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                                File photo shows a portion of the 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form.
Kokua Line: IRS says people who should have received stimulus must file 2020 federal income tax return to claim credit

Question: Regarding the $600 stimulus payment, I am receiving just Social Security benefits and was not required to file a 2019 federal tax return. To date, I have not received the $600. Are recipients of Social Security who did not file for 2019 now required to file a 2020 federal tax return in order to receive the $600 under the Recovery credit? I was under the impression if you receive Social Security you would receive the $600 as long as you qualified. Read more

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                                In this April 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump’s name is seen on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kokua Line: Second round of stimulus payments automatically dispersed by direct-deposit, check or debit card

Question:I did not file a tax return for years 2018 or 2019. So I received my $1,200 Economic Impact Payment manual check by using the IRS link to the non-filer website. Do I need to refile through the same method to receive the second EIP of $600 and potentially another $1,400 if a third payment is approved? I do have a checking and saving account now for electronic deposits. Also, are income taxes supposed to be paid for any EIP? Read more

2015 July 6 EDT - Christine Donnelly, Honolulu Star-Advertiser Kokua Line Columnist. HSA PHOTO BY GEORGE F. LEE
Kokua Line: Tax department following up on landlords who may be avoiding taxes on rental income

Question: Some Hawaii landlords are rejecting government relief to cover unpaid rent because they do not have general excise tax licenses and are not paying taxes on their rental income. The tenants were the ones who applied for the relief, thereby identifying their landlords (808ne.ws/ rentrelief). Now that the state knows who these landlords are, can and/or will the tax department follow up to demand back taxes from these landlords? Read more


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