Claim Your IRS Stimulus Check

By Kris McDowell

The IRS is urging the nearly nine million people in the US (131,647 in Oregon) who have not yet received their $1,200 stimulus check to claim it by Thursday, October 15.

Letters were mailed mid-September to people who haven’t filed a tax return for either 2018 or 2019 and are the final stage of the IRS’s outreach and public awareness campaign.

Some people may not realize they can claim this stimulus money while others may not understand how to request it. People in this group may not typically file a federal income tax return, may not have earned any income or may not have filed taxes in years.

Most eligible taxpayers automatically received their $1,200 Economic Impact Payment in April. For people who had already filed their 2019 tax returns, the IRS used that information to calculate the payment amount and deposited the funds directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed.

The guidelines for the Economic Impact Payment allowed tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns to receive the full payment.

For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount was reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000 or $150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children were not eligible.

If you have not received your stimulus check, you need to provide the following information to the IRS: full name, current mailing address and an email address; date of birth and valid Social Security number; bank account number, type and routing number.

If you have one, include your Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) you received from the IRS earlier this year; driver’s license or state-issued ID.

People with qualifying children need to provide the child’s name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to you or your spouse.

Go to and click on Get My Economic Impact Payment to get started. The site includes a FAQ section that addresses payment status, missing payments and more.

Claim Your IRS Stimulus Check

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