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How Prisoners Can File for Their Economic Stimulus Checks

Note: You can help prisoners get their stimulus money! A gift of $5 will get 17 prisoners the info and forms they need right away, so they can file before the deadline.

Please Note: UPLC is unable to assist prisoners applying for stimulus payments, or provide advice regarding these applications. Additionally, we are not taking any legal action regarding stimulus payments in Illinois.

Claims must be filed before October 30, 2020 (according to the most recent information).

People who did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return are urged to file a claim with the IRS before October 15, 2020, in order to receive a payment. If the prisoner filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return or received Social Security Benefits or Railroad Retirement Board Benefits, they do not need to file a claim. However, if they did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return and their income was below $12,200 (or $24,400 if filing jointly) in 2019, then a claim must be filed through the IRS’s website.

Prisoners without access to the internet can have someone file a claim for them, or they can complete a paper application. The instructions for a paper application are available here.



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