Minnesotans who haven't yet received their stimulus check from the federal government now have until Nov. 21 to register for it to still get the money.
According to the Minnesota Department of Revenue, nearly 116,000 Minnesotans may be eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) but haven't yet claimed it.
“The Economic Impact Payments were sent out to try to spur the economy and help Minnesotans during an unprecedented time,” state Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly said in a news release. “We want to make sure that those Minnesotans who may benefit the most from these payments know how to claim them or are connected with groups that can assist them.”
These payments, which is up to $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples, were sent out in the spring, but people who didn't file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 weren't automatically sent a check (or didn't automatically get it deposited into their bank account).
Oftentimes, people who don't typically file taxes are those with low incomes so they aren't required to, and by not claiming the payment from the IRS, they're missing out on a cash boost.
To claim the money, register on the IRS website by Nov. 21. You can do that here, using the non-filers tool.
People who are eligible to receive the money include those who are U.S. citizens or resident aliens, have a work-eligible Social Security number, and can't be claimed as a dependent on someone else's tax returns.
If you need help figuring this out, the Minnesota Department of Revenue suggests contacting one of the following organizations:
- University of Minnesota Law School Low Income Taxpayer Clinic: 612-625-5515 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Low Income Taxpayer Clinic: 612-334-5970
- Prepare + Prosper: 651-287-0187
The IRS on Monday extended the deadline to register to claim the stimulus money to Nov. 21, giving people an extra five weeks (the original deadline was Oct. 15).