2020 Economic Stimulus Checks – When Will I Get My Stimulus Check & Other Frequently Asked Questions

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2020 Economic Stimulus Check
The global coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is unlike anything most of us have experienced. The most effective method of fighting this invisible threat is by social distancing, which, unfortunately, has shut down much of the world’s economy and has forced many into under or unemployment, significantly reducing their income. The U.S. government has taken emergency…

The global coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is unlike anything most of us have experienced. The most effective method of fighting this invisible threat is by social distancing, which, unfortunately, has shut down much of the world’s economy and has forced many into under or unemployment, significantly reducing their income. The U.S. government has taken emergency action to provide many low- and middle-income citizens with a stimulus check to help them bridge this income gap.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion dollar stimulus bill, includes provisions that will send adult Americans a check for $1,200, married couples $2,400, and an additional $500 per child under the age of 17.

This article covers everything you need to know about the 2020 stimulus check, including who is eligible, when you will receive it, whether you have to pay it back, and more.

2020 Economic Stimulus Check

Who is Eligible for the 2020 Stimulus Check?

There are several eligibility requirements people must meet in order to be eligible for the stimulus check. They can be broken down into two main criteria – age & citizenship requirements, and income eligibility.

Age & Citizenship Eligibility Requirements

There are several important notes regarding stimulus check eligibility:

  • Citizenship Eligibility: The stimulus checks are only available to taxpayers with a Social Security Number. It is not available to taxpayers with an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number). This excludes many taxpayers who are not U.S. citizens.
  • Qualifying Ages for Children: Children ages 16 and under are eligible for an additional $500 on their parents’ or guardians’ tax return. Children who are ages 17 and older and are a dependent on another person’s tax return are not eligible for this stimulus check. This cuts out a number of high school and college-age workers.

Income-based Stimulus Check Eligibility Requirements

If you meet the citizenship and age requirements, you must still meet the income eligibility. This is based on your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) from the most recent tax year you filed taxes. So if you have already filed taxes in 2019, then the IRS will use the AGI from your 2019 tax return. If not, then they will use your 2018 tax return.

If you have not yet filed your 2019 tax return (the deadline has been automatically extended until July 15, 2020), then you can delay filing your taxes if your AGI from 2019 will exceed the limit and your 2018 AGI qualifies. Conversely, if you exceeded the income limit in 2018, but will not in 2019, then you should file ASAP.

Note for this who don’t normally file tax returns: You will still be eligible for the stimulus check if you do not file a tax return because your income is too low of your income to not taxable. We cover this in more detail below.

Individual Taxpayer Stimulus Check Income Limits:

  • Individual taxpayers are eligible for the full amount of the stimulus payment if their AGI was less than $75,000.
  • The Stimulus Check payment phases out starting at $75,000 through $99,000.
  • Individual taxpayers who had an AGI greater than $99,000 will not be eligible for the stimulus check.
  • Taxpayers will receive an additional $500 for each qualifying child ages 16 and under.

Married Couples Filing Jointly Stimulus Check Income Limits:

  • Married couples filing jointly are eligible for the stimulus check if their AGI was $150,000 or less.
  • The amount of the check phases out between $150,000 and $198,000.
  • Those whose income exceeds the AGI limit will not receive a stimulus check.
  • Taxpayers will receive an additional $500 for each qualifying child ages 16 and under.

How the Income Phase-Out Works

Individual taxpayers who had an AGI between $75,000 and $99,000 and married couples with an AGI between $150,000 and $198,000 will receive a decreased stimulus check. It works like this:

  • The stimulus check decreases by 5% ($5 for every $100) in $100 increments for each level above the threshold.

Here is a quick way to run the math.

  • Take your AGI and subtract the starting income for the phase-out ($75,000 if a single taxpayer, or $150,000 for married couples).
  • Next, divide this number by 10 (this gives you the number of $100 increments)
  • Multiply this number by $5 (the reduction is $5 per every $100 above the threshold)
  • Subtract this number from the full stimulus check amount $1,200 or $2,400).

Example: You are a single taxpayer with an $80,000 AGI.

  • $80,000 – $75,000 = $5,000.
  • $5,000/$100 = 50
  • $50 * $5 = $250
  • $1,200 – $250 = $950

Will I Get a Stimulus Check if I Don’t File a Tax Return?

Maybe. You should still be eligible for the stimulus check if you don’t normally file a tax return because your income is too low or you only receive non-taxable income, such as SSDI, or VA disability benefits.

However, the checks may not be automatically sent.

Who does not need to file a tax return?

The IRS does not require certain individuals to file a tax return if they do not have any income, their income is below a certain threshold, or they only have non-taxable income.

  • Income limits for filing a tax return: Taxpayers do not need to file a tax return if their AGI was under $12,200 for single taxpayers or $24,400 for married couples.
  • They also do not need to file a tax return if they only had non-taxable income.

Some Stimulus Checks Will be Automatically Sent to Those Who Didn’t File a Tax Return

You should automatically receive a stimulus check if you receive any of the following federal benefits:

  • Social Security Retirement, Social Security Disability (SSDI), or Social Security Survivor Benefits
  • Railroad Retirement and Survivor Benefits
  • VA Service-Connected Disability Benefits (this is an update, as of April 17, 2020).

However, it is important to note that you will need to file a tax return if you have any children ages 16 or under. The IRS will not have this information in your file and will need it in order to process the additional $500 payment.

How Non-Tax Filers Can Get the Stimulus Check

Those who don’t file a tax return can still get the stimulus check if they are not included among those who will automatically receive the stimulus check. This may include disabled individuals whose primary source of income was a non-taxable benefit such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Those individuals will either need to file a tax return or use the IRS Non-Tax Filers Payment Info Form.

You can file for free using the IRS free file program or software from one of the leading tax software companies.

How to Use the IRS Non-Filers Payment Info Form

The IRS has set up a website to make it quick and easy to submit your information to receive your stimulus check.

  • Full name, current mailing address and an email address
  • Date of birth and valid Social Security number
  • Bank account number, type and routing number, if you have one
  • Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) you received from the IRS earlier this year, if you have one
  • Driver’s license or state-issued ID, if you have one
  • For each qualifying child: name, Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number and their relationship to you or your spouse

When Will I Get My Stimulus Check?

The IRS Hopes to start sending out stimulus checks during the week of April 12th. However, it will most likely take several months before the IRS will be able to send stimulus checks to every eligible individual.

Previous economic stimulus checks sent out in 2008 and 2001 took several weeks to several months to begin sending checks, and an additional few months to complete the process.

Right now, we don’t have a firm schedule. We will update this article when the bill passes and we have further guidance regarding the 2020 Stimulus Check payment schedule.

The good news is that more people file their taxes electronically these days, and more taxpayers opt for direct deposit to receive their tax returns. The IRS will send stimulus checks in the same manner taxpayers opted to receive their tax refund.

How Will I Receive My Stimulus Check – By Mail or Direct Deposit?

The IRS will send out stimulus checks in the same method taxpayers elected to receive their refund on their most recent tax return. If you opted to have your refund direct deposited into your checking or savings account, then the IRS will automatically deposit your check into your bank account.

If you opted to have your check mailed, then the IRS will send a check to the address they have on file.

Can I Update or Change My Payment Method?

The IRS is working on building a “Get Your Payment” page in which taxpayers can

  • confirm payment method – direct deposit or check
  • enter or update their payment method,
  • add or change their bank for direct deposit,
  • update their address if they wish to receive a paper check, and
  • check the status of their stimulus check payment.

This page is expected to launch in Mid-April. We will update this page when it is live. You can also check this page for updates from the IRS.

Is the Stimulus Check Taxable? Will I Have to Pay it Back?

No, the stimulus check is considered a refundable tax credit, which means it is not considered taxable income. In essence, this is like a refund you get in advance of filing your 2020 tax return.

The IRS will compare your AGI from your 2020 tax return and the AGI used to determine your stimulus check amount (from either your 2018 or 2019 tax return). If the amount of your stimulus check was lower than you would have received based on your AGI from 2020, then the IRS will give you the difference.

If you saw the example from above, we used a single taxpayer with an AGI of $80,000. They would receive a stimulus check of $950 because that income fell in within the phase-out limits. If this same individual has an AGO of $75,000 or lower in 2020, the IRS would give them the difference, in this case, they would receive an additional $250.

If your income exceeds the AGI limits in 2020, the IRS will not clawback the stimulus payments you received.

Will My Dependent Child Get a Stimulus Check if They Paid Taxes?

You can only receive the $500 additional payment for children if they are ages 16 and under. Children who are ages 17 and over are not eligible for the $500 payment on their parents’ tax return.

Additionally, anyone who is claimed as a dependent is not eligible for the stimulus check. So if your child is age 17 or over and you claim them on your tax return, they will not be eligible for their own stimulus check, even if they have a job and file their own tax return.

2020 Stimulus Check Frequently Asked Questions

How much is my stimulus check?

  • If you qualify, your stimulus check will be $1,200 (single taxpayers) or $2,400 (married couples filing jointly)
  • You can receive an additional $500 for each child ages 16 and under that you claim on your tax return.
  • Your stimulus check will be reduced starting at an AGI above $75,000 ($150,000 married couples). Those with an income above $99,000 ($198,000 couples) will not receive a stimulus check.

When will I receive my stimulus check?

  • The IRS hopes to begin sending stimulus checks the week of April 12, 2020.
  • Those who have direct deposit will receive their checks more quickly.
  • It may take the IRS several months to mail out all stimulus checks (they can process around 5 million checks per week, but there are tens of millions of taxpayers who will need to receive a paper check).

How and where will I receive my stimulus check?

  • The IRS is sending checks to individuals in the same way they opted to receive tax refunds – either via direct deposit or by mail at the address they have on file

Can I change my payment method or update my address on file?

  • Yes. The IRS is working on “Get My Payment” page, which should go live in mid-April.
  • You will be able to check the status of your stimulus check, change or update direct deposit information, change your address on file, or change your payment method.
  • You can learn more here.

Will my child get a stimulus check?

  • Parents will receive an additional $500 on their stimulus check for each Child they claim that is age 16 and under. Children ages 17 and over are not eligible for a stimulus check if they are claimed as a dependent on their parent’s tax return. This applies even if they have a job and file their own tax return.

I don’t file a tax return. Will I get a stimulus check?

  • This depends on why you didn’t file a tax return. Some citizens are not required to file a tax return because their income is too low or they only have non-taxable income.
  • If this describes you and you otherwise qualify, then yes, you will be eligible for the stimulus check.
  • You do not need to file a tax return if you receive the following benefits: Social Security Retirement, Social Security Disability (SSDI), or Social Security Survivor Benefits, or Railroad Retirement and Survivor Benefits. However, you may need to inform the IRS if you have a child ages 16 or under if you wish to receive the additional $500 per child.
  • You may need to inform the IRS if you have non-taxable income such as VA service-connected disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You can do this through this link.
  • If you did not file a tax return and your income exceeds the limits or you are otherwise not qualified, then you will not receive a stimulus check.

I am a U.S. citizen living overseas. Am I eligible for the stimulus check?

  • Yes, provided you meet the income eligibility requirements and have a valid Social Security Number.

Is the stimulus check taxable? Will I have to pay it back?

  • No and no.
  • This is a refundable tax credit. This money is yours to keep and spend as you see fit.

Where Can I Get More Information?

You can read the full Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act bill, which included other provisions, such as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which expands the Family Leave Act.

You can also visit the IRS website for additional information. The IRS does not recommend calling at this time. All updates will be on their website.



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  1. Mary Maha says

    I am a tax preparer and I have several individuals that are in the same boat that I am in. My child is 17 years old of which I do understand that he does not qualify for the $500, but what I am curious to is he has been receiving Social Security Survivor Benefits since he was 12. With that note in mind due to those benefits would he then still be qualified for that $500 or is it still the same that he would not qualify?

    Also, my company has bank products that we use for a lot of our clients, meaning that if they did not have a financial institution of their own or they were not able to cash a check due to their ID verification to cash the check, the company partnered up with NetSpend and their banking institution with Metabank of which when they go on their portal they have a routing and account numbers. But our offices are trying to figure out if our customers banking information would have been sent to IRS from our financial institution or our are customers going to have to insert their routing and account numbers into the system when the IRS open the portal up to insert up to fix the account numbers.

    • Ryan Guina says

      Mary, I’m not sure how the IRS is handling the stimulus check for dependents that receive Social Security benefits. This is a question for the IRS or for the Social Security Administration.

      I don’t have an answer to your second question either. There are many unbanked individuals in the U.S., and this is a difficult situation for many of them. I would contact your tax preparation company to see if they have guidance on how to proceed if your customers come to you with questions. I would also look at professional forums or boards where tax professionals frequently post questions and answers. I’m sure you’re not the only tax professional who has clients in this situation. Best wishes!

  2. Ben says

    Really hoping for everyone’s sake it’s weeks not months to receive these checks. One PSA I feel like mentioning is to be aware of scams. I can only imagine this is a scammers dream – lots of money moving around and people being a little in the dark on how/when/if it’ll arrive. Beware of emails/texts/phone calls from the “IRS”!

  3. Jane says

    Hi! When I’ve filed the last few years, I owed taxes and paid online using my savings account. Since I don’t usually get a refund, will my stimulus check be direct deposited into my payment account, or will I receive a check instead?

    • sharon says

      The IRS will not use you checking account for direct deposit. You will receive a paper check unless you go online to Get My Payment on the IRS site and put in your banking info. You will info from your most recently filed return 2018 or 2019.

        • Ryan Guina says

          Yes, you should still be eligible for a stimulus check if you are receiving unemployment benefits, provided you qualify for the stimulus check based on the eligibility criteria outlined by the IRS.

  4. John Broadhead says

    I am on as and my monthly benefit is deposited on my direct exspress card. will the stimulus money be deposited on it?

  5. sherry says

    I did my taxes at liberty tax and got it direct deposit on a netspend card. will my stimulus check just go on it????

  6. barb says

    I though I read somwhere that survivors benefits for minors if they have a trust fund set up for them the stimulus would be put in there there for them

    • Joey says

      If i only get my SSI payments on my Direct Express card will my 1 time stimulus payment be deposited onto that?

  7. Michael J says

    Michigan resident here. I am the spouse of a non custodial parent who is behind on her child support. Due to an illness she was the main earner last year so injured spouse didn’t apply to our taxes which was taken. Our gross was less than 7000 last year(if you are wondering about rent we spent some time in a shelter). We filed jointly. Is my stimulus check going to her ex husband?

  8. Honest says

    Get My Payment app has Technical/Logic Error. It asks for Money You Owe to IRS Or The Refund that one got from IRS (for those who file for 2018 or 2019 Taxes). Now the Error; If you have Zero Refund and Not owing anything, You are Out-Of-Luck. The system Will Not recognize you and will show Technical Error AND you will Not be able to provide your Bank information.

    I hope this be communicated to IRS!

    • Honest says

      Hate to reply o myself, but issue still there! Bad app design, but who cares! Perhaps I need to shut up and wait for paper check; whenever it arrives, if any 😉

      • Kaki says

        Honest- I have not been able to get the IRS Get My Payment to work either. We actually had a negative gross income and the site will not accept any way to show that it is negative. So I have tried in several different ways and end up getting locked out and have to wait 24 hours to try again. I am guessing since we met the requirements that we eventually recieve a paper check in the mail. I have heard that may take several months. Oh Well.

  9. Linda Bohondoney says

    Financially, I receive below poverty level, and I presently live in shelter. Under these circumstances, it would seem like they should receive financial assistance. Due government negligence, I am in this situation.

  10. jacqueline mcgeary says

    I don’t file taxes i’m on soc sec and ssi now I like to know when we will be getting them and if they go direct dept and if for some reason the don’t have the info for your bank account then what happends I like to know thank you for your time I know they are scam out their so i’m not going to give my bank info on here for that reason

    • Ryan Guina says

      Jacqueline, you can visit the IRS website to enter your direct deposit information. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that, then the IRS will mail you a check. Best wishes.

  11. lisa m ledford says

    I’m married. We have two kids they are 8 and 6 years old and I didn’t work much this year. I only made $1,600 for that. My husband works and I’m a stay at home now, and I haven’t filed my taxes for this year yet but I filed my taxes in 2018 and it wasn’t much either like under $3000 total. I’ve moved since I filed in 2018 and I’m asking is there any way to find out what address that the IRS has on file or if there is a way I can put a direct deposit to receive my stimulus check? and also my husband owes back child support from his last marriage will they take his stimulus check or will they take both of our checks?

    • Ryan Guina says

      Lisa, if you filed a joint tax return with your husband, then you won’t need to file a new tax return. The IRS will automatically send your stimulus check to you based on the information they have on file. If they have your banking information you will receive a direct deposit. If not, they will send a check. You can update your mailing address or preference to receive a direct deposit on the IRS website. Please read the instructions in the article above – there are links to the IRS website to make these changes. I don’t have an answer on the child support issue.

  12. ivory frazier says

    I need to know do we got to update even if we been filing with the same company for years like liberty tax j.p morgan bank

    • Ryan Guina says

      Ivory, you should not need to make any updates if you have filed your taxes in 2018 or 2019, unless your information has changed (for example, you wish to have a direct deposit instead of having your check mailed, or if you need to update your physical mailing address). The article includes a link to the IRS website where you can find more information and make the changes.

  13. Josh Trammell says

    I have not yet filed my taxes for 2019. And when I filed my taxes in 2018 I had to pay in. Will this affect my stimulus payment or eligibility?

    • Ryan Guina says

      Josh, your stimulus eligibility is based on your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). If you qualify for the stimulus check based on your 2018 AGI, then you should be fine and you don’t need to file your 2019 return in order to be eligible for the stimulus check.

  14. Lucreshia D Baker says

    How can we contact the irs about our stimulus check if it went to a tax third party bank and that is not your bank?

  15. Jerome Garrison Jr says

    My stimulus check was deposited into an account that does not belong to me. Who should I contact?

    • Ryan Guina says

      Contact the IRS. I don’t know who else to contact. Also, check to make sure you haven’t had any fraudulent tax returns filed under your social security number. Some thieves file tax returns in other people’s names and social security numbers and have it sent to a different bank account. This could be a sign that someone has previously filed a false tax return in your name. Of course, it could also be a typo on one of the previously filed tax forms. Best wishes!

  16. Susan Unversaw says

    I am married and file jointly. Together my spouse and I made $201,000 in 2018. This year, 2019, we only made $130,000, but we have not completed our taxes. So using the income for 2018, we did not qualify for a stimulus check, but in 2019 we would have. Will we still get the stimulus check when we file our taxes for 2019?

    • Ryan Guina says

      Susan, yes, you should. I would file your return as soon as you can finish it. Be sure to file it electronically and submit your bank account information if you want to receive your check more quickly via direct deposit to your bank. Otherwise, you will receive a paper check, which could take months to arrive. Best wishes!

  17. Bambi Lyfte says

    I do not think it is fair that an 18 year senior will not get the check, but an 18 month old will, just my opinion. I mean that 18 month old parents will spend its money, when the 18 year old could have used the money for graduation or college.

    • John Charles says

      You misunderstand the program. An 18 year old who files taxes and is NOT claimed as a dependant by a parent WILL get a check. An 18 year old who is claimed as a dependent will not get a check BUT their parent (or guardian) will get the $500 child funds.

      • Ryan Guina says

        John, your statement is partially correct. An 18-year-old who is not claimed as a dependent will get a stimulus check. Anyone ages 17 and over who can be claimed as a dependent is not eligible for a stimulus check, nor will their guardian receive one. Parents and guardians can only receive the $500 payment for dependents ages 16 and younger.

    • mary k. says

      my husband and I are on social security, when can we expect our stimulus check to be deposited, we don’t have to file taxes.

  18. MichaelM says

    I have not received my stimulus payment yet. I claimed myself on my tax return, and have filed it both in 2018 and 2019. I made under the 75k per year, and have no kids or spouses.
    My mom helps me file my taxes, and she got her stimulus at first availability.

    I was wondering if their are any ideas on why I may not have got mine yet. My mom did say she could have claimed me, but she did not I saw the return I did claim myself. I believe you only don’t get that payment if someone actually claims you, but if that is incorrect please let me know. Thank you.

  19. Jamie says

    Yes I did not bring home a certain amount from job so I did not have to file for 2018 and 2019 my ? Is how would I figure out how to make sure I don’t have to file still

  20. Eddie says

    I filed my 2019 return with no direct deposit info. I do collect SS with direct deposit info will I still get my stimulus check with direct deposit. Will the IRS get my banking info from SS.? Thank you.

  21. Ethen says

    I use the itin number to file tax returns with citizens wife, Will it affect those who are eligible to receive the money?

  22. Jose Arcos says

    I would really love some help and information on how I can keep an update on my stimulus check me and my family will really benefit from it as I haven’t been working much at al

    • Ryan Guina says

      Mindy, the article covers this topic. The answer is yes, but you may need to fill out a form on the IRS website. This is discussed in the article above.

  23. Nicholas Grider says

    My income is SSDI, and while I didn’t file *federal* taxes for either of the past two years, I did file state taxes because of a renter’s credit for which I’m eligible. This means I did have to complete, in a very cursory way, my federal taxes, because my taxable income was $0. Does having needed federal tax information in order to file state taxes qualify me as having (technically) filed, or does that not count? While it would not seem the economic fallout would affect me because I’m on SSDI, it absolutely did because I am/was a part-time student and was partly dependent on school and local social services that have disappeared. Until I get this stimulus, I have no money for food, tuition, any of my utilities, and for the financial planning/legal help I need to sort out a shady “debt consolidation” firm. Is there anything I can do but wait? If I don’t need to re-enter my information because I receive SSDI through direct deposit, will complicating things by trying to use the IRS system end up slowing things down?

  24. MARYANN says

    I was inquiring about what paperwork my mother needs to fill out for her 1,200 refund check.
    She does not file taxes and has no computer. She is receiving VA Benefits as my father has passed away.
    Is there paperwork I may print for her online so she may send in?
    Thank you

  25. MLove says

    I owe taxes and filled out the non-filer app on IRS with my direct deposit information from PNC prepaid. Will I receive through direct deposit or check or nothing???

    • Ryan Guina says

      Hello MLove, I do not know if the IRS will issue stimulus checks to prepaid cards. You can check the status of your stimulus check on the IRS website. Hopefully, they will have this information for you soon. Best wishes.

  26. Margaret Spencer says

    I pay taxes also I’m on SOCIAL SECURITY. How would I get a check.H.R. Emerald. Card or SOCIAL SECURITY.

  27. Sbb says

    If I havent filed in 10 years because I’ve been on public assistance and been applying for ssd will I get a stimulus check?…people on public assistance need it just as bad as anyone else,

  28. jackie says

    my husband and I have custody of our two grandchildren (for 15 yrs now ) one 18 one 16..we claim them both on taxes..do they both qualify for the stimulis help..And if not what do we have to do , also my husband just retired .

    • Ryan Guina says

      Jackie, if you claim them on your taxes, then the 16 year is most likely eligible for the $500 patent. The 18-year-old would not be, as the rules stipulate it is only available for dependents ages 16 and under. Best wishes.

  29. billy d ellison says

    I am on ssd and make less than $10,000 a yr with no other income. Why have I not received my stimulus money? I have direct deposit and have had it for over 15yrs now. Please reply to my e-mail address. Thanks.

  30. Kim says

    My son just recently got laid off from his job due to the coronavirus he was given a slip showing that he was laid off due to the virus but when he went to file for unemployment they denied him oh and he’s a new father with the three month old baby and new wife and they they didn’t get credited for their newborn baby of 3 months of age as well and I was just wondering why why there baby wasn’t qualified even though it says 17 years of age and under with my understanding and why he’s not eligible for unemployment benefits and this is all you know very much needed along with everybody else your name just curious thank you

    • Ryan Guina says

      Kim, I can’t comment on why he was denied unemployment benefits – that is something he will need to take up with the state employment office. Regarding his 2-month-old child – the IRS most likely does not know about this child. They will either need to add the new child to their claim via the IRS website, or they will need to wait until they file their tax return next year. Best wishes.

    • nilufer says

      My stimulus check also scheduled for April 24th I still haven’t heard from it. when will I receive it ??

  31. Kevin B says

    My wife and I file a joint return (no children). Will we get separate checks/deposit or one check/deposit? I provided the IRS with my direct deposit information. Will my wife need to do the same?

  32. Virgie Warren-Gamble says

    my husband and I receive social security retirement on debit cards but we did file income tax last year and received paper checks and it seems everyone has already gotten stimulus checks but us and we have worked 40 some years each and people who have not even worked have gotten checks already this is a shame

    • Ryan Guina says

      Virgie, the IRS can only send out 5 million checks per week – they expect to send out a total of 70 million checks. It will take weeks before they can process every check that needs to be sent. Patience is required here. Best wishes.

  33. John says

    I am self employed I have never filed taxes and I am under the radar for some reason. I went to the stimulus website for non filers. It asked too many questions. So I didn’t finish the form and I erased everything. If I try to finish the form to get a stimulus check will that raise a red flag and will they then be able to come after me? Or do you think I can get a stimulus check because I am now out of work? I’m scared.

    • Ryan Guina says

      John, the IRS has stated they will not withhold stimulus checks if someone owes money for taxes or owes other government debts. But the only way to receive a stimulus check is to file your tax return. That may raise a red flag, or it may not. I don’t know for certain. But at some point, you will need to start filing taxes. I recommend speaking with a tax professional or legal professional to guide you through this situation. Best wishes.

  34. Charity says

    I claimed my fiancee on my taxes under dependents along with our children I received no money for him on taxes but since I claimed him as a dependent it says that he isn’t eligible for a stimulus check! How is that fair?

  35. Janet says

    I received my stimulus check today; however it is addressed to me and my husband who is deceased. How do I send it back for a correct check to me:

  36. Lovee says

    My ex husband owes me thousands of dollars in back child support – he’s on disability now & has been for many years. Who will get his stimulus money? Please respond. Thank you so much! May 2nd, 2020

    • Ryan Guina says

      Lovee, the IRS and Treasury have both announced that stimulus checks can be garnished if the recipient is behind of child support payments. I am not sure how exactly this is handled or if there needs to be a court order in place to determine where the money goes or how it is handled.

  37. Theera says

    hello, in case I don’t have income and I am working as a volunteer, can I get that’s one?

    • Ryan Guina says

      Theera, you should be eligible for a stimulus check if you are qualified. Check with the IRS website for the status of your check. If they do not have your information, you may need to provide it so the IRS can process your check. Best wishes.

  38. valerie says

    I want to know why I haven’t got my stimulas yet and when is it showing up in my account my sister and mom&dad got theres last week iam very upset and sick I haven’t got mine yet and a lot of other people have

    • Ryan Guina says

      Valerie, I recommend checking the IRS website for the status of your check. That is the best resource. Additionally, it may take several weeks to receive a check by mail as the IRS is processing up to 70 million paper checks at a rate of 5 million checks per week. Best wishes!

    • Ryan Guina says

      Lily, you should if you otherwise qualify. Those who mail in returns will typically receive a stimulus check in the mail. This may take several weeks as the IRS is processing up to 70 million paper checks at a rate of 5 million checks per week. Best wishes!

  39. Luke says

    Hello,
    Good afternoon to everyone. I am a citizen of south-central Pennsylvania. I am on for disability. I have very severe disabilities and I have been on disability for Approximately 15 years. I have heard numerous others who are on disability, received their stimulus the same day May 1 they received the regular disability payment. On May 1, 2020, I received my regular disability payment, yet I did not receive my $1200 stimulus deposit. Therefore, my question is when will I was in a citizen of the state of Pennsylvania, a disabled citizen of approximately 15 years of Pennsylvania receive my $1200 Dollar stimulus deposit? I have heard numerous rumors stating that we will read receive checks. But that makes no sense when the IRS previously stated the $1200 stimulus will be deposited in your bank account that your disability checks are deposited in. I am very confused, upset, no food, can I pay my bills, the list goes on for days. Becoming very frustrated with the IRS continually pushing the dates forward, forward, and then a week forward another week after that. So my question to you is, what is the correct date I will receive my $1200 stimulus I am entitled to as a United States citizen of Pennsylvania?

  40. Evelyn says

    Hello,

    Our situation is: family of six, All US citizens. Child ages 25, 19,18,16 all going to school. I only received $2900 for stimulus. The aged 25 child wasn’t going to school the year 2018-2019 but still filed the child with us in our taxes. Just curious why we got that much only?

    • Ryan Guina says

      Hello Evelyn, the additional $500 for children is only applicable to children ages 16 and under. It appears as though you received the correct amount based on the information provided. Best wishes.

    • Ryan Guina says

      Peggy, I’m sorry you didn’t receive the additional payments for your children. You will need to contact the IRS to determine why they didn’t send the additional payment. Best wishes.

  41. Tonya says

    My check said it would be deposited in my account on April 30th and I still haven’t received it yet. I called my bank and they said there’s nothing pending.

  42. Kelsie says

    I am 26 and a student. I filed my return for 2019 and received my refund direct deposit and still have not received my stimulus. When visiting the get my payment took on the irs page I receive the “payment status not available” message. Does anyone know what I should do?

  43. YT says

    I am a widow. My husband died a few years ago. My only child is grown and has a family of his own. My job transferred me to a city. The cost of living tripled from the rural area I am from. My job does have some overtime which I am grateful for. It pays the bills but also puts me in a higher tax bracket. We’ve been off for 3 months any savings is almost gone is you kept paying your bills. To get to the stimulus I got my card out the mail and my check was 201.18. Second round I will be getting 200 dollars again. Please tell me how does that help . I kept paying my bills. Can’t get in to unemployment to file but when I do they will back pay everything but until then. I thought the second check it did not matter your income you would get 1200. I know people that made 120 + but filed head of household got the 1200 + 500 per child. Some got 6000. I am not getting the calculation. Many people did not benefit from this stimulus package at all but they sure eat my check up every week taking taxes out. I do not feel it was distributed fairly. People that pay large amounts of taxes gets nothing but penalized for trying to work overtime to keep from drowning only to get nothing from their hard work

  44. Dorothy s says

    My only income is survivor’s benefits I receive from SS. I don’t have to file taxes. I still haven’t received my stimulus payment. When I checked the status it says not enough info, still checking OR not eligible. I am worried sick that my brother in law fraudulently claimed me on his tax return.How long should I wait and what should I do?

  45. Cindy says

    This is the middle of August and I still have not received my check. I filed my 2019 taxes early and got my refund sent to my account. I make less than the &75,000 and have no children nor am I on someone else’s taxes. I tried the web site and all I get is a message that they could not process at this time. What can I do? Is it coming? I tried calling but that is a joke. I spent over 25 min only to told they could not tell you personal information. Then they hung up on me. Anything I can do other than wait and see if I get one?

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