Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive a relief check?

All U.S. residents with gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for married couples, who are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work-eligible social security number, are eligible for the full $1,200 ($2,400 married) rebate. In addition, they are eligible for an additional $500 per child. The amount is completely phased-out for single filers with incomes exceeding $99,000, $136,500 for the head of household filers with one child, and $198,000 for joint filers with no children. 

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Do I have to apply to receive checks?

The checks will be distributed based on your 2018 or 2019 tax returns. If you file taxes, you do not need to do anything further. If you did not file taxes and have tax-exempt income such as social security or disability, you’ll most likely need to complete a free tax return filing through the IRS. This information is not currently available but will be updated at www.irs.gov/coronavirus

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Do people on social security and disability receive checks?

Yes, in the coming days, the IRS will provide additional guidance for individuals who receive tax-exempt income such as social security or disability. The information will be updated on www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

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Will the checks be taxed?

The check is not considered taxable income per the Senate Finance Committee.

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If 2019 is the first year I’m filing taxes and I haven’t filed them yet, what happens?

If so then fill out your tax return ASAP with complete and accurate information to become eligible for the rebate check.

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How will the IRS know where to send my payment?

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

For people who have already filed their 2019 tax returns, the IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount. For those who have not yet filed their return for 2019, the IRS will use information from their 2018 tax filing to calculate the payment. The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed. (Source: irs.gov/coronavirus)

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

In the coming weeks, Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail. (Source: irs.gov/coronavirus)

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What if someone says they can help me get my check sooner?

If someone tells you they can get your check to you sooner, they are a scam. If you have any questions, contact my office. The IRS will be updating the following page with info as it becomes available: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

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Can I access my retirement accounts for additional financial assistance?

Yes, individuals can access their retirement accounts for extra help as well.

Special Rules for Retirement Funds:

  • Permits up to $100,000 be withdrawn without penalty for a period over three years if account holder or family member has COVID-19 or is experiencing hardship
  • Provision retroactive to January 1, 2020
  • Distributions will be subject to tax; payments made back to the account are in addition to the regular contribution limits
  • Distributions are eligible under the following circumstances:
    • Individual is diagnosed with COVID-19
    • Spouse or Dependent is diagnosed with COVID-19
    • Individual experiences adverse financial consequences as a result of being quarantined, furloughed, reduced hours, or being unable to work due to lack of child care, etc.
  • Minimum Distribution Rules normally in place at age 70.5 are temporarily waived
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Can I delay filing income taxes?

Individuals are able to delay filing of income taxes from April 15, 2020 until July 15, 2020.

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