American expats are afraid they won’t get their stimulus checks because the IRS won’t accept foreign addresses or non-US bank accounts
- A tool on the IRS website that is meant to collect direct-deposit information to speed up stimulus payments isn’t working for some US citizens living abroad.
- The IRS “Get My Payment” tool asks for the taxpayer’s address, but won’t accept a foreign ZIP code, preventing them from moving to the next step to input bank information.
- Even so, you can only enter US bank information. The IRS isn’t sending payments to non-US banks.
- The IRS will mail the stimulus check if a person doesn’t have direct deposit, but postal services in some countries aren’t operating due to the pandemic.
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Gwendolyn Rodriguez, an English teacher and translator, lives in Guatemala but pays United States income taxes.
Her income and filing status qualify her for a stimulus check under the CARES Act, but she’s worried she’ll never see the money. That’s because a technical quirk in the IRS economic impact payment tool is preventing expats from submitting direct-deposit information online, which is the quickest way to get paid.
Rodriguez filed her 2019 income tax return earlier this year, but she owed money so didn’t give bank details to the IRS. She told …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]