IRS Plans to Analyze Virus Payment Outreach in January 2021

Nov. 30, 2020, 6:00 PM

The IRS plans to track and publicly report on the effectiveness of its efforts to get virus relief payments to hard-to-reach individuals beginning in January 2021, according to a government watchdog.

The IRS in September—following prior recommendations from the U.S. Government Accountability Office—began sending letters to about 9 million low-income Americans who normally don’t file a federal income tax return but may be eligible for an economic impact payment that they hadn’t yet claimed. The payments were enacted in March as part of the CARES Act (Public Law 116-136) to help individuals cope with the coronavirus pandemic’s fallout. ...

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