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New One-time payment to help with coronavirus impacts

Economic Impact Payments | Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

1. How it Works

Adults and families with work-eligible social security numbers (SSN) can receive economic impact payments from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • Qualifying adults can receive up to $1,200, with an additional $500 for each child under age 17 with a social security number (SSN).
  • Married couples with no children can receive a total of $2,400.
  • You can’t get a payment if someone claims you as a dependent, even if you’re an adult (including college students).
  • Most people will get their payments as a direct deposit from the IRS.
  • Payments go only to people who have filed tax returns in 2019 or 2018, but it is possible to file a 2019 return now.
  • Those who get Social Security benefits automatically receive payment.
  • Immigrants who lack a Social Security number, or are part of a tax household in which any member lacks a Social Security number, are not eligible (with exceptions for members of the military)
  • You will receive a full payment if your income is up to $75,000 for an individual, $112,500 for a head of household, and $150,000 for joint filers.
  • Payments decrease for incomes above those amounts and cut off at $99,000 for individuals, $146,500 for heads of households, and $198,000 for joint filers.
  • You do not have to pay income taxes on this stimulus payment.

2. Determine your eligibility

To qualify you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident (green card holder)
  • Have a valid Social Security number and not be part of a tax household in which someone does not have a Social Security number (there is an exception for members of the military)
  • Not be listed as a dependent on anyone else’s tax return
  • Have filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return, If you did not, you can file a 2019 return now. You do not need to have filed a 2018 return if you receive certain benefits, including:
    • Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), survivor benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans Affairs benefits, Railroad Retirement benefits.
  • Pass the IRS “substantial presence test” and have a valid Social Security number if you are a non-citizen without a green card
  • Have an adjusted gross income of $99,000 or less as an individual, $146,500 or less as a head of household, or $198,000 as a married couple

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3. How to Apply

3. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

  • IRS will deliver Economic Impact Payments by direct deposit if you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return, or receive benefits listed below and if the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has your bank account information. If IRS doesn’t have your bank account, you will get a check.
  • If you did not file a 2018 or 2019 return, you can file a 2019 tax return now. The deadline to file your 2019 taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020.
  • Use the “Get My Payment” site to:
    • Check your payment status
    • Confirm your payment type: direct deposit or check
    • If your payment has not yet been sent, enter your bank account information for direct deposit
  • People who receive certain benefits receive automatic payment, even if they have not filed 2018 or 2019 tax returns. This includes people who receive:
    • Social Security retirement
    • disability (SSDI)
    • survivor benefits
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • Veterans Affairs benefits
    • Railroad Retirement benefits.
  • If you receive the above benefits and have dependent children under the age of 17, you can claim an additional $500 per child by providing additional information to the IRS through Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.
  • You can provide your payment information to the IRS through Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here if you did not file taxes because of the following:
    • Had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019
    • Were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019, and didn’t plan to

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More ways to get help with this program

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Visit the IRS website to find out more information

Learn more about the difference between Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool, and Get My Payment Tool.

Immigrants can make an appointment with ActionNYC to receive assistance.

Contact the IRS

Contact your local IRS office.

Last Updated Monday, August 31st, 4:19pm