The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced it is partnering with non-profit organizations, churches, community groups and others in 12 cities to help eligible families file a 2020 income tax return or register for the monthly Advance Child Tax Credit payments using a new online tool.
The tool, an update of last year’s IRS Non-Filers tool, is also designed to help eligible individuals who don’t normally file tax returns register for the $1,400 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.
In addition, a special events PDF to help people quickly file income tax returns and register for the advance payments will now take place over two weekends, June 25-26 and July 9-10, 2021.
Events will be held in Atlanta; New York; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; Miami; Milwaukee; Philadelphia; Phoenix; St. Louis; and Washington, DC.
People can now check their eligibility for the AdvCTC payments by using the new Advance Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant.
As part of a wider effort to raise awareness of the expanded Child Tax Credit, the IRS has also encouraged its partners to use available online tools and toolkits to help non-filers, low-income families and other underserved groups sign up to receive the AdvCTC.
Some tax credits, such as the Child Tax Credit (CTC), are refundable, meaning that even if taxpayers don’t owe income tax, the IRS will issue them a refund if they’re eligible; but they must file a tax return or register with the new Non-filer Sign-up Tool to receive it.
IRS Wage and Investment commissioner, Ken Corbin, said: “This important new tax change affects millions of families across the nation, and the IRS wants to do everything it can to help people get the payments.
“Many people miss out on tax benefits simply because they don’t file a tax return. Our work in these cities is designed to help people receive monthly Advance Child Tax Credit payments and Economic Impact Payments.”