Third Stimulus Check (Free Government Money) Update in Biden COVID Relief Package (ARP) – Latest Status, $1400 Payment Date and Non-Filer Tool

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This article was last updated on March 12

This article provides updates, income qualification thresholds and FAQs on the various COVID relief Stimulus (a.k.a Economic Impact) payments made over the last year. Each round of stimulus “check” payments has slightly different rules (and payment constraints) so please ensure you review each one separately. Click the links below to jump to the relevant stimulus payment.

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Third Stimulus Check in 2021 Under Biden COVID Relief Package

Under the now passed $1.9 Trillion Biden COVID Relief Package (American Rescue Plan, ARP) there are provisions included for another (third) round of stimulus checks. The amounts will be $2800 for couples$1400 for single adults and $1400 for each eligible dependent per the final bill crafted by the Congressional Democrats.

Based on the income qualification levels, nearly 85 percent of American households would receive a full or partial stimulus payment under the Biden plan. A typical couple with two children making $100,000 annually would receiving about $5,600 with this third round of stimulus check payments.

The full payment will be made to singles filers making less than $75,000 and couples earning less than $150,000 in adjusted gross income (AGI). Phase out limits to get a partial stimulus payment are also shown in the table below. To get the dependent check you need to qualify for the adult stimulus payment, and the payment would be sent to the adult recipient claiming the dependent.

2019 or 2020 Tax Filing StatusIncome Below Which FULL Stimulus is PaidMaximum Income To Qualify for Partial Stimulus
Single or Married filing separate$75,000$80,000
Head of household$112,500$120,000
Married filing jointly$150,000$160,000
2021 Third Stimulus Check Income Qualification and Phase-out Thresholds Limits

Expanding Dependent Eligibility

The latest round of stimulus checks will allow people to use the later of their 2019 or 2020 tax data (file your tax return via TurboTax) to ensure the latest dependent and payment information can be used. Further, the new legislation has expanded the dependent eligibility criteria to include college-aged and elderly dependents claimed on tax returns. While this means many dependents who missed out on earlier stimulus payments will get paid this time around, I expect payment issues and delays for dependents to repeat themselves.

The $1400 stimulus payment will considered as an advanced refundable credit against your 2021 taxes. You won’t have to pay taxes on it, but can also be claimed in your 2021 return as a recovery rebate credit if you don’t get it for some reason this year.

Should I hold off on filing my 2020 tax return and what happens if the IRS uses 2019 tax information?

It likely won’t make a difference in the longer term other than to update dependent or payment data, but the IRS will only use your 2020 tax return data to determine eligibility for this round of stimulus checks if they have processed your return (WMR refund state = refund sent). If your 2020 return has not been filed and processing, they will use 2019 tax data for payment.

If your 2020 return is filed and/or processed after the IRS sends you a third stimulus check, but before July 15, 2021 the IRS would send you a second payment or require a repayment for the difference between what your payment should have been if based on your 2020 return and the payment actually sent based on your 2019 return.

When Could The Stimulus Payments Start?

Following approval of the bill on March 11th, millions of Americans will start seeing the third stimulus payments by mid-to-late March 2021 per the estimated IRS payment schedule and official Biden administration guidance. Comments below confirm these are going out now. You can also check the IRS Get May Payment (GMP) tool for the latest status of your payment. See payment FAQs from the second round of payments, which will also apply for the most part this time around.

Due to the fact that payments are going out in the middle of tax season it may be very hard to get a hold of someone in the IRS to help with payment issues and you will likely have to wait until after April 15th to follow up on issues.

New Debit Cards to be Issued for Third Round of Stimulus Checks

The new legislation includes provisions for those receiving payments by debit card. With this round of payments, new debit cards will be issued for the third/latest stimulus payments. The IRS cannot use the prior debit cards used for earlier stimulus payments.

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2021 $600 Stimulus Check (COVID RELIEF Payment) Details

[Update Feb 16th, 2021Payment Status] While the CAA legislation, under which the stimulus payments were funded, required that the second round of payments be issued by Jan. 15, 2021, some second round Economic Impact Payments may still be in the mail and delivered by the end of February. The IRS however has confirmed has issued all first and second Economic Impact Payments it is legally permitted to issue, based on information on file for eligible people.

Get My Payment was last updated on Jan. 29, 2021, to reflect the final payments and will not update again for first or second Economic Impact Payments.

If you haven’t yet received your payment and GMP is not showing payment details then the IRS is recommending you claim this (and past missing payments if eligible) via a recovery rebate credit in your 2020 tax return that you will file this year. Major tax software providers like Turbo Tax and Tax Act have updated their software to allow tax payers to claim their missing first or second stimulus payment as a recovery rebate with their 2020 tax filing.

Under the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, the IRS has delivered more than 147 million EIPs (stimulus payments) totaling over $142 billion. Due to the lower income qualification thresholds and smaller payments this was lower than the 160 million payments ($270 billion) made via the first stimulus check.

President Biden also recently signed an Executive Order for the IRS to provide a new tool to claim missing stimulus checks and conduct more analysis to ensure those who were unable to get their first or second check are notified around their eligibility.

Also I have posted two recent videos on this topic of missing stimulus checks, particularly dependent payments, one is a detailed review of the $600 Dependent Stimulus and the subsequent one is a Q&A for Issues People are Seeing with this Payment.

[December 29th, 2020] President Trump signed the $900 billion COVID relief stimulus package into law despite earlier objections and last minute demands to triple the size of the stimulus/economic relief payment. He eventually signed the COVID relief package due to Congressional and public pressure, not to mention the plight this would have placed millions of Americans into. The second round of stimulus checks however have been cut to $600 (singles) and $1200 (couples) versus the first round of economic impact payments of $1200 ($2400 for couples). This was done in order to keep the overall COVID relief bill price-tag to below $1 trillion to get passed through the Republican controlled Senate. The dependent stimulus check however was increased to $600 versus the $500 in the CARES stimulus package.

To be eligible for the full stimulus check payment eligible recipients will have to have earned less than $75,000 (150,000 couples). The stimulus check will fully phase out for singles with incomes below $87,000 and $174,000 for couples. Those earning above that amount will not be eligible for the stimulus check for themselves or their dependents. See the table below for the second stimulus check income thresholds (and earlier updates below for how this compares to first round of stimulus checks). Your second stimulus check qualifying income is based on your 2019 tax return for those who file a return. SSI and veterans will get this payment in the same way they got their first stimulus check.

Second Stimulus Check Income Thresholds

2019 Tax Filing StatusIncome Below Which FULL Stimulus is PaidMaximum Income To Qualify for Partial Stimulus
Single or Married filing separate$75,000$87,000
Head of household$112,500$124,500
Married filing jointly$150,000$174,000
2020 Second Stimulus Checks Income Qualification Thresholds

When Will the New Stimulus Payments/Checks be made?

The IRS will be responsible for making these stimulus payment checks and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, whose department oversees the IRS, said that payments go out within a week of the bill being formally approved. This means payments could hit bank accounts before the end of the year. Payments would be made in multiple batches and if all goes according to plan the first round of payments would begin on 12/28 (subject to bank processing). Processing will go until January 15th for Direct Deposit payments. Checks and Debit Cards will take until the end of January 2020 to get processed. See more on the IRS Stimulus Check Payment Schedule.

The inclusion of the one-time stimulus payment however has also meant a cut in extra unemployment benefits that are also part of the overall package. More to come as the bill gets finalized and I will post updates. See this $600 stimulus update video for a quick summary as well.

Here are some questions and answers around this new stimulus payment:

If I didn’t file taxes in 2019/2020 will I receive the stimulus (non-filers)? Unlike the first stimulus payment where those who didn’t need to file a tax return could update the IRS’ non-filer tool, this time around due to the speed of roll-out of the second stimulus check and with tax season around the corner the IRS has said the non-filer tool is closed for updates. The IRS will be using information they have as of Nov 21, 2020 or from your first stimulus check payment (if applicable). Otherwise they are encouraging you to the stimulus (known as a recovery rebate credit in tax terms) by filing a 2020 1040 or 1040-SR tax return. Free tax software programs can be used by people who are not normally required to file tax returns but are eligible to claim the credit.

How will I get paid? Like the first stimulus payment in 2020, the IRS will facilitate payment of these checks based on your 2019 tax information. You will also get the dependent stimulus payment for eligible dependents claimed on your tax return. For other groups who don’t file taxes the IRS will work with other government departments (e.g Social security agency for SSI recipients) or the Get My Payment tool. Direct deposit will still be the fastest way to get your payment.

How will I receive the payment in my bank account? If you’re eligible to receive a payment via direct deposit it will be deposited directly into the same account used when you filed your 2019 tax return and/or the account number used in the previous stimulus payment program. The payment will appear in your account summary as “IRS TREAS 310 XXTAXEIP2” or something similar. You can also check the IRS site for the latest status of your payment.

If you did not give the IRS your direct deposit account information through your federal tax return in the last two years, and have not provided the IRS with your information as a non-filer, you will likely receive a US Treasury check. The check will be mailed to the address on file at the IRS from the prior year tax return. It could take 5 to 6 weeks to get the check via mail.

Dependents in 2020? Households who added dependents in 2020 might not qualify for full payments immediately, since based on 2019 tax return information. But they can request additional money as part of the 2020 tax returns they will file in early 2021. See more in this articles for dependent qualification income thresholds.

Qualification Income thresholds changing? Income thresholds will stay in line with the original stimulus check levels, but the maximum limits have been lowered per the table above.

I heard the amount could be higher than $600? $600 is now the amount Democrats and Republicans have agreed to. While there are some members of Congress (including President Trump) wanted the full $1200 or higher $2000 payment, it would have made the overall stimulus package too expensive and unlikely to be approved by more conservative Republicans. However we may see a $2000 stimulus under the new Biden administration based on recent reports and I will post an update on that soon.


[Update following $908 billion proposed stimulus] Congress is back in session after a tough election cycle which enlarged the already wide chasm between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to agreeing on a new Coronavirus / COVID stimulus package. At this stage the main hope is that the lame-duck Congress (until January 2020) can approve an interim stimulus package ahead of a more comprehensive one during the Biden administration era.

As the pandemic and COVID outbreaks spread across the country there is increased pressure on Congress to pass some form of Stimulus relief package before the end of 2020. While there have been a few bills passed (e.g. HEROES act) that have passed one chamber of Congress, bipartisan support has been virtually non-existent. But this may be changing as the economic situation worsens. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have recently backed a $908 billion bipartisan stimulus plan (COVID ER Framework) that was put forward by a group of Senators. However, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have only indicated limited support for this.

The one major issue with this bipartisan stimulus proposal is that it does not include funding for another round of stimulus checks. However the $918 billion proposal (from Trump/Mnuchin shown below) does have a stimulus check payment! As you can see from the table below, which shows the various areas being funded like extended unemployment benefits and COVID vaccination distribution, there is no line item for economic impact payments (a.k.a stimulus checks). This was a nearly $300bn line item under the CARES act, so a significant funding item. By cutting this, the bipartisan group of senators were able to bring the price tag to below $1 Trillion. Unfortunately this means no $1200/$2400 stimulus check and $500 child stimulus payment to over 80 million Americans.


[October 2020 update on latest negotiations] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (on behalf of President Trump) are working hard to compromise on a new $2 trillion pre-election stimulus deal that will include another stimulus check paid out this year. Per their recently passed bills in the house, there is still bipartisan consensus on a $1200/$2400 (single/married) stimulus payment along with an expanded $500 dependent payment. Any deal that is agreed upon will need to get Senate approval as well. But if all parties align, payments could come to millions of Americans by the end of the October/early November as the IRS is ready to process payments. I will continue to monitor this and update when new information is available.


[Congress Impasse] Congress continues to be at an impasse on agreeing to a stimulus package that would have included a second $1200 stimulus check. The main hold up is around the size of the stimulus package – Republicans want a smaller $1 to $1.5 trillion package vs $2.2 trillion stimulus package that Democrats recently passed. Until this is resolved and the political ping pong stops, another stimulus check payment won’t be made.


[Second Stimulus Check Update] Congressional leaders have agreed in principle that a second stimulus check will be paid in 2020, given the ongoing economic fallout from the COVID crisis. This CARES 2 economic impact payment (a.k.a stimulus check) will be part of the next stimulus package, which is still under review due to several other politically contentious items (like an extension of unemployment benefits). However another round of one-time stimulus check payments seems to be agreed upon by Republicans and Democrats, and the general consensus is for a $1200/$2400 payment in August.

Some proposals had the stimulus check as low as $600, all the way to a recurring $2,000 monthly payment! Income eligibility levels are also set to remain the same as the first stimulus check (detailed below) and based on 2019 or 2018 tax returns. Further another $500 child stimulus payment will also be made and will be expanded to cover those under 24 (versus under 17 in the first stimulus payment), so high school and college age dependents would be covered.

The stimulus payments are expected to be paid soon after the final stimulus package is approved by Congress and the White House. The first round of checks was plagued by problems as the IRS had to update systems, account for non-filers and work with several other agencies to verify payments. Luckily that is now in place so I expect the payments to be much more efficient this time around and hit most people’s bank accounts by late August.

For those waiting for their first round of stimulus payment, the IRS is still recommending these be claimed in their 2020 tax returns filed in 2021. This would also apply for those who don’t receive their second stimulus check.


First Stimulus Check (Economic Impact) Payment in 2020

[Updated June 2020] The $2.2 trillion dollar stimulus bill (CARES act) has now been signed into law. Under this bill there is the widely reported economic stimulus payment checks of $1,200 per adult and $2400 for couples. For families they would provide $500 for every eligible child. The full stimulus check would be made to those earning less than $75,000 ($150,000 for couples) and would phase out to zero for those earning more than $99,000 ($198,000 for couples). Head of household tax filers will get the full payment if they earned $112,500 or less.

In the phase out range (i.e. between $75,000 and $99,000 for singles) for every $100 you earn above the lower limit ($75,000) payment drops by $5 until you reach the maximum limit ($99,000).

Example (single) – If Brian made $67,000 last year based on his latest filed tax return, he would get the full $1200 payment. If he had made $90,000 he would only be eligible for $450 ($1200 – $750). If he had made $110,000 he wouldn’t be eligible at all.

2019 or 2018 Filing StatusIncome Below Which FULL Stimulus is PaidMaximum Income To Qualify for Partial Stimulus
Single or married filing separate$75,000$99,000
Head of household$112,500$136,500
Married filing jointly$150,000$198,000
2020 Stimulus Checks Income Qualification Thresholds

Example (married) – My wife and I made $185000. We filed jointly. Are we eligible to get anything from the 2020 stimulus? Answer – You would be eligible to get $650.00 (partial amount) under the direct payment program. Up to $150,000, you get 100% of the $2,400 stimulus payment. Anything over 150,000, you would subtract 5% of the amount over $150,000. So in your scenario, 35k over 150k. 5% of 35k is $1750, So $2400- $1750=$650.00

In addition to the above income limits to qualify for the $1200 or $2400 Economic stimulus check (or economic impact payment per IRS), recipients must have a valid Social Security number and cannot be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer,

Roughly three-quarters of people who are eligible for a $1,200 stimulus payment from the federal government have received it, according to the Treasury Department. The IRS has said that distribution of economic impact payments is nearly 75% complete and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. People with the lowest incomes will get their checks first and should already be seeing these payments in their accounts. Actual check payments take longer. The IRS also has a tool to check payment status, but be warned that this has been having issues providing accurate data and payment status. Millions of Americans have also started receiving their IRS Economic Impact Payment (EIP) letters outlining details of their stimulus payments. It provides details of the payment and a number to call, but don’t get your hopes up. At least not at this point. The number is just an automatic system giving a long message about what and who qualifies, and there are options to listen to more messages but that’s it.

If you haven’t already make sure you file your tax return (deadline extended to July 15, 2020) to ensure you get the 2020 stimulus check payment in addition to the extended and additional UI benefits. You can file for free at Turbotax and even at the IRS if you make below certain income limits.

IRS Economic Impact Payments

Child or Dependent Qualification for the $500 payment?

Several readers have asked questions around the $500 child dependent additional stimulus payment. To get this payment you must have filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return and claimed the child as dependent AND the child must be younger than 17-years-old at the end of 2020. They must also be related to you by blood, marriage, or adoption (similar to the Child Tax Credit). There is no limit to the number of dependents who can qualify for the additional $500 in one household.

This age limit is much younger than what is used by the IRS in the qualifying child test where a child must be younger than 19 years old or be a “student” younger than 24 years old as of the end of the calendar year. Hence the confusion being caused by this. So just remember if your child or eligible dependent is 17 or over you cannot claim the stimulus payment for them.

College Kids and High School Seniors

The younger than 17 yr old requirement has ruled out several thousand college students and high school kids who are older than 17, but still being claimed as a dependent by their parents on their federal tax return.

However if you are a college student AND filed a recent tax return you can qualify for a standard/adult stimulus check per the above eligibility rules. But note as soon as you file a return you cannot be claimed as a dependent by others, which means they lose certain other tax benefits and credits.

What about on Social Security or SSDI (Disability)?

Social Security recipients, disability (SSDI), Survivor Beneficiaries and Railroad Retirees who are not otherwise required to file a tax return will also be eligible for the stimulus payments, as long as their total income does not exceed the eligibility income limits above. The IRS in conjunction with the Treasury and Social Security Administration announced that recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will automatically receive the $1200 Stimulus Check (formally called Economic Impact Payments). See details here. This group of recipients will receive the stimulus check the same way they currently get their federal benefits in early May with no further action needed on their part.

However note that because the IRS has no information regarding dependent data for this group of recipients, the $500 kid dependent stimulus payment would not be automatically paid to this group. They need to use the non-filers tool on the IRS website to claim this.

How will the Stimulus check payments be made by the IRS?

[IRS Updates] – The IRS has confirmed that payments for most working Americans are expected to be calculated and deposited or mailed via check based on 2018 or 2019 federal tax filing payment details. Most people won’t need to take any action and the IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic stimulus payment to those eligible. The Treasury department, under which the IRS falls has also created a website/portal for those who are not required to file U.S. income taxes or who have to change payment information (e.g direct deposit information).

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 last valid return filed. So if your 2018 information is out of date or your income situation changed in 2019, make sure you file, even if you have no taxes due (start filing for free with TurboTax).

2020 Stimulus Check Payout Schedule

The IRS has confirmed that the distribution of economic impact payments (stimulus checks) has started and millions of Americans should have their stimulus check payment by now. Note that this will likely only apply to those receiving the payment via direct deposit (in line with how they get their tax refund or Social security check today). You can see the status of your stimulus check payment on the IRS Get My Payment portal.

  • Direct Deposit payments will generally be deposited 2 to 3 days after the IRS confirms income eligibility for the payout.
  • Physical checks will take at least 6 to 8 weeks to be mailed out.

Social Security Retirees and Disability recipients who are eligible for the payment will get the stimulus checks/payments deposited the same way they currently get their payments.

Given over 120 million Americans could be eligible for the payment, it will take a while to process the stimulus checks.

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Stimulus Check Missing Payment Issues or Errors?

The IRS will also be mailing Stimulus Payment letters to each eligible recipient’s last known address 15 days after the payment is made. The letter will provide information on how the Payment was made and how to report any failure to receive the Payment. Note that the IRS or other government departments will not contact you about your stimulus check payment details either.

Why didn’t I get a stimulus check? Remember that the IRS has to have your direct deposit details, which is normally only provided if you received a 2018 or 2019 refund. If you file a return and they cannot use their portal to add direct deposit details, then your payment will come via check which could take several weeks. At this checks will likely start arriving at your IRS registered address from the end of April.

Finally you will also likely be able to claim any missing payments in your 2020 tax return as a tax credit. All this unfortunately will mean delays in getting your stimulus payment until issues are worked through.

How will child support arrears and payments be impacted with stimulus check?

I seem to be getting a lot of comments on this question around child support. The IRS has confirmed (see q21) that the stimulus check payment will NOT be offset or intercepted for those owe tax, have a payment agreement or owe other federal or state debts. It will however be OFFSET for past-due child support. This is because a court order for child support continues until it is modified or terminated. Similarly with unemployment compensation stimulus increases, your child support may be withheld from the UI payments. You will get a notice from BFS if this happens.

Injured Spouse Claim and Spousal Claims

The IRS also stated that If you are married filing jointly and you filed an injured spouse claim with your 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if you haven’t filed your 2019 tax return), half of the total payment will be sent to each spouse and your spouse’s stimulus check payment will be offset only for past-due child support. There is no need to file another injured spouse claim for the payment. I have received dozens of comments on this this, so hopefully this answers the questions many have had based on official IRS guidance.

Note that if you were current with your child support payments at the time of the stimulus eligibility determination (end of March) but fell behind afterwards due to a COVID-19 related job loss, you would still be eligible to get the full stimulus payment.

Updating Direct Deposit Information

This question has come up a lot in the hundreds of comments to this article. The IRS has setup a portal for individuals to provide their updated banking information to receive payments via direct deposit as opposed to checks in the mail. The IRS does recommend that 2018 Filers who need to change their account information or mailing address, file 2019 taxes electronically as soon as possible. That is the only way to let us know your new information. You can file for free via TurboTax.

If your bank account details changed, was closed or no longer active (so payment is rejected by the bank) a check will be mailed to the address the IRS has have on file for you based on your most recent tax return or as updated through the United States Postal Service (USPS). You cannot call the IRS to update payment or address details at this point in time.

Do I have to pay taxes on my stimulus payment?

No. Since the stimulus check is considered a refundable tax credit, it is not classified as earned income. Hence not considered taxable income you will have to report in your 2020 tax return (filed in 2021). It also won’t affect your income for purposes of determining eligibility for federal government assistance or benefit programs.

This payment also does not have to be paid back if any over payment happens or your gross income in 2020 changes. This includes your income rising to above the qualifying thresholds. If you unexpectedly got the payment, congratulations! You get to keep it now.

Returning Incorrect Stimulus Check Payments

A few people have commented that a spouse, relative or child who died since they filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return received a stimulus check payment. The IRS has provided official guidance on this issue which states that any payments made to someone who died before receipt of the payment should be returned to the IRS in full.  The exception to this is for payments made to joint filers and one spouse who had not died before receipt of the Payment, in which case, you only need to return the portion of the Payment made on account of the decedent

Why you DID NOT Qualify for a Stimulus Check (Economic Impact Payment)

Several people have commented that they have not received or not gotten the correct amount on their stimulus checks. The IRS has provided the following reasons –

  • Your adjusted gross income in your most recent tax filing approved by the IRS was greater than than the limits shown above, which are
    $99,000 (single or married filing separately status)
    $136,500 (head of household filing status)
    $198,000 (married filing jointly status)
  • You CANNOT be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return. This includes as a child child, student or older dependent. (But those under 17 dependents can get a $500 dependent stimulus)
  • You don’t have a valid Social Security number and/or are a nonresident alien.
  • You filed Form 1040-NR or Form 1040NR-EZ, Form 1040-PR or Form 1040-SS for 2019. These are quick filing forms, but you need a standard filing (e.g via TurboTax)

793 thoughts on “Third Stimulus Check (Free Government Money) Update in Biden COVID Relief Package (ARP) – Latest Status, $1400 Payment Date and Non-Filer Tool

  1. I’m a little confused as to what to do. I filed for unemployment last year in JUNE, I was able to certify for one week (3/13/21) and now my balance is at zero. When I log into my account, the homepage says I have “received all benefits payable to you at this time. You cannot file another California Unemployment Insurance claim until your current benefit year ends.” Do I need to reopen my claim? Should I wait? Do I contact EDD?

  2. If my dependents were wrong on my 2019 tax return and the govt uses that return for the 3rd round stimulus, will I have to wait until Tax season 2022 to get amount owed or will there be a way to get it before 2022?

  3. so if you dont qualify for the 3rd check based on 2019 and 2020 because income just over the limit but would qualify for 2021, would i be able to get the 1,400 on my 2021 tax year return

  4. Am I the only one bothered by the title of this article? What do you mean Andy, by saying, “Free Government Money”? There’s not a GOD DAMN thing free about the stimulus.

    1. You are correct. Nothing is free with the new person in office. But everyone is happy with the free money. We are going to too pay for it later in higher taxes.

    2. Yep, just like what Milton Friedman said: “There is no such thing as a free lunch, someone gonna pay it within a form of taxes or inflation”

  5. I owe child support. But I got custody of my kids in October. I have been injured from work for the last few years. They took my first stimulus, which im ok with. But I got my second. The problem is my ex got stimulus for kids she didn’t have custody of on the second and when I called to report it they said ” sorry, there is nothing we can do. ” even tho I have paperwork showing Ive had the kids. How can I get the stimulus money owed to me to take care of my 3 children. And im sure everyone is gonna say they recovery part of the taxes. But if you owe back support they take your taxes.

  6. How can I contact IRS not to mail my stimulus check? The first $1,200 was deposited to my bank account. This second one, the $600 was mailed to my home address which is outside the US where I currently live. Now it will take months before I get it. There is also a high chance it can be stolen and encash by thieves. I wonder why did they mail it.

    1. you cannot contact IRS to change mailing address…you will have to claim it in your return (and hope no one deposits the check they sent you).

  7. Please advise as there are two different answers on the Get my Payment page, we do owe 2019 taxes not much but we are making arrangements for payments. And one question stated that if we owe taxes we will still get the funds, however the other question says if the GMP Shows “Payment Status #2 – Not Available,” then you will not receive a second Economic Impact Payment and instead you need to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2020 Tax Return. Our status is showing “Payment Status #2” so does that mean because we owe 2019 taxes we won’t receive the second check?
    Thank you,

    1. I had the same message on the irs website and received our stimulus check in the mail today

  8. I have lived at the same address for 3 years. I am on social security. I got married 8/1/20 and changed my name at my bank and with social security. I filed i come tax for 2018, but not 2019 because I didn’t have enough income. When will I get a check?

  9. I have always worked, never had any assistance! Even when my hours were cut and I was WRONGFULLY denied PUA, I still worked at 1/3 of what I usually make because that is what workers do! Now, the second stimulus has been sent to the wrong bank account, yet my bank account information has not changed for 5 years, I have been getting my federal refund, no matter how small to the same bank account for 5 years! These mistakes only happen to the ones that are literally suffering directly due to pandemic. I am so over this whole system, this is why I have never and will never depend on these people in the government!

  10. what if I wasn’t required to file a 2019 return due to not meeting the threshold of income. for the first stimulus they used my orevious file 2018 return instead. I’m told they will do the same again with the second stimulus, is this true? Richard

  11. Hi Andy. I appreciate your website and all you do to keep people informed. I’ve posted here a few times on lwa to give some peace of mind when people were in a panic. I am hoping you can help me with my uncertainties. My PUA ran out. $0 balance. My last payment I received was direct deposit Dec 21st. Will I receive the additional 10 or 11 weeks through march 14, 2021. Last time I got an email. Nothing yet.. Also one more thing if you dont mind. I have been on google to find whatever I could and saw that different from the $600 enhanced relief the new bill is that we need to show proof sending documents for PUA within 90 days. Is this true in the new bill Does this have to be done before any payments are sent I have a condition that is severe with the pandemic but I wanted to let your readers know. Will I still continue to get PUA or do I have to reapply. Thanks Andy for any response.

    1. 11 weeks from what I am hearing. The DOL will issue final guidelines but I am hearing an extra payment will be made to make up for the lost week (12/26 to 1/1) due to delays in signing the bill. Yes, due to fraud regulations you will ave to show more documents for PUA claims (new claimants have an even higher bar). See this article for more on this – https://savingtoinvest.com/the-first-step-to-receive-pandemic-unemployment-assistance-pua-is-to-apply-and-to-be-denied-for-regular-state-unemployment-benefits/

  12. My friend (who is easily confused, and always asks me for help with such things) does not have to file taxes. She also doesn’t have any of the income that the stimulus check people will use to find her address. But, she did apply for and receive a first round check. Does she need to anything now to receive a second round check?

  13. Here’s a kicker for you, the stimulus check that the IRS gave to the child support arrears in Texas. As of December 23, 2020 has never been paid to the custodial parents. Why? They say that it hasn’t been released by the IRS for payment. 30k, in arrears hell cs was only set at the lowest $125. Yes, he owns his own company too. Remarried with now grown children in their 30’s.

    1. this is why Child support isn’t there to help the child despite what anyone says. In states such as Texas child support is a multi billion dollar industry. First of all the State of Texas charges the non custodial parent around 19.25% interest, the reason they do that is for payment entrapment, the non custodial parent will be paying till their child is in their 40s. Heres the kicker your not entitled to all this money, you are only entilted to what is owed to you. Secondly wage garnishment such as federal income tax return and stimulus checks, say theres 6 million people in texas paying child support the actual numbers way higher but just to give you an idea, there withholding all that money in one giant bank account for up to 6 to 9 months they draw interest on that money then they release what’s owed to you. All in all child support is a giant big government scam that hurts everyone involved.

      Also i wouldn’t trust this site. several other trusted sites such as washington post and cnet have already stated that the second stimulus check terms have been reworked. long story short the second stimulus check isn’t considered a source of income such as the first one was flagged, according to them the us treasury wont be holding this one back from back child support.

      1. I agree that most government programs are doing more harm than good, even with the noblest intention. But the only thing we can do is try to understand the law and try to use it so we can get what we’re entitled to.

  14. My husband has back child support from way back when he couldn’t work due to medical reasons. Once that passed he has been paying the arrears and current support religiously for many years now. What I don’t think is fair, is that not only does he not get any stimulus money, but I don’t either. I could understand if the arrears is owed and monies are not being received or if the monthly child support payments due are being shorted every month. I could understand then to take someone’s stimulus check, but when that person is paying and paying the FULL amount owed including the arrears every paycheck, I feel they should still be able to receive their own stimulus or at least give the spouse without child support owed their own portion of the stimulus ($1200.00). I feel like they are punishing the whole household…I have children too who live with us and are currently in college. That money would have really helped our situation.

  15. NOW HEAR THIS!! My ex got his check intercepted for arrears in child support. Our case is 26+ yrs old. I can remember going to work with hardly enough $$ for gas because i paid daycare for two children plus our household bills and so forth. I can remember calling my ex and begging him for $$ for diapers and food. He would always say “Yeah get off my back. Im workin on it!!” But i would hang the phone up and look at my boys and i couldnt tell them – “get off my back” when their lil bellies were empty or they needed diapers. And i couldnt tell Daycare that either! No, folks! I took care of my boys bc i love them. We didnt have alot, but God provided and I worked. Do i feel sorry for you that are getting your checks taken from you now?? Heck no!! Grow up and face the facts. If u took care of ur children when they needed you the most, then you would be taken care of now.!!

    1. Yet all the welfare mamas get a welfare check, their own stimulus check, AND the fathers stimulus check. Yeah, really fair for every situation. Try not to lump everyone into the same category as your miserable ex because not every situation is the same. M’kay? Thanks. Bye.

      1. I think you are the one lumping people into a category with your “welfare mamas comment. Have a little compassion. I work with the homeless, poverty stricken people every day. You think it’s ok for a father to disappear and not help. Come out of your box of judgment

      2. Maybe all the so called “Welfare Mama’s”, wouldn’t need any welfare assistance, if all the DEADBEAT DAD’S, would be responsible and contribute to their children’s financial needs, then all the “Welfare Mama’s” could just be, Mama’s! Further more, if your wages, and or your stimulus/income tax refunds are intercepted and used to repay money owed for child support arrears, it’s because you are or were a DEADBEAT PARENT! Grow up, stop blaming your ex, and take responsibility for your choices!

    2. This is a bit biased. My husband was left off his sons birth certificate and still paid her 30,000 over a 4 yr span faithfully. Have the checks to prove it. She then started not allowing him to see his son because she felt she owned his child and didn’t have to allow him to but still wanted his money. He filed in court for paternity and rights and even with all the proof in checks he paid her faithfully, she stuffed him with nearly $17,000 in 2 yrs of back pay! And once it was ordered she had the state take the case and theyve taken everything this year from us. Our entire return, our 3900 stimulus from March, he also pays 100 a month on top of his current child support for arrears, and now we won’t see this 2nd stimulus. That seems totally fair right? We have 3 other kids and we are scraping by. Meanwhile, shes marrying a millionaire, just bought a 600k house, new car, has everything you can possibly imagine and is getting married in Scotland! Yet we cant even take a vacation because we cant afford it. Not all fathers are deadbeats. Some bitter baby mamas just wanted kids for the pay checks and want to play keep away because they feel entitled. Get off your high horse. Stop grouping all cases as deadbeats.

    3. Blah blah blah. There are people out there that worked just to pay child support then corona hit and made it to where the majority of people lost their jobs therefore putting them back on child support. Its not my fault i lost my job due to corona and have no other way to pay child support. And just because i owe back chikd support doesn’t mean im a shitty parent it just means me and the mother didnt work out. Nothing on my parenting skilss or my relationship with my children. So for some people we had our taxes garnished our 1st stimulus garnished and now the second check will be able to be taken also. Now im a republican by heart but come on not all of us have republican money. Its complete bullshit. I feel that there should be an uproar over this matter. If noone says shit about it then nothing will happen. Again just becauee me and my childrens mother didn’t work out doesnt mean that I should have to suffer like this. Everyone should get the checks. If people who owe back child support dont get it then neither should black people because their money should go towards all the damages they caused to businesses. Everyone should get this because we are all suffering. #MAGA? Or #MakeAmericaGreedyAgain

      1. My ex owes me $14,000 and is doing just fine. But I agree that father. (Or mothers) that got behind because of COVID-19 shouldn’t loose their checks. It just puts them more behind and harder to catch up

      2. I totally agree with you, DYLAN JONES! Just because you and your ex didn’t work out, doesn’t mean you’re a bad father or that you should suffer financially. The fact that you believe paying child support is a punishment meant to make you suffer IS what makes you a Narcissist and a BAD FATHER!

  16. I think it’s pretty messed up that I won’t get another stimulus check cause of child support I pay it every week ai guess were not supposed to get no kind of relief especially since they didn’t even let me know I owed child support until it was over a couple thousand dollars and I even let all them know were I worked and even filed taxes and they never garnished my checks the people running this country are a bunch of aholes

    1. Are you joking? You knew you had a child I’m assuming, therefore no one should have had to chase you down to make you pay your share of the financial support for that child you brought into the world. Your angry bc you think someone should have to track you down to tell you your financial obligation to your child is t being met by you and won’t be unless your forced to do so. Please think about how messed up that is, had you been paying your share of child support without making someone have to garnish it from your pay check and chase you down for it, you wouldn’t have that problem and you’d get a stimulus check too, but since you didn’t you won’t. I’m not usually one to judge, but damn.

    2. Same here I pay on child support every week and my stimulus checks are getting taken the first one and now the second one beautiful huh

    3. If you have children that you don’t live with…why should anyone HAVE to tell you that you should be paying child support..You should automatically be making sure your kids are getting it…

    4. If your address was current with Family Support Registry they do send a notice once a month

    5. same i didnt know i owed either i started having money deducted from my unemployment and thats how i found out and then i received a statement saying i owed 985 in arrears complete bs when they sent me a letter warning my my next stimulus will be intercepted it was long before we even knew we were getting one they were perparing for it fuck my life

      1. Yeah it seems like parents behind on support will get it this time. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  17. Thank you Amanda. I was starting to feel bad about myself and I worked most of my life.

  18. How do I get ahold of a live advisor for Ga Department of Labor?? I still haven’t received my first Pua payment

  19. I file my taxes as “married, filing separate.” But both of our SS numbers have to be on the form. I received the money for myself and our 2 children, but my husband received nothing. No idea why. Anyone have a clue?

    1. I can’t find a live person to find out about my first job filer stimulas check can someone help it doesn’t accept my as number locks me out

  20. If they pass this bill and we get another check enjoy it while it lasts. But remember that the government isn’t going to bail you out of your financial troubles. Things will hopefully get better.

  21. My wife and I have been seperated for more than a year and I am on social security diability. How do I stop her from getting my part of stimulus because she will not let me know if she gets it and she will try to keep it all. I called her about the first stimulus check and she went crazy because I told her that I know the check had been sent and I told the post office to be watch for it, which they did let me know when they did get a letter from IRS and I contacted her and let her know we did get a letter from the IRS and the post office has it and that we both had to go and pick it up. She was really mad because I think she filled her income taxes and put me on it which I should not have been on it because I did not agree nor did I sign for any income tax return jointly or any other tax return for 2019 or 2020 and she should not have included me with her tax return. We did go together and did get the check cashed and I got my half of the stimulus check. My question is, what do I have to do to find out if she did do her taxes jointly which included me with out my signature, because I tried to find out but it ask for her social security number and mine and I do not know hers and she will not tell me so I cannot find out and what do I have to do so if we do get a second stimulus check I will get my seperate from her, so she does not get it all because she will not let me know if she does get it? If it was not for checking and finding out a check was sent and when it was to be sent, I would not had gotten my half if I had not gotten a hold of the post office because she would have cashed it without me signing it.

    1. Contact the IRS and tell them of the suspected fraud. Let them know you never authorized a tax return. Next, start filing an information only tax return EACH year. If she has already filed, you will not be able to finish filing because your social security number will already have been used. At this point, notify the IRS of the fraud. If she hasn’t filed yet she won’t be able to use your social security number because you already used it.

    2. Sir you just answered your own question right there if she had not done her taxes jointly With your name on it there should’ve been no reason at all why are you the two of you had gotten a joint check. And with you being on Social Security she probably has her self down as your payee which means you also need to get a hold of Social Security. The best thing to do if you need to and I know this is the legal way of doing this is put out a newspaper article it can be one in a small town but it Hass to be something printed in a public paper I know this for fact my dad this years ago and it’s still the same rules today but you have to say that you are not financially responsible or involved with your ex blah blah blah blah blah whatever their name is. No matter how long it takes me to get on the phone and you need to make sure that it is known with Social Security administration S essay that you have no involvement and nothing to do with your wife if you have to do your best to try to set up an appointment there are plenty of disability lawyers that you can actually find onYouTube that are really good and in plenty of them that will actually give you consultation for free. Contact the IRS I personally weird in every foreign way I could over the phone leave the messages make sure you leave them your phone number don’t leave them any information just your phone number say that you have information on fraudulent tax reporting I don’t know exactly what the words to say but I would just put it as simple as I could I know somebody that is stealing IRS federal tax money is how I would put it please contact me soon as possible send written proof and notice of copies of your divorce papers take it to small claims court at your local courthouse I live Dave got regular court and then they have cut them small claims court which is basically for like where the quart room you go to to see somebody or if I A collector was trying to get money from you but anyways if you are a vet and you have a money get a hold of VA now there is a stipulation about exes being able to actually still receive benefits because my mom but that should not affect you because my dad after they were divorced had nothing to do with her but like you said the post office and if need be if you have to go that far they could get the video from the post office showing that the two of you had picked it up or you can get proof from the post office that the two of you had to pick it up or sign for it however that was done but SSDI recipients were the first people to receive checks not checks but the money and it should’ve been automatically deposited to where ever your money is sent to you i.e. your banks are your direct express card I get SSI and I had to fill out the non-filer‘s form which was not hard at all it took a couple minutes and I have PayPal (FYI anyone who doesn’t know you can go onto your PayPal app or your PayPal website and there is an actual routing number and banking number that you need to actually have that sent to your PayPal and PayPal took no money out of it as long as you have PayPal cash card which also I had lost my card along time ago I never never never actually used it and actually it was very very convenient I could actually get money no more than just a couple days if you can go as far to leave this message then you are more than capable to be able to use the services it is not that hard and plastering as it seems I actually sincerely understand all of this may be frustrating to you especially with this being your ex and as manipulative as a narcissistic person can be and if you do not know what that is please look it up what a narcissist is because that is exactly what your egg sounds like and when you find out it will help you with your process fully recovering from that kind of manipulation and I personally do believe that you are truly a victim Narcissistic abuse

  22. My question is::
    For the first stimulus check my husband (which receives benefits from the VA due to being a disabled Vet) he went online and did the non-filers form to add me and my two children(his stepchildren) and put in our joint bank account info. We received what we was suppose to.. My question is I am filing for a divorce,so if they pass a second stimulus package will they go off of what was put in the last time on the non-filers? He will not be residing in the same resident as myself and my children or could I go and do the non-filers for me and my children if they pass it? He will be updating his direct deposit info when he moves to a different bank for his regular payments(which he wi have to remove me and my children off his benefits with the VA once we file for divorce..or will I be able to go and do the non-filers for just me and my children with just my bank account?? It will take a couple months before the divorce would be final. How will that work?? Thanks

    1. WOW…. how awesome of you to be divorcing and taking the children of a disabled Vet. Hope you can sleep at night knowing you are screwing over someone that served this great country we live in. when you got married did you say I DO when asked if you take your husband in sickness health richer poorer etc? And now here you are all worried about free money from the government that you do not deserve…… Nicely done. You seem like a real gem….. you know, ruining your childrens lives and all.

      1. She said they were his STEPCHILDREN….her OWN 2 kids. She’s not taking HIS kids away from him…Maybe you should learn to comprehend what you read before throwing stones.

      2. what if that disabled vet is a total nutcase or is abusive? she even said they are his STEPKIDS so who do you think you are to put some woman down for getting a divorce? even if they were HIS kids she is entitled to happiness, and if that means leaving someone no matter the situation so be it. who are you to berate a total stranger for divorcing someone? should this woman be forced to live a miserable life, possibly being abused or neglected, just because the guy is a disabled vet? stfu she has a legitimate question about her money. you are just one of THOSE people that like to leave some negative comment and feel all superior to others. yeah, WE ALL are ready for that free government money. we ALL deserve it. you shouldnt have said any dam thing, larry sanders. keep your stupid sht to yourself. if you didnt have an answer to this womans question, why tf are you talking to her about her life and business?

      3. Do you have any idea of her story? I’m sure there’s a lot more to it than “divorcing a disabled vet and taking his kids! How judgmental, rude and harsh you are! Hypothetically, he could beat her and the kids, PTSD from the military but won’t get help. If that were the case should she still stick around??? That would hurt the kids worse. Try to not judge without knowing her situation

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