July 11, 2021 - Douglas Myser

IRS online tool for low income families. The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have a new online Non-filer tool sign up tool designed to help eligible families who don't normally file tax returns register for the monthly Advance Child Tax Credit payments scheduled to begin July 15. This tool, an update of last year's IRS Non-filers tool, is also designed to help eligible individuals who don't normally file income tax returns register for the $1400 third round of economic impact payments and claim the Recovery Rebate Credit for any amount of the first two rounds of Economic Impact Payments they may have missed. IRS online tool for low income families.

Developed in partnership with intuit and delivered through the Free File Alliance, this tool provides a free and easy way for eligible people who don't make enough income to have an income tax return filing obligation to provide the IRS the basic information needed--name, address, and Social Security numbers, to figure and issue their Advance Child Tax Credit payments. Often, these are individuals and families who receive little or no income, including those experiencing homelessness and other underserved groups. This new tool is available only on IRS.GOV

The Non-filer sign up tool is for people who did not file a tax return for 2019 or 2020 and who did not use the IRS Non-filers tool last year to register for Economic Impact Payments. The tool enables them to provide required information about themselves, their qualifying children age 17 and under, their other dependents, and their direct deposit bank information so the IRS can quickly and easily deposit the payments directly into their checking or savings account.

The IRS urges everyone to be on the lookout for scams related to both Advance Child Tax Credit payments and Economic Impact Payments. The IRS emphasized that the only way to get either of these benefits is by either filing a tax return with the IRS or registering online through the Non-filer sign up tool.