The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently signed into law provides a one-time payment, among other items, to individuals to help ease the economic strain caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
Here are the details of the stimulus payment initiative.
WHO QUALIFIES TO RECEIVE A PAYMENT? A one-time payment of $1,200 will be sent to most adults. For every qualifying child under age 17, families will receive an additional $500. Retirees and people on disability are also eligible to receive a payment.
WHEN WILL I GET MY PAYMENT? The IRS hopes to get the first batch of payments out the week of April 6. It may take up to a month for everyone to get their checks, assuming everything goes as planned.
HOW ARE PAYMENTS BEING MADE? If you included your bank account and routing information on your 2019 tax return, you will receive your stimulus payment via direct deposit. If you haven't filed your 2019 tax return, the IRS will use information from your 2018 tax return. If you did not include your bank account and routing information on either your 2019 or 2018 tax returns, the IRS will allow you to request direct deposit from a screen (under development) from their website. All others will receive their payment via a check in the mail.
Alert! Invalid bank information. If you have not filed your 2019 tax return AND the direct deposit information on your 2018 tax return is no longer valid (i.e. you opened a new bank account), you will need to take action immediately! If you do nothing, the bank deposit will, hopefully, be rejected and you will receive your check in the mail. Expect a delay, however, as it may take several months to receive a check by mail. You can also try calling the IRS to update your information.
WILL I GET THE ENTIRE AMOUNT? As with other government programs, there is an income phaseout. Here are the thresholds:
HOW WILL MY INCOME BE CALCULATED? Your 2019 tax return will be used to determine your income for purposes of whether you receive the full amount of the stimulus check and how many qualifying children you have. If you haven’t filed your 2019 tax return, your 2018 tax return will be used.
Alert! Don't use my current situation. It may make sense to get your 2019 tax return in immediately OR DELAY IT. Figure out which tax return gives you the best payment! if phaseouts using last year's information lowers your payment amount get your 2019 tax return filed. If your 2019 return lowers the payment, delay filing it. So pull out last year's return NOW and take a look!
ARE THE PAYMENTS TAXABLE? No. These payments are not taxable.
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