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Individuals earning up to $75,000 in adjusted gross income and who have a Social Security number will receive a $1,200 payment. The payment steadily declines for those who make more, and phases out for those who earn more than $99,000.
For married couples, both adults receive $1,200, with the phase-out starting at $150,000 of income and falling to zero for couples who earn $198,000. Families will also receive $500 for each child. For heads of household with one child, the benefit starts to decline at $112,500 and falls to zero at $146,500.
If you haven’t prepared a 2019 tax return yet, you can use your 2018 return. If you haven’t filed that yet, you can use a 2019 Social Security statement showing your income to see what an employer reported to the IRS.
No. If the Internal Revenue Service already has your bank account information from your 2019 or 2018 tax returns, they will transfer the money to you via direct deposit. Everyone else will be mailed a check.
In the coming weeks, the IRS plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information, so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail.
The IRS has started sending stimulus payments, with the first payments hitting customer accounts on April 15. To find out when your stimulus check is coming, visit the IRS Get My Payments tool.
According to the bill, you will get a paper notice in the mail no later than a few weeks after your payment has been disbursed. That notice will contain information about where the payment ended up and in what form it was made. If you couldn’t locate the payment at that point, it would be time to contact the IRS using the information on the notice.
Reminder: Not everyone is eligible for the stimulus payment. View Who gets a stimulus payment?