Stimulus Checks: Low Income Households Will Miss out If They Haven’t Filed Income Taxes

For Immediate Release
April 3, 2020

Contact: Ross Yednock
517. 485.3588 ext. 1946 |

Families and individuals who typically are not required to file a tax return need to do so immediately in order to receive an economic impact payment

LANSING— The federal government, as part of their Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, plans to disburse economic impact payments (stimulus checks) to provide financial relief to individuals and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) is concerned many Americans, particularly those who are not required to file a federal income tax return, will not receive their stimulus checks.

Households with no filing requirement, such as individuals earning less than $12,200 or couples with earnings less than $24,400, will not automatically receive the stimulus payment unless they file a 2018 or 2019 tax return or a “simple return” with the IRS. However, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has indicated that those who receive Social Security benefits will not need to file to receive their payments. 

“CEDAM is collaborating with our members and partners across the state to get accurate information and helpful resources to those who need to file,” said Luke Forrest, executive director of CEDAM. “With most free tax preparation and filing sites shut down, it is important to have a strong, unified effort to ensure all Michiganders have the help they need to access financial support during these uncertain times.” 

The IRS-managed Free File alliance offers a range of options to quickly and easily file taxes electronically and for free. Many of the programs listed will guide taxpayers step-by-step, flag errors, and provide support. 

“According to the IRS, about 70% of households are able to file their taxes for free,” said Chong-Anna Canfora, executive director of Michigan Community Action. “We encourage everyone, regardless of requirement, to file as soon as possible. In addition to ensuring you receive a stimulus check, there could be other tax credits for which you qualify.” 

Information and requirements regarding economic impact payments is subject to change. Visit or for the most updated information.