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Everybody needs some help now and then. On Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24, the Internal Revenue Service is providing assistance to those in 16 metropolitan areas who need to file a 2020 tax return so they can get various COVID-19 relief payments.

The first of six scheduled Advance Child Tax Credit (AdvCTC) payments hit bank accounts and U.S. Postal Service boxes last week.

The bulk of these initial payments — the Internal Revenue Service says it sent out $15 billion to about 35 million families — were dispersed automatically. The recipients, who had previously filed returns or used the IRS non-filer online tool to register, got up to $300 for each child younger than age 6, and/or up to $250 for each child ages 6 to 17.

The payments will continue, arriving around the middle of each month, through the rest of 2021.

But the IRS says some eligible families missed out on the first AdvCTC amounts. So it's holding another round of in-person events this Friday, July 23, and Saturday, July 24, in 16 metro areas to help them get on the early credit distribution list.

Get the Child Tax Credit and other COVID funds: On those days, citizen volunteers and IRS employees will help taxpayers who haven't filed returns recently because they legally weren't required to do so. By completing a 2020 tax return, they'll then get the year's remaining AdvCTC payments.

But wait. There's more.

Filing a Form 1040 for 2020 also could mean you'll get the third COVID-19 economic impact payment (EIP) you probably missed by not filing. This could be as much as $1,400 per person.

And you also can claim on that return the Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) for any portion of the two EIPs issued last year that you also likely missed.

Remember, you don't have to have dependent children to claim EIP amounts, although if you do, your COVID-related payments probably will be larger.

Same issues, second round: These upcoming events were prompted by earlier AdvCTC Free Tax Prep Days and Child Tax Credit outreach sessions in 12 metropolitan areas.

On July 23 and 24, as with the earlier events, IRS employees and the agency's partners from non-profit organizations, churches and community groups will be on hand to help folks who missed out on the various coronavirus relief amounts.

This latest round will be, listed alphabetically by the 16 cities, in —

Birmingham, Alabama

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Bronx, New York

Newark, New Jersey

Charlotte, North Carolina

New Haven, Connecticut

Chicago, Illinois

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Cleveland, Ohio

Paterson, New Jersey

Dallas, Texas

Riverside, California

Indianapolis, Indiana

Seattle, Washington

Memphis, Tennessee

Tampa, Florida

And here are the specifics for these upcoming 16 AdvCTC events at the community groups' facilities or the local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC):

Birmingham, Alabama

Bronx, New York

Friday, July 23
from 9 a.m. to Noon CT at

Impact America-Goodwill
2350 Green Springs Hwy
Birmingham, AL 35209

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at

IRS TAC

1200 Waters Place

Bronx, NY 10461)

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at

IRS TAC
417 2nd Street North
Room 501
Birmingham, AL 35203

 

Charlotte, North Carolina

Chicago, Illinois

Friday, July 23
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET at

IRS TAC

Five Resource Square

10715 David Taylor Drive

Charlotte, NC 28262

Friday, July 23
from 9 a.m. to Noon (CT) at

Ladder Up
350 N. Orleans Street
Chicago IL 60654

 

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at

IRS TAC
John C. Kluczynski
Federal Office Building
230 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604

Cleveland, Ohio

Dallas, Texas

Friday, July 23
from Noon to 5:00 p.m. ET at

CHN Housing Partners
2999 Payne Avenue, Suite 134
Cleveland, OH 44114

Friday, July 23
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT at

Foundation Communities of Dallas

2951 S. Hampton Road
Dallas TX 75224

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at

IRS TAC
Anthony J. Celebrezze
Federal Office Building
1240 E. Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44199

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at

IRS TAC
Earle Cabell Federal Office Building
1100 Commerce Street
Room 121
Dallas, TX 75242

Indianapolis, Indiana

Memphis, Tennessee

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET at

John H. Boner Neighborhood Center
2236 E. 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201

Friday, July 23
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT at

United Way Plaza FTP
1005 Tillman

Memphis, TN 38112

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at

IRS TAC
Minton-Capehart Federal Office Building
575 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. CT at

IRS TAC
22 N. Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Newark, New Jersey

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at

IRS TAC
430 North Wabasha Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Friday, July 23
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET at

HOPES CAPS Inc.
Family Resource Center
532 Jackson Street, Unit 1B
Hoboken, NJ 07030

and

Agape House of Worship
239 East 1st Avenue
Roselle, NJ 07203

 

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at

IRS TAC
Veterans Administration
Federal Office Building
20 Washington Place
Newark, NJ 07102

New Haven, Connecticut

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at

IRS TAC
150 Court Street
New Haven, CT 06510

Friday, July 23
from Noon to 7 p.m. CT at

Midwest City Neighborhoods
100 N. Midwest Boulevard
Midwest City, OK 73110

 

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at

IRS TAC
55 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Paterson, New Jersey

Riverside, California

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at

IRS TAC
200 Federal Plaza
Paterson, NJ 07092

Friday, July 23 and
Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT each day at

Catholic Charities
San Bernardino Riverside
904 E. California Street
Ontario, CA 91761

 

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT at

IRS TAC
290 North D Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401

Seattle, Washington

Tampa, Florida

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT at

IRS TAC
Henry M. Jackson Federal Office Building
915 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174

Friday, July 23
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET at

United Way Suncoast
Sulphur Springs Resource Center
8412 N. 12th Street
Tampa, FL 33604

 

Saturday, July 24
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET at

IRS TAC
3848 West Columbus Drive
Tampa, FL 33607


Taking care of it online yourself
:
If you're unsure about whether you qualify for the early tax credit cash, you can check your eligibility by using the IRS' online Advance Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant.

If that indicates you do qualify for the early distribution of half of the 2021 tax year's Child Tax Credit but you haven't had to file taxes for a while, you can use the IRS' updated Non-filer Sign-up Tool. This online registration will get you in the system for the remaining AdvCTC payments to be send this year, around the 15th of each month.

But if you also missed out on other coronavirus relief, aka stimulus payments, because you didn't have to file, then you need to do that. Now.

You still can use the IRS' Free File option, available through Oct. 15 to taxpayers with adjusted gross income of $72,000 or less, to submit a return.

What you need to bring: Or, if you're unsure about how to file, you can get help filling out your Form 1040 at the upcoming Advance Child Tax Credit Free Tax Prep Day event in your area.

Before you head out, though, be sure to round up the following information to bring with you:

  • Social Security numbers or Tax Identification Numbers for yourself and, if married, your spouse,
  • Social Security numbers for your children,
  • A reliable mailing address,
  • An e-mail address, and
  • Bank account information if you want to receive your AdvCTC and/or EIP payments by direct deposit.

The IRS encourages all AdvCTC (and other EIP amounts) to use direct deposit. It's faster and generally safer, for taxpayers and the IRS.

Finding a bank for direct deposit: If you don't have a bank account, check out the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) website for details on opening an account online. There you'll also find FDIC's BankFind tool that can help you locate an FDIC-insured bank.

The problem there, however, is that many banks charge fees that make opening an account too costly for lower-income individuals. If that's what has been keeping you from getting a band account, look into the options at BankOn, American Bankers Association, Independent Community Bankers of America and National Credit Union Administration. Those groups' websites have lists of banks and credit unions that might offer a more appealing account option.

Military veterans also should check out the Veterans Benefits Banking Program for financial services at participating banks.

Regardless of how your get your Advance Child Tax Credit or economic impact payments or the Recovery Rebate Credit money, the key is to get it. ASAP. By using the IRS' online registration tools of filing a 2020 tax return.

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