IRS warns millions of low-income people they’re missing Covid-era payments

“We don’t want people to overlook these tax credits, and the letters will remind people of their potential eligibility and the steps they can take,” IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said in a statement.

People can potentially receive five-figure payments if they didn’t apply for last year’s expanded child credit, worth up to $3,600 per child; stimulus payments of $1,400 per person; an expanded child and dependent care credit of up to $8,000; as well as an enhanced earned income tax credit.

Low Income Advocates tried to spread the word, although people with little or no income may be difficult to reach. Many are unfamiliar with dealing with the tax system because they earn so little that they are exempt from filing requirements and may be intimidated by the prospect of filing a return.

The Biden administration was forced to suspend a special tool for non-filers during tax season due to technical issues, and the total amount of money available has at times been eclipsed by political fights in Congress over the fate of the Democrats’ Child Credit expansion.


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