April 13, 2020

The IRS Launches New Web Tool for Filing Simple Returns

By Michael D’Addio, Principal, Tax Services

The IRS Launches New Web Tool for Filing Simple Returns Tax & Business

The IRS has launched a new web tool to permit those who do not file a tax return to provide information enabling them to receive the CARES Act Stimulus Payment. This is essentially the “simple return” that has been previously discussed in a prior Tax Flash.

Taxpayers who filed income tax returns for 2018 or 2019 will receive their stimulus payments automatically and do not need to provide additional information.

Taxpayers receiving social security, SSDI and/or railroad retirement benefits are to receive payments based on information supplied by the paying organization to the IRS. However, those with qualifying children under age 17 can use the web site to claim the $500 payment per child.

Those who receive supplemental security income (SSI) benefits or veterans disability compensation, pension or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs should not have to file a simple return. However, IRS is still exploring ways that payments can be made to those individuals. Persons in these groups can either use the new web tool or wait until IRS develops a payment option.

This is the IRS site where those who did not file tax returns for either 2018 or 2019 can upload their simplified return information in order to apply for the stimulus payment:


Once on the site, click on the blue section.

If you need assistance working through these new rules, contact your Marcum tax professional or contact Michael D’Addio at 203.781.9665 or email Michael.

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