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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman TJ Cox (CA-21)

Last week, Rep. TJ Cox (CA-21) sent a letter with 32 other Members of Congress demanding that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) alert the non-tax filers of its new Economic Impact Payment (EIP) registration deadline of November 21, 2020. The IRS recently sent direct letters to non-filers concerning the original deadline of October 15, 2020, yet the agency has no plans to contact non-filers and notify them of its new deadline. The letter also calls on the IRS to expand its outreach efforts and do “everything in its power” to ensure this assistance is received. 

The IRS’s outreach failure affects nearly nine million non-filers, the majority of whom are very low-income, who have not yet received their $1,200 EIP. Non-filers must submit information to the IRS in order to receive their payment.  

“As part of the CARES Act, Congress included a $1200 Economic Impact Payment for most Americans to help weather this pandemic, but millions are still waiting to receive the payment they qualify for. It is imperative that the IRS make every effort to ensure that those who need the EIP most know exactly when and how to sign up for and receive their benefits,” said Rep. Cox.  

The Members wrote: 

“The IRS should be doing everything in its power to ensure that all Americans, and particularly those with the lowest incomes, receive their EIPs. Thus far, the IRS has stated that it will not directly alert non-filers of its new EIP registration deadline… This unfortunately follows a troubling pattern at the IRS of inadequate and failed outreach efforts to low-income Americans concerning their EIPs.” 

The letter was signed by Reps. Steve Cohen (TN-9), Cindy Axne (IA-3), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), André Carson (IN-7), Ed Case (HI-1), Katherine Clark (MA-5), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Jim Cooper (TN-5), Dwight Evans (PA-3), Bill Foster (IL-11), Jesús G. García (IL-4), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Alcee Hastings (FL-20), Jahana Hayes (CT-5), Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), Barbara Lee (CA-13), James McGovern (MA-2), Gwen Moore (WI-4), Joseph Morelle (NY-25), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-1), Jamie Raskin (MD-8), Bobby Rush (IL-1), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-5), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Greg Stanton (AZ-9), David Trone (MD-6), Nydia Velázquez (NY-7), and Peter Welch (VT-AL).  

See the entire letter here.