People experiencing homelessness may be eligible for a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment and $500 for each qualifying child under age 17. To get this payment, they must register with the IRS by Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

If someone’s income is below $12,200, or $24,400 if they’re married, they probably don’t file a tax return. That means the IRS may not have enough information to issue their payment.

To get an Economic Impact Payment this year, these individuals need to register by Nov. 21. They do this by using the free Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool. It’s available in English and Spanish.

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People who don’t normally file a tax return may be eligible for an EIP if they:

  • Are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or qualifying resident alien
  • Have a work-eligible Social Security number
  • Cannot be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer

    To use the tool, a person needs

  • Name, as it appears on Social Security card, for self and spouse, if they are eligible  
  • A work-eligible SSN for self and spouse, if they are eligible  
  • For each qualifying child, name, relationship and SSN or Adoption Tax Identification Number
  • An email address to help create an account to use the Non-Filers tool
  • A mailing address where they can receive the payment and a confirmation letter, which the IRS will mail within 15 days after issuing their payment
  • Banking information, including routing and account numbers, if they want their payment by direct deposit
  • An Identity Protection Personal Identification Number, if the IRS sent one in the past. If a person lost it, they can use the Get an IP PIN tool at to retrieve their number

    The Non-Filers tool asks for a user’s license or state ID number to digitally sign the document. There are other ways to do this, so an ID is optional in the tool.

    If someone wants their payment by direct deposit but doesn’t have a bank account, they can visit the FDIC website for help. The IRS will mail a payment to anyone who doesn’t give direct deposit information.

    Other key points about Economic Impact Payments

More information:

Economic Impact Payment eligibility FAQs

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