this is for taxpayers with an AGI over $73,000. Such taxpayers are given the Free Fillable Forms option, where they are provided with electronic federal tax forms that they can fill out online for free. However, to take advantage of this opportunity, taxpayers must know how to prepare their own tax returns.
On November 15, a similar online tool, GetCTC.org, also went offline. Developed by Code for America, a non-profit organization, in partnership with the White House and the U.S. Treasury Department, GetCTC was a simplified tool to help low-income families claim the stimulus check and extended child tax credit.
This article originally appeared on ValueWalk