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As the clock ticks towards the May 17 deadline, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is issuing an emotional reminder to eligible individuals: it’s time to seize the opportunity to claim the COVID-era Recovery Rebate Credit for the tax year 2020. With most Economic Impact Payments recipients already receiving their due relief, the IRS is zeroing in on those who may have missed out on this critical financial lifeline.

The Recovery Rebate Credit is a lifeline for those who missed out on one or more Economic Impact Payments distributed in 2020 and 2021. Yet, with the legal deadline looming, non-filers have until May 17, 2024, to file their tax return and claim their due rebate. This applies even to individuals with minimal or non-existent income from jobs, businesses, or other endeavors.

But the urgency continues. For those eyeing the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit, the window of opportunity to file the necessary tax return extends only until April 15, 2025. The IRS underscores the importance of prompt action, emphasizing that procrastination may result in the forfeiture of much-needed funds.

Who qualifies for these rebates? Eligibility hinges on being a U.S. citizen or resident alien, not being claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer, and possessing a valid Social Security number issued before the tax return’s due date. The scope of eligibility even extends to individuals who passed away in 2020 or later.

For entrepreneurs and self-employed individuals navigating the complex tax landscape, the IRS emphasizes the availability of free tax preparation assistance through programs like Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. This initiative aims to empower those who may not typically file tax returns to uncover potential benefits under the tax law, offering a vital resource in navigating the intricacies of tax compliance.

Despite the looming deadline, the IRS reassures tardy filers that claiming a refund on a late-filed tax return incurs no penalty. Direct deposit emerges as the preferred method for expeditiously receiving tax refunds, streamlining the process for individuals eager to recoup their entitled funds.

However, the urgency is more than just individuals seeking rebates. The IRS’s announcement of a new initiative targeting high-income taxpayers who still need to file federal income tax returns since 2017 is a stark reminder of the importance of compliance. With over 125,000 cases in the spotlight, including those with incomes surpassing $1 million, the initiative underscores the IRS’s commitment to enforcing tax regulations across all income brackets.

As the May 17 deadline looms, the IRS’s clarion call resounds: seize the moment, file your tax return, and claim what’s rightfully yours before time runs out.

Source (IRS News)