The IRS wants help spreading the word about Economic Impact Payments.
The Internal Revenue Service is continuing its full-court press to spread information about Economic Impact Payments to as many Americans as possible. Since the agency wants to provide information to everyone affected by EIPs—from those waiting on their automatically issued checks to non-filers who still need to provide qualifying information—it recently published an information packet for partner organizations that includes messaging in English and Spanish.
What’s in the IRS “Economic Impact Payments: Partner and Promotional Materials” packet?
In the announcement, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said spreading information about EIPs is a priority for the agency. By supplying the “Economic Impact Payments: Partner and Promotional Materials” packet to “thousands of partners across the country,” they hope to “[reach] organizations representing hundreds of millions of taxpayers”—maximizing the effectiveness of the campaign.
The IRS said the packet includes a number of digital and physical materials:
- IRS e-posters and Twitter images that can be used on websites, social media, newsletters, and other platforms.
- Print materials include Tax Tips, short, plain English summaries of EIP, and "Ready to Use" articles that can be shared with family, friends, partners and clients in emails, newsletters and web sites.
The currently available articles address topics like frequently asked questions, where to find the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool, common coronavirus-related scams, and how to sign up for IRS social-media alerts. As part of this outreach, the IRS will continue to produce social media posts for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
In addition to including private members of the tax industry in its EIP-outreach efforts, the IRS release noted that taxpayers should also check the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau websites for additional information. While the FDIC can “help people without bank accounts obtain an Economic Impact Payment,” the CFPB “has produced several videos related to Economic Impact Payments and other COVID-19 information.”