The IRS is sending the stimulus in three different ways: direct deposit for those who had their direct deposit information on their 2018/2019 tax returns, physical stimulus check, or EIP debit card. The IRS does not allow you to choose how the government sends the money to you. If you filed, and need status on your payment, contact the IRS at 1-800-919-9835
If your income was less than $75,000 in 2019, you may qualify for the $1,200 stimulus form the IRS and another $500 per dependent. You must have an SSN and be a U.S. tax payer. All current and previous tax filings need to be up-to-date to receive the stimulus check. If you need help catching up or filing for this year, our expat tax experts are standing by to help you. Learn more and get started!
U.S. taxpayers who have a social security number AND filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 may qualify for refundable tax credits. If you qualify, the maximum credit will be $1200 per taxpayer and $500 for each dependent child reported on your tax return that have a valid social security number. Don’t put off your filing requirement, there will be no payments made after December 31, 2020. If you are behind in filing, we can help. GET STARTED!
The US government extended the filing and payment of all individual tax returns to July 15th, 2020. Estimated taxes that were due in April and will be due in June are also extended to the July 15th deadline. Penalties and interest will be waived on all individual tax payments that were due from February 15 thru July 15. If you haven’t already, now is the time to file your U.S. taxes. We specialize in U.S. expats tax returns. Contact us to make sure your taxes are filed correctly.
For Expats getting the Covid-19 stimulus payment from the US government can be a complicated process:
- You must have a US social security number. Using an ITIN disqualifies you from the program. Including taxpayers, spouses and dependents.
- Direct deposits are only available to US bank accounts. Some clients who do not have a US bank account are using accounts of family and friends for this purpose. If you filed your 2018 tax return without your US bank account number, file 2019 as soon as possible requesting that your refund or payment due is applied to your US bank account.
- If your last return shows no tax due or refund, you must you the IRS portal “Where’s My Payment” to notify the IRS of your US bank account for direct deposit purposes. Foreign addresses and bank accounts cannot be used.
- If you only have a foreign address and/or bank account, the IRS will mail the check to your last known address per your 2018 or 2019 tax return. Hopefully your local post office is processing your mail. If you do not receive the payment, you may be able to have the credit processed on your 2020 tax return. The jury is still out on that process.
If you are an expat in need of tax filing, contact Expatriate Tax Returns for help.
The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS are providing special PAYMENT RELIEF to individuals, trusts, businesses and estates, in response to the novel Coronavirus pandemic for those who filed for an extension on or before April 15th, 2020. All income tax payments (including self-employment tax) are extended to July 15, 2020 without penalty or interest assessments if you filed for an extension by the April 15th deadline. If you are a U.S. expat filing late, you do not qualify for payment relief but you still need to file per U.S. law. Contact Expatriate Tax Returns for help to get started.