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. The deadline to file by mail for stimulus payments was also extended to being postmarked by November 4, 2020, and the deadline to file online is now November 21, 2020.

If you have questions about stimulus payments, eligibility, or would like to request an informational packet be sent to you or someone you know, we are here and ready to help.

Call our hotline Monday-Friday at: 919-438-1833

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