It’s not too late to file a tax return to claim your missing stimulus money! The IRS extended the tax-filing deadline to May 17, 2021. Even after the deadline, you can still file to claim your money! If you do not owe any Federal taxes, then you can file your return after the deadline without a penalty - in fact, you have 3 years to claim your refund. For information on the Child Tax Credit, visit the Tax Help page.

Beware of Coronavirus & Tax Scams

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Scam artists have been trying to take people’s payments. Know how to recognize them.

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  • Be careful of emails with links claiming to have special stimulus information.
  • The IRS will not demand personal information or payment from you by calling, emailing, or texting you.
  • Remember, the IRS will never threaten to bring in law enforcement without an appeal.
  • Don’t open surprise emails that look like they’re coming from the IRS.
  • Not all tax preparers are honest. Get help finding a reputable tax preparer using the IRS Preparer Directory
  • The IRS, Social Service Administration, or U.S. Treasury will not call or email offering grants or Economic Impact Payments in exchange for personal information, an advance fee, or gift cards.
  • If you are expecting your stimulus check to come in the mail and not to your bank account, be aware that the check may come as a debit card in the mail. The debit card, called the Economic Impact Card, will be sent in a white envelope that prominently displays the U.S. Department of the Treasury seal. It has the Visa name on the front of the Card and the issuing bank, MetaBank®, N.A., on the back of the card. Review this Economic Impact Card fact sheet for tips on how to use it without fees.

Protect Yourself and Know Your Rights!

A list of common scams to avoid is available at

Learn how to tell the IRS from scammers here

Chicagoans: If you are paying someone to do your taxes, remember that you have rights as a consumer - review this Consumer Bill of Rights from the City of Chicago

Information on how to protect yourself financially is available from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

Learn more by reading the IRS' Taxpayer Bill of Rights

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