IRS site to help veterans, survivors who don't file taxes get $1,200 coronavirus checks

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After concerns some veterans and families could be left out of the $1,200 federal coronavirus relief checks, the IRS has set up a website to help. 

Not all veterans or their families file annual taxes, especially if they receive disability benefits, pensions or survivor benefits. But the government plans to primarily use prior tax filings to determine eligibility and where to send the federal coronavirus relief payments.

Those payments are about $1,200 for those whose taxable income is lower than $75,000 and were approved under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law by the president last month. 

For veterans, it should be the same -- so long as a veteran's total taxable income is lower than $75,000 per year and no one claims them as a dependent, they should receive the checks. The government plans to use the most recently available prior tax returns to determine income and direct deposit information or a recent address to make the payments. 

Now, the IRS has set up a site for those veterans and family members to go and enter their direct-deposit information so they can receive their payments directly to their bank accounts. 

That website is www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and includes information you'll need to provide, including your name, address, email, date of birth, Social Security number, banking information and more. Click the "Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here" button on that page to be taken to a Free File Fillable Forms site, a "certified IRS partner" that is "safe and secure," according to the IRS. 

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Reach Abbie Bennett: abbie@connectingvets.com or @AbbieRBennett.
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