The IRS might send you an interest check in 2020. Find out if you’ll get one

Late tax filers might receive a second check from the IRS. Tax Day moved to July 15 due to the tax agency moving the filing due date in response to theCOVID-19 pandemic. And that was just one of several unconventional policy changes the federal government undertook to help struggling Americans during the crisis. It also issued stimulus checks, which were sent to qualified taxpayers back in April. (If you haven’t received one yet, check out our guide on how to track your stimulus check.)

President Donald Trump signed four executive actions on Aug. 8 to give additional relief, including one for a payroll tax holiday and another for an extra $400 per week of unemployment benefits (a potential extension — at a lower amount — of the $600 provided in the CARES Act, which expired July 31). Democrats and Republicans have been in negotiations over additional relief included in the HEALS Act, introduced in late July, which would include a second round of stimulus checks.

But the stimulus payments are wholly separate from tax refunds, millions of which are still being processed by the IRS. The 2020 tax deadline extension, which provided all taxpayers with more time to fill out paperwork, calculate refunds and scrape together payments, will also result in some taxpayers getting a few more dollars from the government. Read on to find out if you can expect to receive a second tax refund payout from the IRS — and when it might show up in your bank account or mailbox.

Why is the IRS sending a second check to some households?

Every year, the IRS pays interest on refunds that take extra time to process, with interest accruing from April 15 until whenever the agency cut your check (or dropped your direct deposit). If you haven’t yet received your refund check, you’re not alone: The IRS said back in June that it had a backlog of 4.7 million returns.

This year, the interest accrual period began on April 15, as usual — even if you didn’t file until July 15. So, in effect, there was a modest but real advantage to filing later this year. Couple that with the IRS backlog, and it means more people than usual will get a tax interest payment from the IRS this year…Read more>>


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