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Oct 04, 2020
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After the IRS sent the bulk of the first stimulus check, the agency noticed something was wrong. One large group -- an estimated 9 million people -- didn't receive their lawful payment.

For the most part, the first wave of stimulus checks went out automatically this spring and summer, without the intended recipients having to do anything but meet the qualifications. But a subset of folks did have to take a further step, mainly people who typically don't file their taxes, a group that can include older adults, retirees and SSDI recipients.

The IRS is now in the process of sending letters to people who may be eligible. But the window is closing for nonfilers to claim their $1,200 checks by the end of 2020. Oct. 15 is the cutoff date. We'll tell you all you need to know.

Meanwhile, talks are still underway to cement a second stimulus check that could be part of a new coronavirus relief package -- here's where it stands in Washington. We've also mapped out when a potential second stimulus check could arrive and how much money you might receive. (CNET's stimulus calculator tool can estimate that.)

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