When will I get my money?

  • The exact date is not firm. Various reports indicate the checks should be “going out” before the end of April.
  • There will likely be a direct deposit option which could expedite the payments. More info below.

Who is eligible for the economic impact payment?

  • Adjusted gross income up to $75k for individuals and up to $150k for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment.
  • For adjusted gross incomes above those amounts, the payment is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75k/150k thresholds.
  • Single filers with income exceeding $99k and $198k for joint filers with no children are not eligible.
  • Social security recipients and railroad retirees who are otherwise not required to file a tax return are also eligible and will not be required to file a return.
  • Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 for each qualifying child.

How will the IRS know where to send my payment?

Most people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payment to those eligible.

  • The IRS will use your 2019 tax returns to calculate your payment if you already filed them, otherwise they will use your 2018 tax returns.
  • The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed.

The IRS does not have my direct deposit information. What can I do?

  • In the coming weeks, Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online, so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail.

I am not typically required to file a tax return. Can I still receive my payment?

  • The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 or Form RRB-1099 to generate Economic Impact Payments to recipients of benefits reflected in the Form SSA-1099 or Form RRB-1099 who are not required to file a tax return and did not file a return for 2018 or 2019. This includes senior citizens, Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are not otherwise required to file a tax return.
  • Since the IRS would not have information regarding any dependents for these people, each person would receive $1,200 per person, without the additional amount for any dependents at this time.

I have a tax filing obligation but have not filed my tax return for 2018 or 2019. Can I still receive an economic impact payment?

  • The IRS urges anyone with a tax filing obligation who has not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 to file as soon as they can to receive an economic impact payment. Taxpayers should include direct deposit banking information on the return.

I need to file a tax return. How long are the economic impact payments available?

  • For those concerned about visiting a tax professional or local community organization in person to get help with a tax return, these economic impact payments will be available throughout the rest of 2020.

Where can I get more information?

  • The IRS will post all key information on gov/coronavirus as soon as it becomes available.