Important News About CARES Act for Incarcerated Individuals

(October 13, 2020) — For those incarcerated and eligible for CARES Act relief payments, you may be affected by the recent order regarding stimulus payments.

Update (Oct. 20, 2020) – Deadline extended from Oct. 30 to Nov. 21.

On October 7, a federal court ordered that the IRS may not deny CARES Act economic impact payments to anyone solely because they are incarcerated.

This means, if eligibility requirements are met, an individual can now file a claim to receive the stimulus money to which they are entitled.

If this affects you, it is imperative that you act quickly. The deadline for submission is November 21, 2020.


Letters, with enclosed forms, were sent to all of our clients on October 9, 2020.


The following links provide detailed information.

(NEW) Seattle Times: Deadline extension to November 21, 2020

CARES Act Relief Information – Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Washington Post article on Federal Court order

“Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” – Free IRS tool to determine eligibility/receive economic payment