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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I check the status of my relief check?

Visit the IRS's Get My Payment Tool to check the status of your relief check.

Q: Why is my relief check amount different than anticipated?

There are a number of reasons your payment amount could be different than anticipated. Visit the IRS's Q&A page on this topic to learn more.

Q: Who is eligible for the one-time relief check?

  1. Everyone is eligible to receive a relief check as long as you have a Social Security number and you are an individual who makes less than $99,000 a year or a married couple that makes less than $198,000 a year.
  2. If you are claimed as a dependent on your parent’s tax return, you will not be eligible for this relief check. Parents who have claimed children under the age of 17 as dependents will receive an additional $500 per child.
  3. TurboTax created a 2020 Economic Impact Payment Calculator to determine if you are eligible for a relief check from the government:

Q: How will I get my money?

  1. If you are on Social Security, receive Social Security disability benefits or veterans benefits, the IRS will use the information they have on file for you to get you your relief check. You don’t need to do anything to receive your relief check, unless you have a dependent under the age of 17 and did not file taxes in 2018 or 2018. In that case, you need to enter your payment information on the IRS website HERE to claim an additional $500 for each dependent.
  2. If you had a gross income that did not exceed $12,200 for 2019 and were not required to file a 2019 tax return, enter your payment information for your relief check on the IRS website HERE.
  3. If you paid taxes in 2019 or 2018 and have direct deposit already established with the IRS, you will receive your money through that mechanism beginning in the third week of April.
  4. If you regularly file taxes and would like to update the address/bank information that the IRS has on file visit the IRS's Get My Payment Tool. This tool also allows you to check the status of your relief check.

Q: How much money will I get?

  1. Individuals whose adjusted gross income is $75,000 or less will receive $1,200.
  2. Married couples whose adjusted gross income is $150,000 or less will receive $2,400.
  3. If you are a parent with a child claimed as a dependent, you will receive an extra $500 per child. In general, a child is any dependent of a taxpayer under the age of 17.
  4. You are eligible for checks unless you are an individual who makes more than $99,000 a year or a married couple that makes more than $198,000 a year.
  5. The relief check amount decreases by $5 for every $100 you are above the $75,000 income threshold. For example. If you are an individual that makes $80,000, you will receive a $950 check.
  6. You will be notified after your payment is disbursed.

Other Questions

  1. Relief checks are not considered taxable income.
  2. The normal IRS rules for child support and tax refunds will apply, which means that refunds for people who are behind on those payments may be smaller.
  3. Other IRS liabilities won’t come out of the payments and even people who owe back taxes should get the full amount they qualify for.
  4. Parents of children born this year won’t get a payment for that child now.