Congressman Applauds Extension of Economic Impact Payment Deadline

October 6, 2020
Press Release
IRS responds to his request for deadline extension for non-filers

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today applauded the decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend by five weeks the deadline for the estimated 9 million people eligible for Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) but who do not file federal income tax returns. Congressman Cohen wrote to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig on September 23 asking the agency to extend the deadline and increase its efforts to reach those eligible for the $1,200 payments  authorized by the CARES Act since March. The deadline has now been extended from October 15 to November 21.

At the same time, Congressman Cohen continues to urge the IRS to expand its outreach efforts to these individuals. Despite having their contact information for months, the IRS began sending out notification letters of the upcoming deadline on September 24, only three weeks before the original October 15 deadline.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased that the IRS has acted to provide needed economic assistance to the estimated 9 million people eligible but who are more difficult to reach because, for reasons including low incomes, they do not file annual federal income tax returns. While extending the deadline is a good move, the IRS must do more to identify and get EIP assistance to all who are eligible.”

See Congressman Cohen’s letter to Commissioner Rettig here.