Deadline to request stimulus check approaching

Posted at 5:05 PM, Oct 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-17 19:51:04-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Time is running out for people to request their federal coronavirus economic stimulus payment.

During the spring, Congress and President Donald Trump agreed to the CARES Act.

One provision in the legislation provided a $1,200 check to individuals making less than $75,000 a year, or $2,400 for couples with joint income under $150,000.

According to information released by the Salt Lake City government Twitter account, 70,000 eligible Utahns have not received their payment.

Those who are waiting for their payment may not have filed a 2019 tax return or may not have a mailing address on file.

“In this economy right now, everybody needs it,” said Su Boddie, a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site coordinator. “What we do know is 1200 bucks is 1200 bucks. Very few people should turn it down.”

Boddie and several other volunteers spent three days this week assisting people in navigating the Internal Revenue Service process.

“There are people who don’t have medications because they can’t afford them. This 1200 bucks will be a big step up,” Boddie said. “Personally, I would use it to clean up the things that have been sitting around. The bills or whatever.”

Anyone who still needs to get their information to the Internal Revenue Service can do so at

The deadline for people to request a stimulus payment is Nov. 21.

“Depending on whether or not you have a bank account, in two weeks to a month you get your money,” Boddie said.