Stimulus Payment Assistance

Emancipate NC is working on efforts to make sure incarcerated people get the CARES Act stimulus funds (COVID-19 payments) they are entitled to. In March and April, it was discovered that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was routinely denying people who were incarcerated on March 27, 2020 or anytime after from receiving their payments.

On August 1, 2020, Lieff Cabraser and the Equal Justice Society filed a lawsuit against the United States Department of the Treasury and the IRS demanding that incarcerated people in state and federal facilities be granted their payments. Eventually, on September 24, U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton ordered the Treasury and the IRS to stop withholding payments to anyone who is incarcerated. You can read more about this case at the Washington Post. We also invite you to learn more about the informational packets we sent to prisons across North Carolina.

The deadline to file by mail and online has passed, but these links may be helpful:

For people who missed the deadline, there will be a chance to file on your 2020 return when tax season begins.

Emancipate NC’s Kerwin Pittman discusses the new eligibility of incarcerated people to get their stimulus payments.