Stimulus Checks: Social Media Explodes After IRS Launches Registration Tool for Coronavirus Payout

Social media is reacting after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched a new web registration tool for the coronavirus stimulus checks. The non-filers tool allows those who did not did not file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return to enter their information to receive their payout. It was launched in partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance.

The IRS notes that those who should use the tool include people who "did not file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return because your gross income was under $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples). This includes people who had no income" and those who "weren't required to file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return for other reasons." It notes that those who receive Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), or survivor benefits and Railroad Retirement and Survivor Benefits do not need to use the tool.

The tool is available on the IRS' website. Those attempting to access it can do so by clicking here. They should then click on the "Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here" section, which will direct them to a portal to enter their information. Those accessing the tool will be asked to provide basic information, such as Social Security number, name, address, and dependents. That information will then be used to calculate the amount of the stimulus check they should receive and then send it.

"People who don't have a return filing obligation can use this tool to give us basic information so they can receive their Economic Impact Payments as soon as possible," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said of the tool, according to Forbes. "The IRS and Free File Alliance have been working around the clock to deliver this new tool to help people."


The non-filers tool is just one of two tools the IRS has prepared to launch for the payouts. The IRS is also set to launch a tool that will allow Americans to track their stimulus checks. Able to be accessed via the same link above, it will require people to enter the following information: their Adjusted Gross Income from their most recent tax return submitted, either 2019 or 2018, the refund or amount owed from their latest filed tax return, and their bank account type, account, and routing numbers. The tool is set to be launched by mid-April.