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Stimulus Checks - What You Need to Know

On Friday, March 27, Congress authorized a bill providing economic relief to millions of Americans in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The stimulus package includes emergency payments of up to $1,200 per eligible taxpayer. For the latest and most detailed updates about the stimulus package, visit


Stimulus Check

Who Gets a Check?

You qualify for an economic impact payment (stimulus check) if you filed tax returns for either 2018 or 2019 and meet the income requirements below:

  • If you file as an individual – Eligible tax filers with adjusted gross incomes of up to $75,000 will get the full $1,200 payment. The payment is reduced by $5 for every $100 over the $75,000 threshold. If your gross income exceeds $99,000 as an individual with no children, you will not receive a check.
  • If you file jointly with your spouse – Eligible joint tax filers with adjusted gross incomes up to $150,000 will receive the full $2,400 payment. The payment is reduced by $5 for each $100 about that threshold. If your joint gross incomes exceed $198,000 and you have no children, you will not receive a return.
  • If you have children – Eligible taxpayers will receive up to $500 per qualifying child.
  • If you receive social security – No additional action is needed. The government will either send you a direct deposit or a paper check.
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Do I need to do Anything to Receive a Check?

Most people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payment to those eligible. If you’re eligible, the IRS will either send you a deposit via direct deposit or a paper check. Direct deposit will go out to individuals who have their account information on file from filing their 2018 or 2019 taxes.

The IRS doesn’t have your direct deposit information from your tax returns? Treasury developed a web portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online, so that individuals can receive payments quicker than checks in the mail.

If you did not file taxes in 2018 or 2019, or have moved since you last filed, read the information on this page.

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When Will I Receive My Check?

The IRS reportedly will begin processing the direct deposits as early as Monday, April 13, 2020.

The IRS will begin sending paper checks on April 24th, 2020, to taxpayers with the lowest adjusted gross income first.

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Watch Out for Stimulus Related Scams

Be aware of text messages, phone calls, or emails from those claiming to be the IRS. The IRS will not text, email, or call you about your stimulus check.

The IRS will also not send you an overpayment and make you send the money back in cash, gift cards, or through a money transfer.

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