Economic Stimulus Rebate – Frequently Asked Questions

by Ryan Guina

I’ve written about the economic stimulus rebate program a few times on my site, but I continue to receive a substantial amount of stimulus questions in the comments of the articles I have written and via e-mail. Because I have received a lot of questions, I thought it would be good to put the majority of them in one place so I can refer people to the FAQ section – hopefully helping a lot of people while also reducing my workload.

As a note, I try to respond to every reader e-mail/comment/question, and repeating answers can take up a lot of time! But I love reader comments and questions, so feel free to hit me up! (but if it is regarding the economic stimulus package, check this FAQ section first!).

Keep in mind, this information is gathered primarily from the IRS web page, and I am not a tax professional. So if you are in need of professional tax advice, please consult the IRS or a tax pro. 🙂

What is the economic stimulus package?

tax-forms.jpgThe economic stimulus package is a change in the tax code that will eliminate the 10% bracket from 10% to zero for the first $6,000 of taxable income in 2008. But the government decided to do this based on tax filer’s 2007 taxes so they could distribute this money so tax payers would spend it now and (hopefully) boost the economy.

Who is eligible for the rebate?

The economic stimulus rebate check is available to qualifying tax payers, based on IRS calculations. Single tax filers with adjusted gross income (AGI) less than $75,000 and couples filing jointly with AGIs less that $150,000 will qualify for full rebates. Those with AGI levels above the maximum will receive a reduced rebate based on a phase-out schedule.

Persons who do not owe income taxes, but earned at least $3,000 in wages, Social Security benefits, or veterans disability benefits, will get rebate checks of $300 for individuals and $600 for couples.

Who will not receive an economic stimulus check?

You will not receive an economic stimulus rebate in 2008 if:

  • Your net income tax liability is zero and your qualifying income is less than $3,000. To determine your qualifying income, add together your wages, net self-employment income, nontaxable combat pay, Social Security benefits, certain Railroad Retirement benefits and certain veterans’ payments.
  • You can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return.
  • You do not have a valid Social Security Number.
  • You are a nonresident alien.

Keep in mind, the calculation will be run again in 2009, so if your situation changes, you may be eligible to receive a rebate at that time.

How much money will I receive for the rebate?

Qualifying single filers (AGI less than $75,000) will get rebates of up to $600. Qualifying couples (AGI less than $150,000) will get rebates of up to $1,200, plus $300 per dependent child younger than 17, with no maximum number of eligible children. The rebate starts out at $300 per person, but rises to $600 per person to match the taxes you will pay based on your 2007 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI).

Your AGI is generally lower than your salary, and is based on your earnings after tax deductions such as 401(k) and Traditional IRA investments and other qualified deductions. However, if you earn above a set limit, you may receive less than $600. The tax rebate decreases by $50 for every $1,000 earned above $75,000.

I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator (calculator removed from IRS website) for a better idea of how much you might receive.

How much stimulus money for dependents?

If you are a dependent for someone else’s taxes, you will not receive a rebate even if you earned enough money to qualify for the rebate. If you are over 17 and are a dependent, neither you or your parents will receive a rebate. However, if no one can claim you as a dependent in 2008, you may still receive the rebate in 2009.

What do I have to do to get my rebate check?

If you file taxes in 2007 and qualify for the rebate, it will be automatically sent to you. To receive the economic stimulus rebate, you are required file a 2007 tax return, either a form 1040, 1040A or 1040-EZ. If you are someone who normally doesn’t file a tax return (for example, a pensioner, retiree, of someone whose income is based on Social Security, military veteran’s disability, or other income), you will need to file a tax return in order to receive the rebate.

Will I receive my rebate check via direct deposit or by mail?

Stimulus Payments will be direct deposited for taxpayers who select that option when filing their 2007 tax returns. Taxpayers who already filed and requested direct deposit won’t need to do anything else to receive the Stimulus Payment. Taxpayers who did not request Direct Deposit for their 2007 refund, or provide their bank information to the IRS if you paid taxes, will receive a paper check by mail.

I received my refund on a prepaid debit card – will my rebate check some the same way?

Those who received their tax refund on a prepaid debit card from a tax preparation company will receive their rebate by mail. They will receive a check sent to the address on their return. Refund anticipation loans for the stimulus check are not allowed by the IRS.

What if I earned more than the maximum income?

If you earned more than the maximum, you may still be eligible for a refund check. However, it will be reduced by 5-percent of the amount you earned above the AGI income cap of $75,000 for a single filer or $150,000 for couples. The rebates will follow this formula until it phases out, and those earning above the phase out level will not receive a rebate check.

For singles, the phase-out level begins at $75,000 and ends at $87,000, with a reduction of $50 for every $1,000 earned over $75,000. If you earn above $87k, you will not receive a rebate.

For couples, the phase-out level begins at $150,000 and ends at $174,000, with a reduction of $50 for every $1,000 earned over $150,000. If you earned above $174k, you will not receive a rebate.

Will I receive the economic rebate if I am someone’s dependent?

If you are over 17 and are a dependent, neither you or your parents will receive a rebate, even if you earned enough money to qualify for the rebate. This will affect many high school and college age workers who worked last year and earned the minimum amount to receive the rebate.

However, keep in mind, the rebate is based on your 2008 income, and the rebate calculation will be run again when your taxes are due in 2009. So if your dependent status changes between now and the time you file taxes next year, you may still receive the rebate in 2009.

When will I get my economic stimulus rebate check?

If you filed your tax return by the April 15th deadline, you will receive your rebate check automatically starting May 2. For those who elected to receive their rebate check via electronic deposit, checks will begin being sent by the IRS on May 2nd. For those who will receive their check via mail, the checks will be sent starting May 16. If you filed your taxes late or filed for an extension, you may not receive your rebate check for several weeks after you file, and there have been some reports that it may take several months to receive your rebate.

Update: The economic stimulus checks will be sent out a week early.

I did not receive the economic stimulus rebate letter in the mail. Will I still get the rebate?

Yes, you will. The letter was only sent out to remind people what was happening and to explain when the rebate checks will be sent. The rebates will be sent automatically, so there is nothing you need to do to receive your check.

What if I moved?

To ensure you receive your rebate, you will need to file a Form 8822 with the IRS and a change of address notice with the U.S. Postal Service. This will ensure your check is sent to your new address. Without your current address, the check could be returned to the IRS as undeliverable. You would still get it, it would just take longer because it would have to go through the IRS system.

How does the rebate affect my taxes in 2009?

There is some misconception about the stimulus package; it is not a loan on your 2009 taxes. You do not pay it back. The IRS eliminated the 10% bracket for the first $6000 of taxable income (AGI). The rebate is a credit to reflect the new tax laws.

If you did not qualify for the rebate based on the taxes you filed in 2008, but your situation changes when you file your taxes in 2009, you may be eligible for the difference if it is in your favor. If the change is not in your favor, you will not have to pay the difference.

I am having wages garnished by the IRS. Will this affect my rebate check?

It may. If it does, the IRS will send you a notification letter explaining where the money went and why. Some examples of this could be past due taxes, student loans, wage garnishments, or child support. If you have further questions, contact the IRS.

Can I use the money from the rebate check for whatever I want?

Yes, you can. Once the money is sent to you, it is yours to do with whatever you want (though if you have legal obligations to take care of, you might want to do that). I ran an economic stimulus poll on my site regarding how readers plan on using their rebate checks. This is a completely unscientific poll, but over 500 people have responded. So far, over 40% of the responses indicate the reader will use the rebate check to reduce debt. Saving/Investing follows that with 31%. Feel free to leave your vote if you haven’t already!

I filed for an extension on my taxes. Will I still receive the rebate?

Yes. The rebates are based on taxpayers’ 2007 tax returns. Those who file extensions or file late would likely receive their checks later than regular filers, a U.S. Treasury spokesman said last week. The checks will be sent out automatically; taxpayers don’t need to apply.

Can I check the status of my rebate with the IRS?

You can easily check the status of your rebate at the IRS website. The IRS created a web based tool to help you track the status of your economic stimulus rebate. You will need to have your tax return handy because you will need to input some key information from your return, including your SSN, filing status, and number of exemptions. The tool will locate your information in the database and give you the status of your rebate.

Important note about rebate tracker: The IRS recommends using the Payment Schedule prior to using the payment tracker since your payment information will not be available on this tool until the time that your payment is scheduled.

My rebate was lower than it was supposed to be!

There could be several reasons, such as the amount of taxable income you earned, any back taxes or other obligations that may have been owed the IRS, or something else. Also, if you primary form of income was from Social Security or Veterans Disability, it is likely you will only receive $300.

I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator, then contacting the IRS if the numbers are different. Good luck.

Is my rebate check taxable?

No! 🙂

Update: The economic stimulus checks will be sent out a week early.

Will there be another stimulus check?

There have been a lot of questions regarding another stimulus check. I have covered that topic in the following articles:

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1 Lynnae @ Being

So what you’re saying is that there may actually be some small benefit to my whole fiasco with the annuity we inherited? Our income is going to look a lot higher than normal, meaning we’ll owe more taxes for 2007 (though our AGI will still be under $75,000). And our income will drop significantly in 2008.

Thanks for explaining this. It’s very confusing.

2 JvW

Thanks for the explanation! I have been wondering about this and trying to understand it better. Although I am going to have to disappoint the government and not stimulate the economy with the rebate – mine is going to my debt!

3 Ryan

Lynnae, I believe the $75,000 AGI is per person and $150,000 for couples. So you may get the full rebate this year ($600 per adult, and $300 per child).

JvW, I am going to disappoint the government as well – my money will go toward savings. 🙂

4 Ron@TheWisdomJournal

It’s going straight to debt reduction for me. I’ve paid in well over $30,000 in taxes for 2007 and this is going straight to the Citicard unless I have it paid off first! Then it’s going to either the student loan or to finish paying on the oldest’s braces. That $200/month for braces is killing me.

5 My Dollar Plan

I guess there is incentive now to file on time and not for an extension! I will have to let the IRS know we have an additional child.

6 Ryan

Ron, as much as the government wants people to go out and spend money to help the economy, I can’t help but think that on a macro scale, debt reduction is just as good, if not better then outright spending – especially if that spending means taking on more debt. On a micro level (i.e. your bottom line), it is probably the best possible thing you can do! I hope you get that debt knocked out quickly! 🙂

7 Laura

I’m just happy they won’t ask for your tax rebate back.

8 Pinyo @ Moolanomy

Looks like I will be getting $900 in tax rebate. I am going to save it. Awesome. 🙂

9 David

“I’m just happy they won’t ask for your tax rebate back.”

They will, in the form of new taxes someday. The government is borrowing all this money to hand it out; they are going to have to repay it somehow. 🙂

10 Ryan

Pinyo, I’m going to save my money as well. That is the best thing for my current situation. 🙂

David, you are 100% correct. I am not a fan of this “stimulus package” but it has already passed. The only thing I can do is cash the check, or refuse the check, and I’m surely not going to do the latter! But I will save that money, because I know that one day, someone will come calling for it. How and when, I don’t know. It might even be in the form of diminished or no social security benefits, so as long as I save it toward retirement, I will be fine. 😉

11 Richard

How do they detemine children? Is is the dependent test or the up to 16 used for the child tax credit? I have 17, 19 and 23 year olds in school. It si either $900 more or none for the kids.

12 Ryan

Richard, I believe that if you can claim your children as dependents on your taxes, then you will automatically receive the rebate.

13 Adfecto

The stimulus package isn’t all bad folks. The interest rate the government is going to pay on the borrowed money is very very low (like 4.25%). If foreigners want to give us their money for such a low return I am fine with that. Our economy (even running a trade deficit) will churn out a better than 4.25% return on the capital! For numbers and references that back this up you can check out one of my blog posts from a while back, but seriously the debt is not the huge worry that everyone seems to think it is. Think of it the same way as a business borrowing money for growth; they may pay double the 4.25% and we still giddily buy up their stock.

14 George Trook

We have an annual income of $32,000. At this rate we do not file an income tax return, per the instructions. How do we apply for the stimulus package money ?? How does the Gov know we are eligible ??GIT

15 ShaRon Kelly

I am a new small(very small) business owner who would like to get more information on the stimulas package for businesses. I operate a canoe rental business and want to know if I would be able to get a 50% reduction on my business taxes if I purchase new equipment (Canoes, Kayaks, Vehicles & other related outdoor equipment) for our business.
There is little information on this part of the 2008 economic stimulus package that passed. Everybody talks about the rebate check, but this could be huge for the small business owner.
If anyone knows more about this please post it on this website’s commets post page.

16 denise pelletier

Do those that don’t file income tax.Do they get a rebate? Thank you

17 Ryan

Denise, I believe the rebate checks are automatically sent to everyone who qualifies, but the qualifications are based on filed tax returns. Even if your income isn’t high enough to warrant a tax return, you should file this year. It is the only way you can receive a rebate check.

18 Joann

Will the rebate checks be sent out going by last numbers of your social security number or letters beginning of your last name?

19 Ryan

Joann, to be honest, I haven’t heard. All I know is that they should be sent out starting around May if you file on time. If you miss the April 15 deadline, it may take until December or so to receive your rebate check.

20 Jared

You will have to file a tax return to be eligible to receive the rebate.

21 Ryan

Jared, thanks for the comment. I must have replied to George directly instead of posting the answer here as well!

22 F Rivaldo

I am buying the most expensive big screen HDTV that this will buy and above the HDTV in a frame will be President George Bushs name with a great of thanks. Love Antonio

23 lamb

I don’t make but around 30-35k either but still file taxes. Are you sure not eligible for a low income tax credit ? I just discovered on the or tax act freedom web site you can file your taxes for free or half the cost of the normal turbo tax rate and is turbo tax. very user friendly and easy to use. please file your taxes for money due to you and for your rebate check other wise no check

24 Jennifer

My question is were can i find this form on the stimulus package and how do i fill it out.

25 mary in riverside R I 3/10/08

my husband passed away in 06 i filed single and sent it in now inthe newpaper it said my husband can get it also even though he is deceased. i was told that they will look ar your and his record i sure hope so

26 Ryan

Jennifer, the rebate will be automatically sent to you based on your 2007 tax returns. As long as you file returns and qualify for the rebate, you will receive it automatically.

Mary, I am very sorry to hear about your husband. I have not heard or read anything about a situation like yours, so the only thing I can do is refer you to the IRS page explaining the system, or recommend you speak with a tax professional. I wish you the best.

27 Cristy

The government will dtermine the amount of money you get by your tax documents. This is why they are having people on SSI and people who normally would not file taxes file this year. I have already done 2 people’s taxes this year that will be receiving the rebate that did not even pay in any taxes

28 Lynn

So let me see if I have this straight… I generally average a $700 rebate every year when I file taxes. I’m eligible for the $600 rebate in May/June. So bascially, when I file my taxes next year (’09) I’ll only get $100 back?? Doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose of this stimulus package? Won’t the economy just be in worst shape next year if people don’t have the extra money to spend to stimulate the economy?

29 Pudden

I am obviously having a brain knot moment… What I had been told was that if you were going to get, say, $1000 tax refund in 2008 that you will now only get $400 because you received $600 of it in May of this year. Now I am understanding that this $600 ($300 or $1200 or, or) is in ADDITION to your usual refund. Ok…so,which is it? Thanks.

30 Ryan

Hello Pudden, The Stimulus Rebate check will not affect the refund you get this year, which is for your 2007 taxes. The refund is actually a change in the tax laws that takes effect for 2008 taxes, which will be filed in early 2009. However, the government wants to give people the money now so they can go out and spend it and hopefully help out the economy.

This will not affect your 2007 taxes, and is in ADDITION to your usual refund.

31 Ryan

Lynn, I understand your point 100%. It’s too early to tell how this will affect next year’s taxes for a lot of people, but you are correct when you mention this comes from next year’s taxes. However, it is due to a change in the tax laws, so it is possible you will get roughly the same amount as in the past, in addition to this rebate.

As for the economy… Who knows? I don’t like the look of it now, and I’m not sure it will get better between now and then. I think we have a long way to go.

32 Rachel

I got my notice in the mail stating that a rebate check may be coming my way. However, it also stated that those who can be claimed as dependants on someone else’s taxes might not recieve a rebate, which applies to me. I most definetly earned enough to get the rebate, but what I’m wondering is if I will be getting one at all. If there’s anybody that can offer me some advice or an answer. I can’t seem to find one anywhere. Thank you!

33 Ryan

Rachel, If someone can claim you as a dependent (your parents for example), then they will get the rebate, not you. Otherwise the government would be paying out a rebate to the person claiming you as a dependent and to you, which would be twice the rebate.

You may want to double check with the IRS or an accountant for your particular situation. Good luck!

34 Matt

alright I am considered a dependent (I am 21), I meet all qualifications, I am eligible for the check?

35 Ryan

Matt, I believe only one person can claim the rebate, so if you are a dependent, you probably cannot also receive the rebate. YOu may want to double check with the IRS.

36 Matt

OK, I found the answer. I will not be receiving the check, and my parents will also not receive anything for me (since I am over 17). If you ask me it is a bunch of bull. I made over 3,000, and filed federal taxes. I will not receive any payment, and my parents will also not receive anything. Pretty much screwed just like everyone else in my age group.

37 Ryan

Matt, There may still be hope for you to get the rebate, although it might not come until next year.

The rebate is actually a “pre-bate” for 2008 taxes that will be paid in 2009. it is only based on 2007 income. So if you are no longer a dependent in 2008, you should get the rebate anyway.

When you file your 2008 taxes in early 2009, the rebate calculation will be run again. If you should have received a larger rebate, the treasury will send you another check to make up the difference.

38 Matt

check out the irs homepage.

you cannot be a dependent and you also have to be under the age of 17.

39 Matt

I honestly can’t believe the government left this age group out of the package. We would be the ones to go out and spend the money.

40 Brian

Straight into my index funds!

41 George

The amount that you receive is just a loan from your next years tax refund.

The rebates are tied to a reduction of the 10% bracket from 10% to zero for the first $6,000 of taxable income in 2008.

“I guess they need some legal basis to give a rebate check so that’s what they came up with,”

“That would be tied to the 2008 return. That’s similar to (the 2001 tax rebate),

so basically you would reflect the rebate check as sort of a prepayment on your 2008 return.”

42 Ryan

George, it’s not really a loan – they are changing the way taxes are going to be computed so it is really a rebate on taxes you will pay next year. Calling it a loan implies that you have to pay something back, but the IRS has emphatically stated no one will have to repay the rebate.

43 Derek

Well, I guess since I am 18 and going to college as a dependant, I get nothing. This confuses me. I think people in my position would be more likely to go out and spend it than someone with an electric bill to pay.

44 brandon

im 21 and i filed my taxes

i was confused tho because noone is claiming me as a dependant but tachnically they CAN until im 24(i think). I know thats how it is with financial aid and earned income credit. So basically my question is..

if im 21 and noone is claiming me as a dependant, am i eligable? thx in advance

45 Ryan

Brandon, If no one is claiming you as a dependent, then you will get the rebate. I believe parents can only claim you as a dependent if you are in college or they are otherwise supporting you. Just make sure you file taxes and earned the minimum required amount and you should receive the rebate.

46 dave

Since I payed this year, will they send me the check or direct deposit it. Also, is there any way to check the status of it? In other words, can you periodically check to see if it has been sent yet, once they start sending them out?

47 Ryan

Dave, You will probably receive your rebate check the same way you paid your taxes. If you mailed your tax payment, you will likely receive your rebate via the mail unless you gave the IRS your direct deposit information on your tax return. If you paid electronically, you will likely receive your rebate electronically.

48 Kali

I have a different situation that is confusing me. For example, if you filed taxes, but owed back child support and the government took your tax return to go toward that, will you still get the stimulus check or will they apply that toward the child support owed as well? Any information will help. Thanks!

49 Ryan

Frugal Dad, I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather. I hope things turn out well.

50 Ryan

Kali, The IRS has stated they will take the rebate checks if they are currently garnishing wages. If this happens, you will receive a letter regarding where the money went and why.

Here is some more info regarding the economic stimulus package:

51 Frugal Dad

Excellent review of the tax rebate – I think you covered all the bases for us here in this one single post. Great job!

We plan to save all of our rebate check. Initially we were planning to put some in savings, spend a little and use the rest for debt repayment. However, my grandfather may be facing a difficult surgery and recovery process soon, so we are piling up money in case he needs our help.

52 Ron@TheWisdomJournal

I have it figured pretty close, but the amount we receive should pretty much pay off the last credit card. Woo Hoo!

53 Trent Hamm

Two adults, two young children … $1,800 check. We’re looking forward to it.

54 Austin Chu

Great review by the way. I work for company that tracks and manages gift card, and we blogged about it recently on I know there are many ways to use your stimulus. I just want to warn the public that are some IRS scams, so just be careful how and what you spend it on. Also, retailers are now offering 10% bonuses when you exchange your stimulus for retailer gift cards. Be careful when decide to do this. Even though it may sound like a good deal to get $630 for $600. Consider this: last year $100B was spent on gift cards and $8B was lost/unredeemed. Cards will be lost and stimulus not being spent. Not only will this deepen the hole in our economy, it will leave your pocket feeling empty. My advice? Put it towards debt, save it, heck put it towards that HDTV you’ve always wanted. I’d rather see the sweat roll off Kobe Bryant’s brow than see my IRS stimulus disappear when I lost my wallet with all my gift cards. At least you have a TV that Uncle Sam helped you finance.

55 George King

In case you haven’t heard the folks of Juneau, AK will be paying in excess of .50 per kilowatt watt for electricity starting next month. We currently pay about .13 per kwh. Reason for the increase, an avalanche took out a high power transmission line from the hydroelectric generating facility running to Juneau. Now we are paying for the electricity being generated with diesel fuel. Hadn’t planned on spending our rebate for electricity but what the heck.

56 Ryan

George, I’m sorry to hear about that. Not only does that cost you all a ton of extra money, but it is also much worse for the environment. I hope they repair the power lines soon!

57 CJ

Great job compiling all the stimulus check questions. But I have managed to come up with another question! Anyone know if someone who owed taxes when they filed an April 15th, filed electronically, and hasn’t mailed the check yet, will get his boost check? Or will it be applied to his 2007 taxes? Ironically, amount owed is within $100 of the amount calculated for a stimulus check! This mentioned taxpayer could not find out the evening of 4/15, when he was frantically trying to file, the answer to the question (which was so eloquently answered here) about getting a check if filed an extension. Now we realize he could have filed an extension, got a check, paid off the debts that have a higher interest rate than this year’s tax liability, and then later in the year filed and paid his income tax. Just trying to juggle the money.

58 Ryan


If the taxes were filed electronically, the rebate should be paid in the first batch. However, since he hasn’t paid, I’m not sure if that will affect the rebate being sent out. I would also expect some penalties for late payment.

From what I understand, the IRS will not apply rebate checks toward tax bills.

59 Samantha

Okay so you said if you didnt get the notice letter in the mail you will still get it? I got mine, and my fiance filed head of household and our daughter was on his taxes, but he never got a notice in the mail like I did…why not?

60 Ryan

Samantha, the notice on the mail is just a reminder. It has no bearing on whether you will or will not receive the rebate. If you filed your taxes on times and otherwise meet the criteria, you should get your rebate check as scheduled.

61 Natalie

So if I worked full-time, yet my parents claimed me, will i get a stimulus check? I am 20.

62 Ryan


Unfortunately, no. The IRS is not giving rebates for dependents over the age of 17. This applies to both the parents and the dependent. However, if they do not claim you next year, you may be eligible for the refund because the IRS will rerun the calculations.

63 erika

My son was 16 at the end of 2007, but, turned 17 on Jan 3.
Are they taking the age of our dependents at the end of the tax year, or, as of now?

64 Ryan

Erika, I believe it is for the end of tax year.

65 sharon scrivens

hello i filled out the form to find out how much my stimulas would be they said i may get 600hundred dollars or it may be reduced if i have a tax libility .sorry but what does that mean.

66 Johnny

I am having my dependent social security disablility payment garnished due to overpayment of a previous return. If me and my spouse file a joint return for the stimulus packet can my spouses payment be affected due to my garnishment

67 Ryan


I apologize, but I don’t have the answer to that question. I would recommend contacting the IRS or a tax professional.

68 Ryan

Sharon, It means that you will get the full $600 rebate unless you have another tax obligation such as an additional withholding from the IRS, or a tax garnishment. Examples of these could include things like overdue student loans or child support, unpaid taxes, or unpaid medical bills. You would most likely know if this situation applied to you.

69 Jenni

How about if you filed Injured spouse? My husband owes some back child support and so we filed that for me, but we havent gotten our federal refund because of the longer time to process. So 1 will that effect the timing on the stimulus, and 2 will that effect the amount of the stimulus check?

70 Ideal4Investors

Excellent review! Thanks and I will link to it from my blog.

71 todd

How do you know if you fall in the 800,000 people who will receive their direct deposit Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday or if you are one of the 5 million who will receive theirs on Friday? thanks

72 Ryan

Todd, I don’t know. The IRS hasn’t announced who the first 800,000 people will be. I would just recommend checking your bank account to see if you have received a direct deposit form the Treasury.

73 Ryan

Jenni, I’m sorry, but I don’t know the answers to your questions. I would recommend contacting the IRS or a certified tax professional about this.

Ideal4Investors , thanks!



75 Maria

Thanks for the concise guide! We filed an extension so I was curious how that would affect my stimulus check … thanks for the answer!

76 Felicia

Will I receive a Stimulus check if I owe federal taxes? Or will the money be applied to my balance that I owe?

77 Ryan


Once the forms are sent in, it is settled. It is too late to make changes at that point.

78 Tracie

Help! I filed electronically, but recieved my refund in the mail. What will happen now with the rebate? Will it be directly deposited like the refund should have been or should I watch the mail?

79 Lauren

I electronically filed my tax return and am eligible for the rebate. My refund was direct deposited into an account that is now closed. Will my rebate be mailed automatically or do I need to start calling the IRS?

80 Ryan

Lauren, The IRS may attempt to deposit your rebate, but when they determine the account is closed, they will mail it. It wouldn’t hurt to call the IRS though, to let them know the situation.

81 Rome N. Colorado

Since there is a new update and payments are going out earlier then published * What does the new schedule look like?

82 C.Chestnut

If I was suppose to receive my economic stimulus check on April 28, 2008 and I still haven’t received it yet, who should I contact???

83 Ryan

Rene, I’m not sure. The IRS may use the rebate for the funds that you owe them I would contact the IRS to be sure.

C.Chestnut, Because the IRS jumbled things up a little bit, I would give them a day or two, just to be safe. If you still haven’t heard back, then I would contact the IRS.

84 Joe

If my tax refund was given to back child support and now i am no longer behind in payments will the rebate money still go to support enforcement because my refund was never deposited into my account but into the support enforcement account

85 Ryan

Joe, I don’t have an answer for you there. Because your situation is changing, I would contact the IRS for more details.

86 rene lavergne

I owe taxes from previous years but I make payments on them. I allso owe for this years taxes and tryed to arrange payment plan for these taxes but they said I had to wait three weeks before I could set them up, will I still get the stimulas refund?

87 Erika


88 Ryan

Erika, If you elected to have your rebate sent via direct deposit, you will receive it that way, probably within a couple weeks. Otherwise you will receive it via the mail. This is something you would have done when you filed your taxes, so you will have to go back and check what you filed.

89 Pam

what if your disabled

90 peg

I did direct deposit with h&r block will i get my refund from the president direct deposit our last two digits is 18. and when can i expect it

91 michelle

my ss ends 37 so when would i receive my check by
direct deposit. i know the original date was may 9
but i have checked my bank account and no refund.i also have a school loan but i pay that monthly does that effect my check thanks a bunch

92 Ryan

Peg, probably via direct deposit. You should probably get it by the end of next week.

Michelle, you may receive it up to a week earlier than scheduled.

93 Rachel

What if you had to pay taxes – when will you get the economic stimulus? I had the money directly withdrawn from my account. Does that mean I will receive the stimulus by May 2?

94 Belle

I only receive social secuity for my income. I receive 576.00 per month which makes my income appox 6000.00 yr. I filed my taxes for free with the senior Aarp program and they didnt fill out anything about the stimulas program on my form. when I asked about it, they said it was a differnt thing that they didnt know how it worked or if I would get any money back. Can you tell me if I qualify for a check and hif so, will it come in the mail or direct deposit like my SS checks arrive? I am very confused and not even sure I will get a check.

95 Big Mack

If filling a joint return do they go off of the first SSN? I should have recieved my return on the 28th and have yet to see it.

96 Graysee

I’m a single head of household and my last two are 00 and no sighting of the $$$ yet. Yes, I filed my 07 return electronically and in Feb. Is Dubya telling the truth????

97 MIke

I was wondering what amount I would expect to get back if my income was 13,595 in social security and my wifes was 19,782 and are AGI
is 33,236 WE also have to children ages 10 and
15 I couldnt get a answer would you let Me know many thanks in advance

98 MIke

Graycee What I under stand is they sent somany out the 28 and tue and wed are sending a addttional 800.000 each day via direct deposit mailed checks dont start until the 2nd I do believe and fridays they send a little more then the 800.000

99 MIke

Bigmack yes they go off the main payee or first entry soif your listed before your spouse they will use yours or hers if it was vice versa

100 MIke

Belle I do know you are entitled to the rebate My guess is if your single you will receive 300.00 but that is My guess thats by what I understand but I do know you will get one if you have children at home under the age limit then its additional 300.00 per child..

101 Madelyn Smoak

What I would like to know is: My son has no job, but did work in ’07. He filed a return and he wants to know if he will receive a rebate or will it go to some other agency?

102 Ryan


It depends on his earnings (over $3k), and whether or not he was listed as a dependent on someone else’s taxes. If he is over 17 and a dependent, he will not receive a rebate.

103 Samantha

Hey everyone they finally got the Wheres my Rebate/stimulus thing up and going on you go to Rebate Payment questions and down under Payments start after other stuff it will say “Where’s My stimulus Payment?” It will take you to another short page, read it then click on the underlined Wheres my stimulus payment and follow directions. Make sure you have tax forms with you if you are unsure how to do the 3 steps. Have a great day everyone! By the way, it wouldnt give me a date for mine, but it did my Fiance’s so IDK whats up with that but I think you need to be closer to the time your’s is scheduled to see so we will see what happens. Good luck!

104 kristen

I am currently repaying a federal student loan. They mentioned that the payments might be put against student loans. Is this for past due payments or just against the loan in general?

105 Lucy

Just thought I’d let people know…my friend got hers yesterday last two of ss 08. Mine is 12 and nothing yet.

106 Samantha

Kristen-If there is anything that might “offset” your taxes you can call this number to find out for sure. 1-800-304-3107 All you have to do is follow the number selections and then type your Soc Sec # and the automated lady will tell you if there could be anything that may effect it. Have a good day.

107 diane

i had asked last week will my step son be getting a check if his only source of living is SSI?????

108 caroline

My husband and I filed our taxes direcy deposit. The last 2 digets of his social security number is 12, It is may 2nd Why is’nt the money in our bank account?

109 Ryan


If your step son was not a dependent over the age of 17 on someone else’s taxes, received $3,00 or more from Social Security, and filed his taxes by the April 15th deadline, he may be eligible for a rebate. for more information check out the IRS Economic Stimulus Information Center page.

110 Ryan

Belle, You will not have to fill out anything separate to receive the rebate. On first glance, it appears as though you qualify, but I cannot say for certain. If you included your direct deposit info when you filed your taxes, then you will receive your rebate via direct deposit. Otherwise, you will receive a paper check.

111 Ryan

Big Mack, Yes, the first SSN. You should receive it by May 2nd, but it may take time to clear your bank.

112 Ryan

Graysee, If you were scheduled to receive your rebate in the first batch, but have not yet received it, please be patient. Keep in mind that the payment is scheduled to be received by the date listed, but that it may arrive in the late afternoon and take additional time before it registers with your bank. Depending on your bank’s policies it may take several hours, or even a day or two before it clears.

113 Nan

My ssn ends in “00”. It’s now May 2nd. I paid taxes this year, which were direct debited out of my bank account in March. I have not seen my stimulus check in my bank account. When I use the IRS “where is it” tool it says my information is in error (it’s not). I spent 40 minutes on hold with the IRS at the third number I had to call to get a live person a little while ago. They said that since I’d paid taxes and not had a refund direct deposited into my account, I would get a paper check mailed on May 16th. I asked why they couldn’t use the bank account info they had for taking money OUT of my bank and the woman said it was because that wasn’t a “direct deposit” information. I asked her how to make it “direct deposit” information, since nobody had ever mentioned that it was possible to do so and she said there wasn’t any way, to just sit and wait for the check.

Which, theoretically, is in the mail.

114 Nan

PS I am also single head of household, as is someone above who hasn’t gotten theirs. A few years ago they held up payments to heads of households for some sort of verification. Do you think they’re doing this again?

115 april

If I owe for out of state taxes on a vehicle will I get my stimulus check? We had tried to set payments up with them but never have heard back.. Do you have an answer for this question? Thanks in advance

116 Lucy

I called the irs today because we were supposed to get ours by today (last two of ss 12). The reason why we havent recieved it yet is because we filed through turbo tax and had the fees taken out of our refund. So by doing this our taxes were sent to the bank that turbo tax uses then they direct deposited it to ours. Which is considered second party. So I was told that we will get a paper check by the 23rd. Hope this helps!

117 Terry

I am individual no dependents and received only 300.00? What do you have to make to receive 600.00?

118 Heather

All this is so overwhelming. I called the IRS directly 6 times and got a different answer each time!!Our circumstances are, We filed an injured spouse claim, Which i found out that you will only get half the amount you were supposed to get to begin with
2.We never recieved one of those notification letters evan though we are eligable
3.WE did out taxes online through tax act*Direct Deposit* and had them take their feees out of our refund,Well according to some websites and two IRS agents If you did that or a RAL, you will be maileda paper check.
So who knows what is going on here??? I have gotten so many differnt responses and the IRS just cant answer when or how i will get mine

119 Ruth Goldman

Thanks for the explanation. Because we are on a low income we only get $300 person. That is a misstatement by the feds who said that people get back $600. But what can you expect from a government that will take it back from people that can least afford it.

120 Ryan

Heather, I’m sorry to hear your situation is complicated. I don’t have all the answers, but I will help where I can.
1. I don’t know about this situation, so I can’t help.
2. You don’t need to receive a letter to be eligible for the rebate.
3. If you receive a RAL you will likely receive a paper check. This is because your tax refund was actually direct deposited into the tax preparer’s account.

I hope this helps.

121 Johnny

I am married filing separately. I receive Social Security disability and Veterans disability benefits. My total benefits total around $50,000.00. I am claiming my son on my stimulus return. Since a married couple receive 1200.00, shouldn’t I receive 600.00 for myself and 300 for my son.

122 Ryan

Johnny, because most of your earnings were from disability, it can affect your rebate because of your tax obligations. For many people receiving disability benefits, the rebate is $300. I don’t know exactly how this will affect you, so I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator, or contacting the IRS.

123 Joe Marano

Hello folks,

I am 18 years of age, a full time college student and have 2 part-time jobs with a gross income of well over 3,000 per year. My parents claim me as a dependent, so does that mean no check for me??

If so, I will picket with a sign for a few hours to let off some steam.

124 Ryan


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like you will need to get your picket sign ready. The rebate is only good for dependents under the age of 17. Since your parents claimed you this year, you will not be eligible for the rebate. Sorry.

125 Lori

My husband works, but I don’t. We file our taxes jointly, will I still qualify for any money?

126 shannon

My Husbands ss ends in 07. It is May 4th and we still have not recieved his refund. We did our taxes in February and they were direct deposited by the us treasury 220 on our bank statement. What shoul we do?

127 Ryan


You should both be eligible for the rebate, depending on income levels and other factors. Use the official stimulus rebate calculator to see what your rebate situation should be. You will need your tax return to complete the on-line tool.

128 Ryan


Try using the official stimulus payment tracker on the IRS site. That should give you some info regarding your rebate. If that doesn’t work, I recommend contacting the IRS.

129 Bart

We received our stimulus check for $1200. We have 4 kids ages, 8, 15, 17 (almost 18), and 20. I think our check should have included the 2 younger kids. Can anyone explain why it didn’t?

130 Shannon

We owe a small amount of taxes to another state we just found out ,and we did our taxes at Tax Act but we had it direct deposited into our account in 2 weeks no ral or anything will our leftover rebate be direct deposited still or will it be mailed?

131 T

I am a mother who is owed over $18K in back child support. My Ex NEVER files taxes. Will a stimulus refund be generated for him and sent to me even if he does not file??

132 Ryan


I can’t say for certain. usually the IRS will withhold rebates if you owe Federal Taxes, I don’t know about state taxes. I would contact the IRS.


The rebate will only be generated for those who file taxes. If your ex doesn’t file taxes, he will not receive a rebate. I’m sorry.

133 Ryan

Hello Bart, it seems like your check should have included a rebate for your two younger children (dependents under the age of 18). Use the IRS rebate calculator to check your estimated rebate, then contact the IRS if there are any discrepancies.

134 lula

Does anyone knows why the IRS is not doing the direct deposited on the hr block card. It has a routing and account number on it. And I receive my payroll checks on it, every two weeks. Can this be changed so I can get my money earlier. I don’t want to way until june 20th. Can someone help me? I have called the IRS and get a dumb automated machine and no live person. No on as a answer. I am wondering because I have heard so many rumors.

135 Jenn

I was reading that it says if you paid with a credit card for your tax filing fees you would still get direct deposit? However from everything I am reading above even though I had direct deposit because uses a third party bank I will get a paper check? As many others have stated my banking information is clearly on my tax returns and I cant figure out if I am getting a check or a direct deposit. I did notice on the website they changed the notice because yesterday it mentioned NOTHING about if you used an online service or something such as HR Block that you basically wont get a direct deposit even though thats how you filed. Oh well my last 2 numbers end in 81 so I will be waiting for awhile apparently. If anyone has any answers I would appreciate it. I read through all the comments and its all confusing me at this point.

136 Jenn

One other question I was also reading that if my ex spouse is behind on child support they would reduce his rebate? Does the back child support have to be a certain amount? He owed me close to 2000 this year they took his taxes of 1100 and I am still waiting for that money I guess I have to wait 6 months for that. That would still leave him owing me 900. Someone told me it has to be over a certain amount for them to take his rebate as well. If anyone knows the answer that would be great.

137 riva

i am supposed to get the stimulus package directly deposited to my bank account but I had to close the account a few weeks ago. Does any one know what i can do to get the stimulus package?

138 Ryan


The IRS will attempt to send it to your account, but when they realize it has been closed, they will send you a paper check. However, it may be delayed a little bit.

139 daynah

I received an overpayment notice from the IRS dated March 17, 2008 stating that we had been overpaid the prior year due to some unemployment that had not been reported because it was an overpayment that was repaid. The notice stated that I have 90 days before the decision is permenant so I am sending them the proof that the unempoyment had been repaid. Since the tax refund overpayment decision would not be permanant until June 17 will we still get our stimulus? We did receive a refund for last year that was direct deposited so I am expecting out stimulus to come next week. Any insight on our situation> Thanks!

140 Ryan


From what I understand, the IRS has a policy not to send rebates to those cards. So far as I know, there is no way to receive your rebate early.

141 Ryan


If your refund went through a 3rd party bank, there is a good chance you will receive a paper check. If your refund went directly to your bank account, there is a good chance you will receive a direct deposit. However, there have been some people who thought they would receive a direct deposit who are receiving paper checks, and they don’t know why. Unfortunately, the best thing you can do is call the IRS (which may take a long time to get through), or wait it out.

Good luck.

142 Ryan


Regarding back child support, I read the IRS would garnish the rebates, but I have no idea what the limits are or when you might receive the money.

143 Ryan


The IRS has reported that some people’s rebates may be delayed if there tax situation is still pending at the time the rebates are supposed to go out. Your best bet is to contact the IRS about your individual case.

144 daynah

Thanks for the information…I did call the automated financial management service to determine if an offset would occur and no debts were found under my social or my husbands so hopefully that is a good sign. When I try to check status of my stimulus on-line or by phone it says it cannot give specific information. However we are still over a week from the anticipated direct deposit date. Would you know… does the automated financial management service also report offsets due to prior year federal taxes? Thanks again for the information…

145 daynah

Meant to send this as a reply… Also we did receive a notification from the IRS stating that we are eligible for the stimulus. Thanks for the information…I did call the automated financial management service to determine if an offset would occur and no debts were found under my social or my husbands so hopefully that is a good sign. When I try to check status of my stimulus on-line or by phone it says it cannot give specific information. However we are still over a week from the anticipated direct deposit date. Would you know… does the automated financial management service also report offsets due to prior year federal taxes? Thanks again for the information…

146 B

The last 2 of my SS are 88,and my regular refund was direct deposited, so I was expecting my stimulus payment to be direct deposited by Friday 5/16, per the IRS schedule. BUT, as it turns out, I just learned today from the IRS website that if your filing fees were deducted from you 2007 tax rebate, then you will be receiving a paper check, rather than direct deposit. This is quite a blow considering my ss # is 88 and now I will not get my check until July 11th, per the paper check schedule. Why did the IRS wait so long to post this info? What else is going to change? Anyone else angered by this??

147 Heather

I just found out the same thing last week!! our numbers are 89, We did direct deposit with the fees taken out of our refund too!! The IRS told us 10 days ago we would recieve our rebate via direct deposit by may 9. Well, that all changed the next week. It is a major blow. We had our car repaired with our rent money and now we have to fend off someone for help. Never trust the government~

148 B

Yes, Heather, this is a major blow. We have not spent the money yet (thank God!) but we sure had plans to “stimulate” the economy this month! Now we have to wait until July since we will be one of the last ones to get this paper check. I had my regular refund direct deposited by the first week of Feb. this year. But since the filing fees, which were like $25, were taken out of my refund, I have to wait. If the IRS knew this, why did they wait until this week to state that? How many others out there are in this situation? If your filing fees are not taken out of your refund amount, how else do you pay them? I have never done it any other way. I hope you make it through alright.

149 Jenn

Heather and B I totally agree with you on the “false” direct deposits because a lot of people were counting on that. I didnt spend mine either yet however I really needed it to pay for my kids summer daycare program which cost me $530 total with all of my four kids. I have no idea how to pay for it now because I thought that would be there. The daycare is requesting it be paid by June 1st and being a single parent of four kids and on a tight budget I am scared out of my mind. I am really disappointed that the IRS failed to tell people this or make it public info until yesterday. I too will have to wait till July and I think thats crappy. I love the people that act like its no big deal it might not be to some but others who are on budgets and truely need the extra funds are hurting now and then we have to wait even longer. I feel like we are being pentalized because I would have filed differently and paid for it with a CC rather than had it deducted.

150 B

I called the IRS because I really could not believe this was true until I heard it from them. And of course, it is true! If your regular refund was direct deposited but said “TAX REFUND PER RAL”, you are getting a paper check. Only if it says “TAX REFUND PER US TREASURY” is it a legit “direct deposit” from the IRS. Would have been REAL nice to know this a week or 2 ago. Maybe they’ll get some motivation and get these checks out early. Its not so much an economic stimulus now when millions of Americans will not recieve their check until late summer!

151 elmar d

I recieved my check last night it was 1/2 what notifaction letter there a reason for this

152 Ryan


There could be several reasons, such as the amount of taxable income you earned, any back taxes or other obligations that may have been owed the IRS, or something else. Also, if you primary form of income was from Social Security or Veterans Disability, it is likely you will only receive $300.

I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator, then contacting the IRS if the numbers are different. Good luck.

153 cherie

owe state taxes of 450.00….will offset? and if so…will balance be direct deposit or will their be a delay?

154 Ryan


yes, I’ve heard it will offset, and I would probably expect some sort of delay and probably a a paper check. But I can’t give you any time estimation. I would recommend contacting the IRS for that.

155 april

Yes, I too was one of the ones that will receive a paper check due to the fees taking out of my tax check… This is terrible.. I was expecting my in by May 9th, but not now.. I called the IRS yesterday and they said if you paid for the fees by personal check or cash it would be direct deposited but if it was taken out of your tax check, it would be mailed.. I am very upset by this as I need mine now like everyone else…

156 B

Right April. It is not fair. How can the economy be so quickly stimulated now that millions of Americans will not receive the payment until late summer? Perhaps Bush should intervene and motivate the IRS to get the checks out quicker. The whole problem would have been resolved had the IRS notified everyone that was expecting direct deposit that they would get a paper check if they filed this way. But they wait until May 1st to post this info, after millions of people were already expecting their direct deposits this week, or next. And some people already spent the anticipated money!

157 daynah

FYI….The IRS will not give you any specific information about your rebate until at least a week past your scheduled payment date has passed. I just waited on hold for 35 minutes to be rudely told exactly what I could have found out on the web site. HOW FRUSTRATING!!!!!

158 Ryan


Thanks for the update; I wasn’t aware of that. I hope your situation works out well for you.

159 Liz

I filed my taxes about 3 months ago. 2 months ago I received a notice saying that I will be getting $300 for the rebate. I am a dependent under my parent’s tax return. I’m 20 years old and just finished college. I filed my taxes myself. Will I actually get the $300? I mean I got a notice saying I will.

160 Ryan


Because you are a dependent over the age of 17, I don’t believe you be eligible for the rebate. The IRS sent out notices via the mail, but were basic reminders and informational packets for designed for everyone, not individual circumstances. If you think there could be an error, you can contact the IRS.

161 Liz

Thanks for your help. It’s bad news, but I’ll live.

162 Cari Z

Can you just imagine my excitement when I found out that I would be in the first batch of payments being an “01”. All of my life being a “Z” I have been last.
Oh but sorry, your child is in college and over the age of 17. -$300
Oh but sorry your tax liability is lower than the $600 maximum, so you get less.
I am glad I wasn’t one of the many people who spent the money before finding out exactly what I was getting!
I have read every bit of fine print that I could find regarding this. No where did it say anything about your “tax liability”.
I hope that all of the people that made more than $25,000 are enjoying their maximum pay out.

163 Shannon

Ok so I just sat on hold for 30 minutes and talked to the nicest lady our soc is 68 and we are scheduled for the 9 of May for Direct deposit but the lady told me that they had a snafu in the system and a lot of people are delayed for another week so if you go to the tracker on the irs site and it says no info you wont get it tomorrow but call back on Monday to see if you get it next week

164 Chris Avila

I have a question, and all that I have read has been very helpful. My question is “If you we owed taxes in 2007 and have been paid by April 15 2008. Do we still qualify for a rebate?

165 Ryan


I would think so. The rebates are for everyone who is eligible based on income levels and the other requirements such as filing their tax return. if you filed by April 15th, you should be eligible for the return by the dates listed, otherwise if you filed later, your rebate may be delayed.

166 Pam

I have yet another question on this stimulus. When we E-filed, we had our refund put into 2 seperate accounts. Does that mean we will have to wait for a paper check? Thanks for all the advice you all have given on this site.

167 Ryan


Yes, if your refund went to 2 separate accounts you will receive a paper check.

168 Storm

I was suppose to recieve my check today, nothing came…

Do you think it didn’t come because I had my refund split between my accounts? And if I recieve a paper check will I fall under the paper check schedule or would it be sent out to get it around the time I would of gotten the direct deposit?

Has anyone who split payments got there money direct deposited?


169 daynah

When I tried to call the IRS this morning to check on my rebate via the automated system a recording played that said due to extremely high call volume they are not accepting calls at this time. No one I know can get any response trying to check status on-line…icluding one person who has already had their rebate direct deposited. I have also heard rumors that due to a computer problem the direct deposits have been delayed. Anybody heard anything?

170 Storm

Oops. I see the answer…LOL…


171 Ryan


I’ve heard there is a delay with the direct deposits and the system is currently down. The IRS has reported that all direct deposits should be completed by May 16th, then they will begin processing paper checks according to the schedule. Allow about a week or so for paper check delivery.

172 melissa

The amount that you received included the two younger kids, not the two older ones. Dependants over the age of seventeen do not qualify as part of the stimulus payment. So, you received $600 as a couple and $300 per minor child.

173 jac

I recently had one paycheck garnished due to a defaulted student loan. I have made new payment arrangements and the garnishments have stopped. I will now have a certain amount taken directly out of my checking account to repay my student loan. Will they still garnish my stimulus refund even though we have worked out a payment arrangement? Also, if they do garnish our refund, will they also garnish my husbands share and the amount we should get for our son, or will they just garnish my portion? We filed our taxes jointly.

174 jake

i got thru on the phoneline trying to get status on my rebate which should be here today being that my last two digits are 73 and since i have direct deposit and my taxes were done and filed the first week of feb. i sat thru the call and inputted my info and got the same results that i got on the irs website. unable to find status blah blah. i would love to have talked to a human being since i have no idea as to why i wouldnt have the rebate by now and they dont give any real reasons why it could be delayed.

175 Heather

Millions of Americans are suffering right now, The IRS is ignorant and will not tell anyone anything. I have tried calling so many times in the last week and cannot get through.
I even Emailed the White House(like that is gonna do anything!!)lol!! But if evryone who is having these issues does ,it might get us somewhere!!
At this point i do not evan want the money anymore.

176 B

In response to a lot of people’s questions on this website regarding where is my refund, the answer is, there is no answer. The IRS pushed and got a lot of the checks out the 1st week, to satisfy public demand. Now they are struggling to get the rest out. Just on May 1st they issued a new rule stating that you will only get the check direct deposited if you did not have the filing fees deducted from your original return, and if you did not use RAL (refund anticipation loan). I called the IRS, and was fortunate enough to get a live person, who answered all of my questions for me. My last 2 of my social are 88, so I should have got my direct deposit BY next Friday 5/16, but maybe even as early as this Friday 5/9, per the new, week early schedule. But in calling the IRS, I found out this was not true. The only way to really find out is to call, be patient, and wait for an IRS representative to help you out. Each situation is different. Please do not spend the money before you get it! You may be surprised when you are actually going to receive it. I am getting mine dead last, mailed BY 7/11!! Had plans for it this month, not anymore!!!

177 jake

well thats just ducky about the whole ” if you had your fee deducted from your refund, you wont be getting direct deposit” i used h&r block online to file. all ive heard is that if you used turbo tax you wont be getting direct deposit. i dont know if im in the same boat as turbo tax users or not. that could be useful info to have in the irs site. if only my car ran on frustration, confusion, or vagueness instead of gas, this rebate wouldnt be necessary

178 Ryan


There is a possibility the IRS could garnish some of your rebate if they have not been made privy to your new arrangements with your loan holder. However, I have no idea what will happen. Your best bet will be to contact the IRS – just be patient because I’m sure a lot of people are contacting them right now with similar questions. Good luck!

179 Ryan


I’ve heard the on-line tracker is temporarily out of service. Not sure when it will be back and running. As for why it is late, not sure on that either. The IRS has stated that all direct deposits should be made by May 16th, then they will start with the paper checks. The IRS will also be sending paper checks to many people who thought they would be receiving direct deposits, so that is a possibility as well. I hope it works out for you.

180 JENNIFER.......


181 Ryan


There have been reports that some stimulus rebates will be late, but the IRS has stated all direct deposits will be made by May 16th. There are also some people who have reported they are receiving rebate checks by mail instead of by direct deposit as many thought they would be. I guess right now, patience is the key! Good luck! 🙂

182 D. Horton

I filed electronically, do I also need to mail in a form in order to get the rebate? Just wondering, for I did mine via direct deposit and haven’t received it yet..

183 aj

if these “stimulus payments” are supposed to be distributed by ss# why did someone whose ends in 57 get theres before mine which ends in 28?

184 aj

well reading everyones comments i guess i answered my own question. silly me for using turbo tax and having the fees taken out of my tax refund. maybe the next time the government gives us a “stop complaining payment” …… i mean economic stimulus payment they should give all their scenarios upfront. instead they (just like everything else they do) tell us here’s what youre gonna get and when your gonna get, but when that time comes were gonna tell you that if you did this or this or didnt do this your not gonna get as much or its gonna be later

185 No deposit yet

We live on Social Security so we haven’t filed taxes in years, but we followed the rules and sent one in this year, before April 15. My husband requested direct deposit. According to the schedule our receive date was May 9, and now it is the 10th and still no deposit. I am going to use it to pay off our credit card that sits at 21% interest and every day it doesn’t come that card just keeps adding up the interest. I wouldn’t normally worry but I also heard things were progressing ahead of schedule. And BTW, why do the poorest people get the smallest payments?

Sandy in FL

186 Ryan

D. Horton,

You do not need to send in a form, the rebate will be automatically sent to you by the IRS. If you filed electronically through a third party, it is possible you will receive your rebate via the mail. you could also receive a direct deposit as late as May16th if you filed more than 6 weeks ago, or later if you filed more recently.

187 Ryan


There have been some delays with direct deposits. The IRS has stated that all the direct deposits will be sent out by May 16th. There have also been some people who requested direct deposit, but will actually receive paper checks due to certain issues with the IRS. Regarding why some people will receive a smaller stimulus rebate – it has to do with the amount of money people pay in taxes, combined with the amount they earn. For those who pay no, or little, tax, the rebate is lower.

188 anthony

I filed my taxes online back in Feb.Paying the feds $35> I had it “direct debit” through my checking account. ( my routing # and account# are on my printout)Will I get it direct deposit?

189 Rikki

Sounds like the government created the “unless you had your fees taken out of your refund” clause to slow the distribution payments down to a drip. I doubt this was their original intention. They probably found a snag in their first disbursement, and that was how they solved it, even buying more time.
I am one of those now going to check form.
I spent my “money” in advance, but, on rent, THANK GOD.
Way to leave us hanging.
I really think they are creating these rules as we go along.
God forbid that the payment be like Social Security…dwindling away and leaving many without.
I know, it probably won’t happen, but, with the gov it’s better to assume the worst, as we are finding out.

190 Rikki

Oh, and I was suspicious about their earlier than scheduled deposits.
I think they are watching the cause and effects of the stimulus plan play out with those who have already received them…are they buying carelessly. Are they saving. Did it make a dent.
Must be nice living in the White House with all its luxuries, making decisions for those in the poor house.

191 don

I have a combined income of less than the max allowed for a rebate check with my wife.
My last 2 digits on my ssn are 62.
IT is may 12 and i still have not gotten a rebate in my direct deposit and i filed turbo tax electronically!Please send a response. thanks

192 Shannon

OK so I just got off the phone with the IRS and now even though I free e filed with tax act ALL tax act rebates have been flipped over to paper checks so no matter if you got direct deposit you have to wait DIRTY SOB’s they just changeds this last week so dont expect anything until its mailed

193 daynah

Just checked status and actually got an answer! Our stimulus is scheduled to be direct deposited on Friday…I am so relieved!!!!!

194 John

Husband on SSD, wife on husband’s benefits, 1 child(age 12) on SSI Disability & child benefits from father. These are the only income received, under 18,000 yearly. IRS states child is NOT a “qualifying” child. Is this because of child being on SSI Disability??? Parents are not on any SSI, just the child is.

195 sherri

I just recieved a letter stating that I will be getting 300.00 for me and 300.00 for my child. There’s single people at my job who recieved 600.00 and we make the same amount of money a year. Why is that?

196 Danielle

I am 18 but I was 17 up until may. I am a dependent on my mom’s tax return but i got a letter in the mail yesterday stating that I was entitled to $300. I was wondering if I’d actually get the money because I was not younger than 17 so my mom doesn’t get the money but I was also not a dependent over 17 at the time so “If you are over 17 and are a dependent, neither you or your parents will receive a rebate, even if you earned enough money to qualify for the rebate.” doesn’t really apply to me.

197 Chris

Hi there! So I’m getting a bit worried. I was suppose to have my stimulus package electronically deposited in the second batch of payments. I have yet to receive anything. When I go to and put in all my info it says that it has no information to give me. Does this mean I’m not getting one? Or should I wait for friday and see if it’s in there then? Anyone else having this problem?

198 Rob

I filed my taxes on I didnt pay anything for federal but I payed a small fee for state. I had it direct deposited, am I going to have the stimulus direct deposited too? Im scheduled to get it by May 16th.


199 Ryan


Some people’s direct deposits have been delayed, or even changed to paper checks. The IRS stated everyone who will receive a direct deposit will receive it by May 16th. My recommendation is contacting the IRS if you don’t receive your check by the end of Friday. Good luck.

200 Ryan


I’m sorry, I don’t know the requirements regarding children and SSI earnings. My best answer is to contact a tax professional or the IRS. I wish you the best and I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more assistance to you.

201 Ryan


The age requirement is “younger than 17 as of Dec 31, 2007.” Since you were a dependent over the age of 17, I don’t think you will receive a rebate.

202 Ryan


I’ve read that some people’s direct deposits through Tax Act have been delayed, or even changed to paper checks. The IRS stated everyone who will receive a direct deposit will receive it by May 16th. However, if you are going to receive a paper check (a distinct possibility due to some of hte technical problems the IRS is having), your check may not be mailed until late May or as late as early July. My recommendation is contacting the IRS if you don’t receive your direct deposit by the end of Friday (I would probably wait until Monday to try contacting them). Good luck.

203 Ryan


I don’t know why your rebate will be that amount. I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator for a better idea of how much you might receive. If that gives you a different answer, I would contact the IRS. Just be patient as they are dealing with thousands of phone calls. Good luck!

204 perla

I want to know if I will recieve a rebate. I filed married joint return with one dependent. My son and I are citizens and my husband is a nonresident. I heard that if your spouse is a nonresident you will not recieve a rebate. Is that true? Well that isnt fair. I pay my dues and my son and I have every right to that rebate. I should atleast get something for my son.

205 Heidi

Thanks so much for so posting so much information on the tax rebate. I was wondering why I had not yet received my rebate (my son has not received his either), but after reading your reply to Rob, I’m guessing the problem may have to do with the fact that we both filed our taxes through Tax Act. So now I’m wondering, what is the problem with Tax Act? My original refund this year was 3 weeks late in being deposited, but I’ve never had a problem with using this service before. What’s going on? Thanks in advance for any light you can shed on this matter.

206 Beatrice

I would like to ask, if I filed my income taxes via H&R BLOCK online, and I filed with direct deposit, , according to the stimulus payment schedule, I should have recieved my stimulus payment on May 9th, but have not recieved it,,,WHY?



208 donna

I lost my job when my plant closed and i was a student for the year of 2007. I received unemployment checks which do have taxes taken out on them and i am wondering if this will qualify for income to receive the economic stimulus check.

209 donna

I lost my job when a plant closed and i returned to school for the whole year of 2007. I received unemployment checks that were taxed for this year. Will they qualify for income for the economic stimulus checks?

210 Cindy

Chris: I have experienced the exact same thing. I am beginning to wonder if there is any truth to the stimulus package or if it is just a pipe-dream.

211 Ryan


I haven’t heard anything regarding qualifying US citizens not receiving a rebate because they are married to a nonresident. I would definitely check with the IRS on this one.

212 Ryan


I’ve read that the IRS had some complications processing the rebates that were filed through Tax Act, and there is a possibility that most, if not all, Tax Act rebates will be sent via the mail.

If this is the case, expect to receive your rebate sometime within the next two months or so. The IRS may be able to help you track down your specific information.

213 Ryan


Many people who filed through third parties will be receiving paper checks due top complications between the IRS system and the third party system. This will also occur if you paid for your tax filing out of your rebate because the IRS sent your rebate to the tax preparer’s bank where the fees were removed, then the refund was forwarded to you. The IRS cannot send your rebate to another bank so they send a paper check.

214 Ryan


Your situation is a little more complicated than most. I recommend contacting the IRS. They will be able to help you based on your situation.

215 Ryan


Unemployment checks counts as income, so I think you will be eligible for the rebate. However, I am not certain. I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator for a better idea of how much you might receive.

216 Ryan


Unemployment checks counts as income, so I think you will be eligible for the rebate. However, I am not certain. I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator for a better idea of how much you might receive.

217 Dawn T.

I have a question that I hope can get answered: I hadn’t made a whole lot of money last year and thought I was to only get $300. I have a 15 year old daughter that lives with me, but through an arrangement with my ex husband, every year he claims her as a dependent while I claim her as a “qualifying child” so I can have the EIC.

When I got my money on 5/9, I was stunned to get $600. A couple days later I received the little note that said I got $300 for me and $300 for a “qualifying child.” Now my ex is wondering if he will not get the $300 for claiming her as a dependent? I honestly didn’t think I would get the extra $300–I had even done the “irs calculator” and it said I was to get $300 just for me.

Will my ex get $300 for our daughter as well, or is he out of luck? Thanks for any help!

218 Ryan

Dawn T.,

To be honest, I’m not sure what will happen in this situation. I would have to recommend contacting the IRS – they should be able to help you with your question.

219 Lucy

Has anyone recieved there paper check yet? Mine is supposed to be mailed the 23rd

220 lisa

that is the most helpful info. thanks

221 Joshua Kemp

I got the RAL loan with H&R Block this year and for the first time my federal taxes were taken so my question is will the irs use my rebate check to pay the bank that I received the RAL loan through since they where not paid due to taxes getting taken? If you can help by answering this question it would be great. Thanks Joshua

222 Ryan


No, the IRS will send a check directly to you. It will be up to you to pay the bank.

223 Donna

Lots of info here, but my rebate still doesn’t seem right. I did use the official calculator, but I’m dissapointed. My husband and I file jointly. I earned $27,195. He got soc sec of $10,848. We have a capital loss of $1989. We got a stimulus check for $668. I feel I should have gotten $600 and he should have gotten between $300 and $600. Does it seem I did something wrong?

224 Ryan


To be honest, I am not sure. There may be other factors that came into play (such as capital losses or other factors). The IRS has also admitted the have been some errors with stimulus rebate checks, so you could double check with an IRS agent who can explain your particular situation to you.

Good luck.

225 stephanie

I should have received a direct deposit payment…have there been any updates about possible delays as of late?

226 Ryan


Due to some issues with the IRS system, some people who should have received direct deposits will receive paper checks. I would consider contacting the IRS for specific information for your case.

227 Dee

My husband and I know we are getting a stimulus check, however we aren’t worried about when we are getting it or exactly how much. It’s simply just a nice benefit to have extra money coming our way, especially with a 9mth old and one on the way, and husband in the military. We are also not dumb enough to spend money we don’t physically have yet. My only question is that in the past 2 wks we have moved (husband being deployed to Iraq), and I was wondering what we need to do in order to have the rebate check sent to our current address? All mail has been forwarded, however I do know that anything coming from the government usually will not get forwarded along with regular mail. Do I need to call the IRS and update them on our new address? If so, what number do I call?

228 lucy

We got ours today. Was mailed on the 23rd just like the website said.

229 Becca

My husband and I received our stimulus check in the mail today as we expected (we did not file to receive direct deposit). We received only $600. This is strange as when I completed the official stimulus check estimator, it said that we should be receiving $1200. We made around $37000 this past year, filed jointly, and have no children. Will we be receiving a second check for $600 to total $1200? or was this a major error that I have to talk to someone at the IRS to resolve?

230 Ryan

Becca, A lot of people have reported receiving stimulus checks in a different amount than the stimulus calculator estimated they would receive. So far a I know there will only be one check, so I recommend contacting the IRS.

231 Ryan


First off, thank you for all you and your family do in support of our country. I wish your husband the best in his time in Iraq. To ensure you receive your rebate, you will need to file a Form 8822 with the IRS and a change of address notice with the U.S. Postal Service. This will ensure your check is sent to your new address. Without your current address, the check could be returned to the IRS as undeliverable. You would still get it, it would just take longer because it would have to go through the IRS system.

232 Dee

Thanks for the response Ryan. We have had all our mail forwarded; however, I was finally able to speak to someone at the IRS in regards to my issue. The agent let me know that she would be able to change our old address to our current address to help ensure the receipt of our stimulus check to the correct address. Form 8822 requires the signature of both spouses and since my husband will be in Iraq the possibility of that happening isn’t likely. So, I was very glad to hear the IRS agent say that she could have it corrected for me.


to whom it may concern i am not sure how to recieve my rebate check on deposit because i had to change my info,so by any chance could you send me some informationthat will help me retrieve my address is 6200 colonel glenn apt.274 little rock,ar.72204 thank you

234 Ryan


If you recently changed your information, chances are you will receive your rebate via the mail. It may take a few weeks longer than you expected. Good luck.

235 James

I was told to file a tax return by my mental health counselor in order to receive the economic stimulus check, so I did so. Later on I discovered that SSI does not count as qualifying income, and since my sole source of income was from SSI (and I reported it as such on my tax return) I would not receive a check. However, last week I did receive a stimulus check for $300! What do I do now? Can the IRS ask for the money back? I haven’t cashed the check yet.

236 Jenny

There was a mistake with my social security number in my 2007 tax return. I have since remedied the problem and received my full refund. However, the IRS is saying that I am not eligible for the stimulus rebate due to the mistake. Does anyone know if and when I would be able to receive a stimulus check??? It seems crazy that some small error would cost my family $1800.

237 Ryan


SSI does count toward the rebate, even if you do not owe taxes. “Persons who do not owe income taxes, but earned at least $3,000 in wages, Social Security benefits, or veterans disability benefits, will get rebate checks of $300 for individuals and $600 for couples.”

I think you are good to cash the check. Enjoy your money. 🙂

238 Ryan


I have read a couple similar comments from other people. Apparently the IRS will not send out the rebates if there were SSN errors on the tax returns. The IRS has stated they will rerun the calculations next year and send rebates for those who did not receive them in 2008, but I am not sure if this will apply for your situation.

If you had someone else prepare your taxes this year, I recommend speaking with them about the matter. Other than that, I don’t know what to do except call the IRS and ask for a complete explanation. Good luck.

239 James

Believe me, there is nothing I would rather do than enjoy the money! However I know people who are in my exact same situation (SSI being the sole source of income) and they received a form letter from the IRS stating SSI was not qualifying income. I also found on the IRS’s website in the Economic Stimulus Payments FAQ section (go to this link, and look about 2/3 of the way down the page),,id=182735,00.html

the following statement: “Note: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is not considered qualifying income and is not included for the purpose of establishing eligibility for the stimulus payment.”

In light of this do you think the IRS would ask for the money back if I cash the check?

240 Ryan


Thanks for pointing that out. I think my error was reading that as social security benefits, which is different than SSI. I’ve never dealt with those before and I wasn’t aware of the difference.

It appears as though the IRS may have made an error. They have been know to make these errors before, and unfortunately, they are also known to withhold money without informing people to make sure they get their money back.

I think I would call the IRS and speak to an IRS agent for advice on what to do. Good luck!

241 betty westmoreland

i was surposed to get my rebate may 9 i called the number today they don,t have anything on me what do i do?

242 TINA


243 ann

I have a student husband does not will they keep the stimulus check?is it to late to file innocent spouse form?I’am on s.s.disability so I have no wages to be garnished.

244 Ryan


I apologize for not getting back to you sooner – I was on vacation last week.

I’m not sure what to do i the IRS does not have any information on file for you. If you filed your taxes on time, then the IRS should have a record of this. IF not, check to see if you have a record of your taxes, and resend them. There has to be some kind of record against your SSN if you have filed taxes before.

Perhaps a tax professional can assist you. Other than that, I am not sure what you can do.

I hope it works out for you.

245 Ryan


Apparently there are some delays with the paper checks. My check should have been sent out May 30th, but I have not yet received it. I guess patience is the best thing here.

As for the IRS not having info for you, I don’t know what to say. If you filed your taxes, they should have some record of it.

I hope it works out for you.

246 Ryan


Your situation is a little more complicated than I can give you an answer for. I recommend calling the IRS or talking to a tax professional. Good luck.

247 Heather

I had H & R Block file my taxes for me. My parents had filed there taxes a week before me & claimed me as a dependent so I was not able to claim myself or my daughter on my taxes. I later was informed by H&R Block that I did not qualify as a dependent for my parents. Unfortunetly H&R Block had already filed my taxes when they informed me of this. My parents ended up amending their return but I never did b/c H&R Block said it would not affect my monetary return. Well I just found out that in order to qualify for the stimulus rebate who had to at least have 1 exemption…I would have had 2 if I had amended my return. I heard somewhere that even if I amend my return I still wont get the stimulus check this year but will next year. My problem is my daughter was born November 20 two months early weighing only 2 pounds, she can not go to daycare b/c of her undeveloped immune system so I will be staying home with her all this year and will not be earning any income. HELP!!! There has to be someway to fix this nightmare.

248 Ryan


I think the best thing to do is amend your taxes, which will officially get your tax record correct with the IRS, and give them notice that you should have received the stimulus rebate. Unfortunately, you may not receive the rebate this year, and it would likely come next year. There isn’t anything that I can do about that… The best recommendation is to contact the IRS for further info. Good luck, and I wish you and your daughter the best.

249 Shannon

So I was one of those poor saps who was supposed to get my money direct deposit on May 9 and then I got flipped to paper check well I just checked the IRS website and it finally shows me something on the where is my stimulus and it says it will be mailed on the 27 and I also got a notice from the IRS in the mail stating that I am getting the whole 1800 So I guess it was worth the wait I hope everyone else has gotten theirs

250 Margaret Gullickson

Why did we not receive our economic stimulus payment per notice from the gov. on April 21st?Should have been made by direct deposit. Cannot get a reply anywhere!

251 Margaret Gullickson

Again, I ask the question – why did we not receive our stimulus check. Have checked with the bank, phone call (waited 30 min to get an answer to the phone call) all without any response! Awaiting your reply!

252 Ryan


Some people who were supposed to receive their rebates via direct deposit may receive their rebates via the mail instead. Try calling the IRS at 1-866-234-2942 for more information. Good luck!

253 jackie

we recieved a letter stating that our refund would be substantially lower than we figured….we thought that it was 600 per person and 300 per child…but we only recieved 900..when it should have been 1500…where did our arithmetic fail us…married filing jointly

254 Ryan


I’m not sure where your arithmetic failed you, if it even failed you at all. There have been a few cases where the IRS had made mistakes in their calculations, and some instances where people thought they would receive a different amount. I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator for a better idea of how much you might receive. If that gives you a different number than the IRS sent you, try calling the IRS at 1-866-234-2942.

255 erin

i am receiving $1200 for my rebate, my husband and i worked last year making under $150,000, we have the credit for the qualifying children, where is the other $600.

256 Ryan


I’m not sure what happened. There have been a few cases where the IRS had made mistakes in their calculations, and some instances where people thought they would receive a different amount. I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator for a better idea of how much you might receive. If that gives you a different number than the IRS sent you, try calling the IRS at 1-866-234-2942.
Good luck.

257 Joe H

My Wife and I received the letter telling us that we would be receiving $600. We filed together, I work, she doesn’t. Is this why we only get $600 instead of $1200?

258 pauletta hyer

I owe taxes from the years 1999,2000 &2001
we filed an injured spouse form and my husband finally got his half.
they have said that they applied all of our stimulus payment to my owed taxes and I want to know that since we filed the injured spouse form with our 2007 taxes will he ever get his part of the stimulus payment.
do we need to do any further to see that he does get his part, he has been looking forward to getting it and now I dont know if he will get it.

259 Ryan


I am not sure if your husband will get it or not. It depends on whether or not the IRS did your taxes together with your husband. If so, they probably put everything toward the amount you owed for past taxes. Your best bet is to call the IRS. Good luck.

260 kathie polus

my father-in-law passed away june 13th 2007 will he be recieving a stimulus payment?

261 kathie polus

my father passed away june 13th 2007 will he get a stimulus payment?

262 vickie

my son-in-law owes back child support how would he go about finding out if they will take his check for that even though they received a letter stating that they would be getting a stimulus check. is there an 800 number that he would need to call? thank you

263 Ryan


I’m sorry to hear about your loss. If your father-in-law qualified for the rebate based on his earnings during 2007, then his estate should receive the rebate when his taxes are filed.

264 Mich

I am wondering if I am correct, I have three children in college over 17, and all three we claimed as dependents, although each filed income taxes and made over $6000 each while full time students, am I correct that neither we or they qualify for the stimulus tax rebate? One would think with three full time students in college we would need it the most…. (and yes we the parents combined made under $75,000)

265 Ryan

Yes, Mich, that is the way it was written. I know, it seems like college students would need it the most, but for some reason it was written with age limits in the equation.

266 Betty Drake

My husband and I have not received our stimulus
payment as yet. We sent the 1040A which was sent to us as we are not required to to file
a tax return. We are retired. My question is—I did not put our social security benefits on the form. Was this required? Will this make a difference with us getting a rebate?
Thank you, Betty

267 john l olsen

was due stimulus payment on june 6th and still no check can you look into this for me

268 Ryan


I think the IRS needed information regarding your retirement income for you to be eligible for the rebate. I would try contacting the IRS at 1-866-234-2942.


The stimulus checks can take up to 6 weeks to arrive, so it is possible the check is in route. As for looking into it, I can’t do anything regarding your taxes because I am not an accountant, nor do I have any of your information. I would try contacting the IRS at 1-866-234-2942.

269 Heather

HI. My questions are: is there anyone who is married filed a joint return, along with a injured spouse claim whom maybe owed past child support,then got a letter saying they were owed 1,800 ,then ended up not getting anything?? Also is there anyone whose check was reduced because of overpayments due to your state for unemployment benefits?? Also last but not least ,how long after recieving the letter do you get your check??

Sorry so many questions!!!

270 Ryan


If you owe money to your state, your rebate ill most likely be garnished. That could be why someone would receive a letter stating they would receive $1,800, but hen receive nothing. The same thing goes for child support. The rebate money can be garnished for that as well.

You should receive the money within 6 weeks of the date stated on the letter. If you have not received it or if you have any other questions, I recommend contacting the IRS at 1-866-234-2942.

271 Heather

we never have had anything taken out of our federal taxes for my husbands unemployment overpayments.They do take our state tax. This would suck if all the sudden the laws changed!!Or is it just the stimulas that they are allowed? What sucks is, we have had the state take our taxes for the last 5 yrs!!We have no idea how much we have left,but we were pretty sure it should of been over by now.It was only about 1500.00.

272 Cookie

My mother recently passed away on December 9th. My dad however was able to file a final joint return. Consequently, he only receieved $600 for the rebate. It was my understanding since he filed a joint return, his rebate should have been $1200.00. Please comment, should I attempt to contact the IRS to confirm if the amount he received is accurate?

273 Ryan


You should certainly look into it. I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator for a better idea of how much your father should have received. If that gives you a different number than the IRS sent you, try calling the IRS at 1-866-234-2942.

Good luck.

274 Ryan


I was on unemployment benefits about 2 years ago, and based on my experience, you are required to pay both state and federal income tax on unemployment benefits. The problem is, most states do not automatically take the taxes out for the person receiving unemployment benefits, but leave it up to them to pay the taxes when they file. This can leave people with a big tax bill.

I’m not sure the laws changed for this. It is possible that the taxes were not paid when the unemployment benefits were paid out, and now the taxes are due.

275 Teri

My stimulus check has been misplaced, either kids?, I have torn my house apart. Does anyone know if they will cut another one as long as it was not stolen or been cashed? We are going on vacation in a week and that was our money

276 Patti

‘What about the ones that have already gotten their checks but only received for one child and not 2? It was to be 600 for the adult and 300 per child. he only received 900 instead of 1200. well it be made up later on>

277 Ryan


I’m not sure what happened. There have been a few cases where the IRS had made mistakes in their calculations, and some instances where people thought they would receive a different amount. I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator for a better idea of how much you might receive. If that gives you a different number than the IRS sent you, try calling the IRS at 1-866-234-2942.
Good luck.

278 Ryan


The IRS may replace the checks, but I am not sure what the process is. Try calling the IRS at 1-866-234-2942. It will probably take longer than a week to resolve the issue though. Good luck.

279 Andrea

I received a notice in the mail for my stimulus check, and it was only for $338. I owe nothing in loans, to the IRS and made well over $3,000 in 2007…but not $75,000. I don’t understand why I am not receiving the whole $600. I am only 20 years old and there’s nothing that I am aware of that would be keeping me from the full amount.

280 Ryan


If your parents could claim you as a dependent on their taxes, that would affect your return. Other than that, I’m not sure what it could be. I recommend using the official stimulus rebate calculator for a better idea of how much you might receive. If that gives you a different number than the IRS sent you, try calling the IRS at 1-866-234-2942.

Good luck.

281 pat

i had to file a correction to my income tax statement. When will i receive my stimulus check?

282 Jake

What if the check is lost before being cashed?

283 Sandy

will there be a second stimilus payment

284 Thomas C. Murtha Sr.


285 Ryan


the best I can do is recommend calling the IRS at 1-866-234-2942 for more information. Good luck!

286 Jeanine

Will people who are behind in their child support get a stimulas check?

287 Ryan


If the IRS has been made aware that the tax filer is delinquent on child support payments (or student loans, taxes or some other obligations), they will likely garnish the stimulus payment. This is called the Treasury Offset Program. If your money was scheduled to be garnished, you should have received a notice.

288 Chris Glander

I am writing for my mother in law, she made a mistake on her original filing. Had to re-file.(not sure of the date of re-filing) She called me today,Aug.8,2008 and still has not recieved her rebate or a letter about it.Whats the hold-up? any reply would be helpful.
Thanks, Chris

289 Jeanine

Is there a way to make the IRS aware that someone is behind in their child support. Is there an estimated time frame of when that Treasury Offset Program is to release funds?

290 Ryan


It really all depends when she filed her corrected tax return. The IRS has stated stimulus checks for corrected returns will be sent out approximately 2-6 weeks after the corrected tax returns are received. If she hasn’t received it by then, I recommend contacting the IRS at 1-866-234-2942. Good luck.

291 Ryan


I believe the state where the child support is owed must contact the IRS for the Treasury Offset Program to garnish the tax refund or rebate of someone who is past due child support. For more information, contact your state’s child support enforcement office or call the Treasury Offset Program Call Center at 1-800-304-3107.

I imagine it may take several weeks or more for this to get worked out, and it the tax return or rebate has already been paid it may be too late for this year.

I wish you the best.

292 terri

i inadverently submitted 2 tax returns for the stimulus payment, was suppose to receive my money july 11, have phoned irs 3 times and have gotten 3 different dates as to when i would receive my check am senior did about 8 tax returns for persons in my building did not make copy of my own and so submitted another at any rate my last call last week said i would receive my payment august 11 went into where is my payment and still says delay in processing any help with this problem thank you

293 Ryan


You have already done all I can recommend you do, which is contact the IRS. When there are errors in the processing, there will be delays. Unfortunately, I have no idea how long those delays will be. Good luck.

294 geraldine bullard

i received a letter in june saying my stimulus check was being mailed. it is now almost the end of august and i have not received it. every time i call the 800 number i am told my request cannot be processed. help please

295 Ryan


I don’t have any advice other than to contact the IRS. Your best bet is to speak to a person. The number I have is 1-866-234-2942.You can also try the official IRS FAQ page. Good luck!

296 jwm

Per my divorce agreement, my ex-husband and I trade claiming my son every other year as a dependent. He received the $900 stimilus payment based on his 2007 claim of my son as his dependent.

1-Is this a one-time payment, so that next year I will get it?

2- If not, is there any reason why I shouldn’t ask him for half of the $300?

I’m sure that this is a concern shared by many others.


297 Harry Wood

I heard we are getting an other check the first part of Nov. I hope it’s true, it’ll be just in time for Christmas. That will help the retailers.

298 Ryan


Congress has not voted on a second stimulus check, though there is talk of it among the Presidential candidates. Right now Obama supports a second stimulus check. While it might seem like a good idea on the surface, I don’t think it is a good idea, and it can actually hurt the economy. You can read more about why I think it is a bad idea.

If we do get a second stimulus check, it will likely be several months after the election is complete.

299 Ryan

jwm: The stimulus rebate is a permanent change to the tax code, so you will receive the benefit next year. However, since the benefit will be written into the tax code, it won’t appear like you are getting an additional rebate check. Instead, it will be figured into the taxes you pay all year. So, yes, you get the benefit. But it will not come in the form of an additional check.

300 Karen

My ex passed away in April. He did file his taxes and a $600 check came to my house made out in his name. Shouldnt this check go to our son who is 12? How do i go about returning it or who can i call?

301 Ryan


I’m sorry to hear about your loss and I apologize for taking so long to respond to you. I believe the check rightfully belongs to his heirs, which is determined by his will or by law, however, I am not 100% certain and I recommend calling the IRS at 1-866-234-2942 for confirmation. Good luck.

302 dean

I filed single head of household – I did not get a rebate becaue of my AGI…over 87K. I do have three children under the age of 8, should I have received somthing for the children?

303 Ryan

Dean: I believe the rebate is based upon your income – and is higher if you have qualified dependents. Since you don’t qualify for the rebate based on income, I don’t believe you will receive anything for your children either. I would double check with the IRS for verification.

304 Michael

I made a mistake on my 2007 tax return (marked myself as a dependent, when I was not), thereby disqualifying me from receiving a rebate. The mistake has been corrected, but I have not received my rebate. Will there be a way for me to receive this rebate when I file my 2008 taxes?

305 Ryan

Michael: It’s too late to have anything done this year, and I think I read something about the IRS not making corrections when the error was the fault of the tax filer. If you do receive the rebate, it will likely be on next year’s taxes. I would contact the IRS or a tax professional for verification. Good luck!

306 Wilson Brown

My Offer in Compromise was accepted in 2007. In the compromise it stated that as additional consideration the IRS would retain any refunds or credits for which I may be entitled for 2007 or earlier tax years. The IRS has said that I am entitled to a rebate but the rebate will be retained by the IRS because the rebate is based upon 2007 tax return. My understanding is that the rebate is for 2008 taxes, specifically the repealing of the 10% tax on the first $6000. Am I correct and who should I contest this with?

307 Ryan

Wilson: My understanding is that the rebate is for 2008 taxes as well (but given in advance due to a change in the tax laws). I would contact the IRS or a tax professional regarding your specific issue.

308 John

what if you did not work in 07 and i recently started working in early may 08 do i qualify for rebate check in 09. i make about 1 thousand seven hundred a month but will not be working a full yr since i just started in may. Will this hinder me from getting a check. and im claining single 1

309 Ryan

John: The rebate is the result of a change in the tax laws which was made retroactive to the previous year. The rebate that was given in 2008 is now part of the tax law and as a result, people will pay less on their taxes in April 2009 (from 2008 income). But the new tax laws mean the rebate won’t be given in 2009.

However, the government is considering a second stimulus check.



311 Ryan

Hello Piffany, There is no second stimulus check at this time. Obama has discussed it, but nothing is official at this point.

312 Jamal

Thank you Ryan for all this info. Have a happy 2009.

313 stacie

As of today january 15,2009 are they thinking of giving a second stimulus check, the people need it. We are helping the auto makers but what about the people whoare losing jobs and there homes, i thought obama was going to make a change.

314 Ryan

Stacie: Obama wants to make change, but as of today he isn’t yet the President of the United States. Once he becomes President it will take some time before he is able to implement change.

President Elect Obama and his administration are considering a second economic stimulus check, but it looks like it will be in the form of a tax credit instead of a check that will be mailed to people.

315 james

I did not receive a stimulus package last year because in 2007 I retired and received a lump sum in “07” it wasn’t that much “after taxes” but enough that would not give me the package (which is unfair) since I don’t make enough on SS in the first place. Can I ever get this or a part of this back? Also this “09” package will it be based on again the “07” taxes or last year (which I have yet to file)? I really feel I was wronged by not receiveing anything when others got so much? Please help me and tell me who to write to who to talk to etc….thank you.

316 Ryan

James: If you did not qualify for the rebate based on the taxes you filed in 2008 (from 2007 income), but your situation changes when you file your taxes in 2009 (2008 income), you may be eligible for the difference if it is in your favor. If the change is not in your favor, you will not have to pay the difference.

I recommend speaking with a tax professional or the IRS. Good luck, James.

317 Jackie

I filed Chapter 13 in May of ’08 and the payback plan was approved in June of ’08. The monthly payments are deducted from my checking account monthly. I lost my job in September of ’08 (collecting unemployment) but have continued to make the monthly payments. Will I still receive a stimulous check? This is concerning the second stimulous that Obama is suppose to be issuing this year 2009.

318 Ryan

Jackie: So far, no 2009 stimulus has been approved. Right now the government is still discussing it, but it has not been voted on. Good luck with your employment situation – I hope you find something soon!

319 Jackie

I understand a 2009 stimulous has not been officially approved. However, if it should be, (based on my previous question regarding chapter 13) would I still get a stimulous check?

320 Ryan

Hi Jackie: No one knows yet. The 2009 stimulus, if approved, will probably be very different from last year’s stimulus package. The Obama administration has discussed making a stimulus package in the form of a tax credit, which would reduce the amount of taxes people have withdrawn from their paychecks now. (This would include the amount of taxes due on unemployment income, which is taxable). If we receive a stimulus this year, it may not be an actual check.

When we have more news, I will be sure to post it on this site. Best of luck to you. 🙂

321 Cylis

You make some pretty strong statements about stimlus and taxes in the faq (“Is my rebate check taxable? No!””it is not a loan on your 2009 taxes. You do not pay it back.””The rebate will not in any way be figured into next year’s return.”).

However, when filing (using H&R Block Free E-file) I am asked about my stimulus and when I by entering the amount I received my rebate goes down by that exact amount.

Why is that?

322 Andy

Looks like more tax rebates are in the works. $1000 bucks will be a nice little bonus when I do my taxes this year. Unfortunately my Capital losses are far more than $1000!

323 Ryan

My capital losses were a bit more than $1000 as well, but I took the capital losses to offset other income. I reinvested the proceeds while the market was down, so it was basically a wash with a nice tax benefit. 🙂

The rebate isn’t final yet – there are still major hurdles to overcome before it becomes official. We’ll see what happens.

324 Cylis

Any idea why my tax rebate went DOWN after entering that i had receive a stimulus check (and by the exact amount of my stimulus no less!)?

325 Jenn

Hi Ryan,

I am confused about the Eco Stimulus payment. On my 2007 returns, my wife and my mom both did not have SSN but my 2 kids had. I did not qualify for the economic stimulus package. Now, my wife’s status has changed and she is getting a SSN soon. Please tell me if I would be eligible for the Eco Stimulus payment on my 2008 Returns? My mother’s status has not changed and she still has ITIN.

326 donnie

im on disability so will iget a stimulus check for 2009 an me an my wife filed together on our taxes this year an are getting a small will we get a stimulus check too ?

327 Ryan

Donnie: The newest information about the 2009 stimulus can be found here: Personal Tax Breaks in the 2009 Economic Stimulus Plan.

328 Ryan

Jenn: I’m sorry, but I don’t have an answer for you – your question is outside my range of knowledge. I recommend contacting the IRS for help with this matter. Best of luck to you.

329 Tiara


330 Ryan

Tiara: The stimulus is a change in the tax code that takes effect for 2008 taxes. It was paid in advance based on 2007 income levels to try and stimulate the economy. Just file your taxes as you normally would and answer all questions correctly. If you are eligible for the stimulus check that went out in 2008, you will receive it as part of your tax return this year.

Best of luck.

331 James

I am divorced and claim my son every other year. My ex claimed our son for 2007 and so she would have gotten the larger check last year. I got the normal $600. Then when I was filing my taxes this year it asked how much I received on the stimulus. I said 600 and it said I get credit for 300. So in this way is it true we both get the $300 credit for our son… hers in the for of the check and mine as the credit? Second part of my question is that she just told me that because of a name issue she didn’t get the 300 for him last year. Is there a way she can still get it? They are two seperate payments though and my credit has nothing to do with her payment evern though she didn’t get it…right? Thanks!!

332 Ryan

James: I’m sorry, but I don’t know the specifics of how this would work in your situation. I recommend contacting a member of the IRS or a CPA. Best of luck to you.

333 erica

i get ssi i just wanna know if u get stimulus check if ur on ssi and when do u get it nd how much u get thank u

334 Ryan

Erica: Here is the most current information that I have for the 2009 economic stimulus: 2009 Economic Stimulus Personal Tax Breaks.

I cannot speak for your exact situation, and I recommend contacting the IRS or an accountant for more information.

335 Charles Helms

Got a question for anyone that can answer this. I receive social security and I am aware that it qualifies me for a check of $250. in May or that it will be added with May’s payment. I am also 100% disabled by the VA and today’s newspaper says that those receiving a VA payment are eligible to receive a payment in the amount of $250. I am married and file jointly on my civil service retirement and earn over $3000 from that source. So I am asking if I will receive the $250 for social security and another for VA?

336 Ryan

Charles: To be honest, I am not sure. I recommend contacting the IRS for more information.

337 Renard McCreary

Where do I find the stimulus package for home loans or help with loosing your home.

338 Ryan

Renard: You may find this article helpful: Government Making Home Affordable Refinance And Loan Modification Program: Do I Qualify?

339 Shameek

When do they start giving out the stimulus check for 2009?

340 Ryan

Shameek: There is no 2009 Economic stimulus check.

341 Gary Carroll

I did not earn $3000 in 2007, so did not receive a stimulus check.
I earned a little over $3000 in 2008. Will I be eligible for a check in 2009?

342 Ryan

Hi Gary, I believe you might be eligible, however, you will need to file a tax return. The IRS should automatically send you a stimulus check based on your 2008 tax return if you were eligible. For questions about your specific situation, I recommend contacting the IRS or a tax professional.

343 robert & mary jones

my husband and i both both are disabled we draw ss and we did get a one time check. so i was wonderind are we going to get economic check, since we don’t file taxes.

344 Ryan

Robert and Mary: Here is an article from the Social Security Website: Social Security’s One-Time Economic Recovery Payments Information Page.

You should be eligible for a one time $250 payment. Best of luck to the both of you.

345 Ryan

Thank you for stopping by, but these comments are now closed. This article is in reference to the economic stimulus check that went out in 2008.

There was no economic stimulus check mailed out in 2009; the 2009 Economic Stimulus Personal Tax Breaks included withholding fewer taxes from paychecks during 2009.

Here is an article about how you can pay yourself instead of relying on a stimulus check.

If there are issues or questions regarding the economic stimulus, please contact the IRS.

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