IRS: Millions may still be eligible for child tax credit and COVID-19 stimulus payments

The Internal Revenue Service wants more than 9 million people who did not get COVID-19 stimulus payments, child tax credits or any other tax credits to claim their money.

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According to the agency, payments authorized during the pandemic remain unclaimed, and they are encouraging people to file a 2021 tax return in order to receive the funds.

“The IRS wants to remind potentially eligible people, especially families, that they may qualify for these valuable tax credits,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said.

“We encourage people who haven’t filed a tax return yet for 2021 to review these options. Even if they aren’t required to file a tax return, they may still qualify for several important credits,” Rettig said.

“We don’t want people to overlook these tax credits, and the letters will remind people of their potential eligibility and steps they can take.”

According to the agency, those who are believed to be eligible for the payments will be getting a letter explaining they need to claim the money by filing a 2021 tax return.

To help some claim the benefits, Free File will remain open for an extra month this year, until Nov. 17, 2022.

Free File allows people whose incomes are $73,000 or less to file a return online for free using brand-name software.

People can also visit to file a 2021 income tax return.

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