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IRS: Claim Your $1,200 Stimulus Check By October 15 – Forbes

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Stimulus Checks: IRS Urges Nearly 9 Million People To Sign Up By October 15


The IRS urges you to sign up by October 15 to claim your stimulus check.

Last week, September 17, the IRS issued a news release urging nearly nine million people to sign up to receive the $1,200 stimulus check. This letter, which was recently mailed out, represents the latest attempt by the IRS to reach people who are eligible to receive a $1,200 stimulus check but either don’t realize that they can claim this stimulus check or don’t understand how to go about requesting it.

The IRS is urging you to claim your stimulus check by October 15.

If you don’t typically file a federal income tax return, this message is for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re unemployed. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t earn any income at all. It doesn’t matter if you are homeless, and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t filed taxes for years. What matters is that you may very well be eligible to receive a $1,200 stimulus check, and it is important that you use the IRS Non-Filers tool by October 15 to claim your stimulus check.

Low-income, no-income and/or homeless people are eligible to receive a stimulus check.

Stimulus checks are just sitting there waiting for low-income, no-income, unemployed and those who have become homeless. If this sounds like you or someone you know, the only requirement is that this stimulus money must be claimed. If you haven’t yet received a stimulus check, you should register here now because the deadline is October 15—though the earlier you sign up, the sooner you can get hold of your stimulus monies.

There is absolutely no requirement in the law that you must actually earn an income or pay taxes in order to get a stimulus check. According to the IRS, U.S. citizens, permanent residents and qualifying resident aliens who meet the following guidelines are eligible for a stimulus check.

  1. You have a valid social security number,
  2. You cannot be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and
  3. You have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less if single; $112,500 or less if head of household; $150,000 or less if married filing a joint return.
  4. Reduced payments are available for those who earn more than the above amounts but still earn less than $99,000 per year or less for individuals, $136,500 per year or less for head of household and $198,000 per year or less for married filing jointly.

Use the IRS Non-Filers tool to claim your stimulus check.

The IRS, in partnership with the Free File Alliance, developed this Non-Filers tool to assist those who don’t normally file taxes to claim their stimulus checks. The Non-Filers tool is available in both the English and Spanish languages to help guide people through the process of getting a stimulus check.

People who earned $12,200 or less as an individual aren’t normally required to file taxes. Married couples who earned $24,400 aren’t normally required to file taxes. If this describes you, use the Non-Filers tool to sign up for a stimulus check.

  • Use the Non-Filers tool to register for a stimulus check if you earned $12,200 or less as an individual or $24,400 or less as a married couple.
  • Use the Non-Filers tool to register for a stimulus check even if you didn’t earn any income at all.
  • Use the Non-Filers tool to register for a stimulus check even if you are homeless.
  • Use the Non-Filers tool to get a stimulus check even if you have been unemployed for a long time or have never worked at all.

Don’t use the Non-Filers tool to get a stimulus check if either of these applies.

  • If you haven’t yet received your stimulus check but you’ve already filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, do not use the Non-Filers tool. Instead, use the Get My Payment to check on the status of your stimulus payment.
  • If you’re required to file taxes for 2018 or 2019 but haven’t yet done so, do not use the Non-Filers tool. Instead, go ahead and file your taxes and then the IRS will send you a stimulus check if you are eligible.

The IRS is asking employers and others to help get the word out about these stimulus checks.

If you are an employer, a community leader or simply an interested party and you can share this message, do so. Specifically, employers and colleagues should help to spread this message to your low-income earners, essential workers or others who’ve been unemployed where you believe the person may have earned less than $12,200 as an individual or $24,400 as a married couple.

As part of IRS extensive outreach and education efforts regarding stimulus checks, Commissioner Chuck Rettig stated that, “IRS employees worked around the clock to deliver the Economic Impact Payments and new tools to help taxpayers in record time.” He also said that, “Even with these unprecedented steps, there remain people eligible for these payments who need to take action. Registering to receive the payments is easy, and millions of non-filers have already taken this step. We urge everyone to share this information widely to help more people receive these payments.”

Given this, community leaders and employers in underserved or disadvantaged areas can—and should—step up and help in this effort to inform more low-income, no-income, homeless or otherwise disadvantaged individuals about using this Non-Filers tool to claim their stimulus checks.

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China lays claim to Galwan Valley, blames India for border clash – Al Jazeera English

China says the Galwan Valley where Chinese and Indian troops were engaged in a deadly clash falls entirely within its territory, as Beijing blamed New Delhi for the June 15 military clash at the border that left 20 Indian soldiers dead.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a statement on Friday that the Galwan Valley, which is part of the disputed Ladakh region, is located on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) – the de facto border between the two Asian rivals.


Zhao accused India of violating the agreement the two countries had reached on June 6 regarding the LAC, calling it a “deliberate provocation” on New Delhi’s part.

He said that “the rights and wrongs … are very clear and the responsibility rests entirely with the Indian side”.

In a series of tweets, Zhao said that Indians had since April unilaterally built roads, bridges and other facilities in the region.

The statement contradicts Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar who had earlier said that the fighting erupted after “the Chinese side sought to erect a structure in Galwan valley on our side of the LAC”.

PM has surrendered Indian territory to Chinese aggression.

If the land was Chinese:

1. Why were our soldiers killed?

2. Where were they killed?

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 20, 2020

Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball standoff at several points on their 3,500km (2,200-mile) border, most of which remains undemarcated, since early May.

On June 15, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in physical fights with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley close to the disputed Aksai Chin plateau claimed by India.

Soldiers brawled with clubs, rocks and their fists in the thin air at 4,270 metres (14,000 feet) above sea level, but no shots were fired, Indian officials have said. The soldiers carry firearms but are not allowed to use them under a previous agreement in the border dispute.

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It was the deadliest clash between the nuclear-armed neighbours in decades, although China has not said whether it suffered any casualties.

According to Zhao, the fight was instigated by Indian front-line soldiers, who “violently attacked” Chinese troops who were in the area for negotiation.

“The adventurous acts of the Indian army have seriously undermined the stability of the border areas, threatened the lives of Chinese personnel, violated the agreements reached between the two countries on the border issue and breached the basic norms governing international relations,” China’s embassy in India said in a statement on Saturday.

Also on Friday, Zhao said China was not holding any Indian soldiers in the Himalayan border standoff between the two countries, but has not directly addressed media reports that China released 10 of them late on Thursday.

“My information is that at present there are no Indian personnel detained on the Chinese side,” Zhao said, according to an English version of his daily briefing posted on the ministry’s website.

Indian officials have denied that any soldiers were in Chinese custody.

A satellite image taken over Galwan Valley in Ladakh, India, parts of which are contested with China, June 16, 2src2src, in this handout obtained from Planet Labs Inc. Picture taken June 16, 2src2src. Mandato

A satellite image shows Galwan Valley in the disputed Ladakh region [Planet Labs Inc/Reuters]

Commenting on China’s claim to the Galwan Valley, India’s foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said on Saturday “attempts by the Chinese side to now advance exaggerated and untenable” claims over the LAC are “not acceptable”.

“They are not in accordance with China’s own position in the past,” he said in a statement, adding that Indian troops did not cross the LAC and had been patrolling the area “for a long time”. 

Srivastava accused China of hindering India’s “normal, traditional patrolling pattern” in the area, which resulted in a “face-off”.

Army officers and diplomats have held a series of meetings to try to end the impasse, with no breakthrough.

In a conversation with his Indian counterpart earlier this week, Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on India to carry out a thorough investigation into the incident and to “severely punish” those who should be held accountable. Yi also called for a cessation of all provocative actions.

For its part, India initially said the incident was triggered after Chinese soldiers crossed the boundary at three different points, erecting tents and guard posts and ignoring several warnings to leave – thus resulting in shouting matches, stone throwing and fist fights.

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to downplay the incident, denying there had been any incursion into Indian territory.

“Nobody has intruded into our border, neither is anybody there now, nor have our posts been captured,” Modi said in a televised speech on Friday, after he spent the day meeting representatives of parties from across the political spectrum in a bid to build consensus to tackle the rising tensions with China. 

Nirupama Menon Rao, India’s former foreign secretary, wrote in a post on Twitter that Modi’s statement was moulded by “asymmetry of power with China”.

Analyzing PM’s statement of yesterday:

Government has taken realistic view of constraints emanating from asymmetry of power with China. It is also reading the Chinese reaction to J&K reorganization more seriously than before and trying to calm situation along LAC/staunch Galwan

— Nirupama Menon Rao, निरुपमा राउ, بینظیر (@NMenonRao) June 20, 2020

But the main opposition Congress party’s P Chidambaram has raised questions about the tensions, pointing out that if there was no border intrusion, then the 20 Indian soldiers should not have died.

Indian opposition legislators have also raised the issue of whether intelligence failures had allowed China to build up forces in the area.

“Does the government not receive, on a regular basis, satellite pictures of the borders of our country? Did our external intelligence agencies not report any unusual activity along the LAC?” Sonia Gandhi, the Congress party president, asked on Friday. 

Facing heat from the opposition, the Indian government on Saturday said “attempts are being made to give a mischievous interpretation” to Friday’s comments by Modi.

“As regards transgression of LAC (Line of Actual Control), it was clearly stated that the violence in Galwan on 15 June arose because Chinese side was seeking to erect structures just across the LAC and refused to desist from such actions,” the government said in a statement.

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