- IRS and community partners team up to provide free tax help for families to get advance Child Tax Credit payments and Economic Impact Payments
IR-2021-132, June 23, 2021
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is partnering with non-profit organizations, churches, community groups and others in 12 cities to help eligible families, particularly those who normally do not file a federal tax return, file a 2020 income tax return or register for the monthly Advance Child Tax Credit (AdvCTC) payments using the new Non-filer Sign-up Tool.
This 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 (also known as stimulus checks) and claim the Recovery Rebate Credit for any amount of the first two rounds of Economic Impact Payments they may have missed. Individuals do not need to have children in order to attend these events and sign up for Economic Impact Payments.
The special events PDF by IRS and partner groups to help people quickly file income tax returns and register for the advance payments will 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.
“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,” said IRS Wage & Investment Commissioner Ken Corbin, who also serves as the agency’s Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer. “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.”
People can check their eligibility for the AdvCTC payments by using the new Advance Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant.
To make the sign-up process go quickly and smoothly, people are encouraged to have the following information when they come to one of these events:
- Social Security numbers for their children,
- Social Security numbers or Tax Identification Numbers for themselves and their spouse,
- a reliable mailing address,
- an email address, and
- their bank account information if they want to receive their payment by direct deposit.
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2. IRS launches new online tools to help families manage Advance Child Tax Credit payments
Inform your clients that the IRS has launched two new online tools designed to help families manage and monitor the advance monthly payments of Child Tax Credits. These two tools – the Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant and the Child Tax Credit Update Portal – complement the Non-filer Sign-up Tool, which helps families not normally required to file an income tax return to quickly register for the Child Tax Credit.