IRS Update to Prison Officials re Letter 4883C, 5071C, 6330C or 6331C Received by Incarcerated Persons

By |2021-04-19T19:40:44+00:00April 19th, 2021|Important Updates, News|

[This is the text of a letter from the IRS to Prison Officials, revised 4/1/21]

Dear Prison Official:

We are writing to update you about the Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) to incarcerated persons under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020). The purpose of this notification is to advise you of the steps that should be taken to submit information to the IRS if the incarcerated person receives a 4883C, 5071C, 6330C or 6331C letter. These letters are sent to verify identity before we process the income tax return or issue a refund. (more…)

The Incarcerated ARE Eligible for the Third Stimulus Check

By |2021-03-16T20:30:17+00:00March 16th, 2021|Important Updates, News|

Incarcerated people are eligible for the third stimulus payment (“EIP3,” set at $1,400). If you received either the first or second stimulus (EIP1 or EIP2), you do not need to do anything more – your eligibility will be determined based on information already in the system. If you did not, your eligibility for the third stimulus will be determined based on your 2019 tax return (filed in April 2020) or your 2020 tax return (filed by April 15, 2021). (more…)

Update to Prison Officials from the IRS

By |2021-02-18T06:36:22+00:00February 17th, 2021|Important Updates, News|

Please see the copy below of the letter sent by the IRS to Prison Officials regarding the CARES Act Economic Impact Payments.

Dear Prison Official,

We are writing to update you about the Economic Impact Payments (EIP).

Unfortunately, some Debit Cards were sent to inmates:

If you can process – no action required

If unable to process Metabank debit cards, please return to our fiscal agent:

7007 North 97th Circle
Omaha, NE 68122

Once you return the debit card to Metabank, they will void the debit card and notify the Treasury Dept. The individual will need to file for a Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) using a 2020 Form 1040 to receive a paper check. Information on the RRC can be found on or on this link:

Filing 1040 Tax Return to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit: If eligible, the inmates can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit when they file their 2020 tax return (Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR) electronically or on paper.

Electronically –
Paper –

When filing the 2020 tax return with RRC, please send returns to the IRS at the processing center address in the 1040 instructions.

If you have questions, please contact

Thank you,

Geoffrey Gerbore
IRS Manager

UPDATE: IRS Publishes Guidance on How to Obtain Stimulus Payments from Prison During 2021 Tax Season

By |2021-02-12T02:37:00+00:00February 10th, 2021|Important Updates, News|

On February 9, 2021, the IRS sent guidance to prison officials around the country explaining how people in prison can obtain their Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) by filing a 2020 tax return (Form 1040). The “Recovery Rebate Credit” (RRC) is another name for the two rounds of stimulus payments that Congress allocated under the CARES Act and COVID-19 Tax Relief Act. People who have not yet received those payments, or who received less than what they believe they are entitled to, must file a 2020 tax return to obtain the payments now. (more…)

Update on IRS Form CP21C Notices – Payment Offset Error

By |2021-02-03T17:27:08+00:00February 3rd, 2021|Important Updates, News|

If you received an IRS Form CP21C notice stating that your second stimulus payment was offset to pay 2007 taxes, that was an error.

The IRS updated its Frequently Asked Questions page on January 28, 2021 ( at K-4), confirming these notices were sent out in error. According to the IRS, because no payment was issued, no offset was applied. You may still be eligible to obtain your stimulus payment(s) by filing a 2020 tax return.

You May Need to File a 2020 Tax Return to Obtain Your Payment IF You Have Claimed But Not Heard Back From the IRS

By |2021-01-04T20:40:33+00:00January 4th, 2021|Important Updates, News|

If you have requested an EIP from the IRS but have not heard back, we are not going to be able to find information about the status of your claim. Instead, please call the IRS hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Please note that the IRS has confirmed that it did not process all claims filed in 2020. If you did not receive your EIP, it may be because the IRS did not process your claim in time. In that case, you must file a 2020 tax return to obtain your stimulus payment(s). Once instructions for doing so are available, we will post them.

Update: IRS May Not Post Online Updates For Paper Claims

By |2020-11-21T19:24:03+00:00November 21st, 2020|Important Updates, News|

If you filed a claim electronically through the online portal, you should receive an email from the IRS advising you when the claim is approved. The IRS has also set up a claim tracking system for online claims that attempts to provide information about the status of online claims within 2 weeks of the IRS’ receiving a claim. The IRS has indicated that claimants can find out the status of their claim by going to:

Although the status of online claims should be accessible through this website, the IRS has indicated that it might not post any online updates on the status of paper claims.

ATTORNEYS: Information on how to file online claims for people in prison

By |2020-11-10T02:00:16+00:00November 10th, 2020|Important Updates, News|

Attorneys may file online claims for Economic Impact Payments through the IRS’s online non-filer tool using the same process for Form 1040s generally. To do so, an individual in prison must complete, sign, and mail a Form 2848 to the IRS, which can be downloaded here ( The IRS’s instructions for filling the form are available here (

For your reference, we have prepared an example that may be used as a guide (click to download) by attorneys who are not charging a preparation fee and are only assisting an individual with filing a refund claim. After an individual in prison has completed and mailed the form, you may then use the IRS’s online non-filer tool to file a refund claim on behalf of an incarcerated individual by the current deadline of November 21, 2020.”

Form 2848 sample
Click to download the sample form 2848.

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