February 2021

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:

Fiserv
Attn: RAPID
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 IRS.gov or on this link: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/recovery-rebate-credit

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 – https://www.irs.gov/filing/individuals/how-to-file
Paper – https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/forms-and-publications-by-us-mail

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 prisoner_file@irs.gov

Thank you,

Geoffrey Gerbore
IRS Manager
Geoffrey.M.Gerbore@IRS.GOV

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 (https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payment-information-center-topic-k-general-information 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.

January 2021

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.

December 2020

November 2020

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: IRS.gov/getmypayment.

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 (www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2848.pdf). The IRS’s instructions for filling the form are available here (www.irs.gov/instructions/i2848).

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.

October 2020

Updated single mail-in address for claims from the incarcerated

By |2020-10-28T22:26:55+00:00October 28th, 2020|Important Updates, News|

The IRS has established a special address for the claims of incarcerated people:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0003

Note that claims may still be sent and will be processed at any of the IRS facilities previously listed (see addresses below).

If you live in…...use this address
Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, VirginiaDepartment of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Kansas City, MO 64999-0002
Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, WyomingDepartment of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Ogden, UT 84201-0002
Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, TexasDepartment of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0002
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Washington, WisconsinDepartment of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Fresno, CA 93888-0002

New Video Explains Rights of Incarcerated Persons to CARES Act Stimulus Payments

By |2020-10-20T20:35:01+00:00October 20th, 2020|Important Updates, News|

The Equal Justice Society has produced a new video explaining the rights of incarcerated Americans to receive CARES Act stimulus payments. You can watch the video on YouTube or directly below.

If you have further questions, more information and additional resources are available online at caresactprisoncase.org.

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