Another or Fourth Stimulus Check (Free Government Money) in 2021 Following $1400 Payments – Latest Status and News Including IRS Plus Up Payments


This article was last updated on May 17

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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A Fourth Stimulus Check in 2021?

There has been talk of a fourth stimulus check towards the end of 2021, but at this stage this is just speculation. There is also strong opposition to further federal payments as the economy recovers. But some states like California, are making state specific stimulus payments to lower income workers which may be replicated in other (Democrat leaning) states.

However the IRS has been making millions of plus-up or catch-up stimulus payments to those who have filed their 2020 tax returns. Based on these filings (which are separate to 2021 refund payments) the IRS reviewed earlier stimulus payments’ eligibility and if they found underpaid or missed payments – mainly due to a change in income or missing dependents – they then issued these supplementary payments. These “plus-up” payments started being paid in mid-April and will progress through the year.

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)

794 thoughts on “Another or Fourth Stimulus Check (Free Government Money) in 2021 Following $1400 Payments – Latest Status and News Including IRS Plus Up Payments

  1. What I don’t understand is .. how is a stimulus check gonna help me and my current family if my ex-wife gets both of our stimulous checks.. She will be receiving a much needed check already to help her family.. Me and my family will not be receiving a check at all.. How can a emergency stimulous check be taken away completely from one family and sent to another… That defeats the whole purpose of helping out all Americans.. There are slot of legitimate reasons child support could be behind.. Those reasons should be handled in court not during a pandemic that we are all suffering from..

    1. Because it’s not for any one family to help them out of a financial crisis… It’s to solely stimulate the economy until we can get back to work. You better tell them to spend that money on the rent, bills and local companies so it can do what it was intended to do..stimulate the economy.

    2. I am in the exact same situation the government denied me unemployment food stamps my job is shut down no income an my ex wife is getting over 5000 bucks now plus her husband is driving vehicles I bought this is a joke and slap in the face IM A DEAD BEAT BECAUSE SHE LIED TO CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES AND NOW THEY WANT REMOVE ARRANGE EVEN WITH PROOF OF MY REAL INCOME!!!

  2. If I used direct deposit in 2018,but filed electronically 2019 and received a check do I need to update direct deposit information if bank information still the same from 2018?

  3. My husband owes child support we filed 2018 married filing jointly and haven’t filed 2019. We have two kids what should I do!! Do I just send an injured spouse even though I had 0 income? I’m so confused and need that money bad! Please someone help

    1. Yes! File an injured spouse and mail it in. I was in your same situation and even though I had no income, I received half. I live in a community property state though. I don’t know if that matters.

    2. How do you take a emergency covid impact payment which supposedly is design to help everybody including those owing bugus arrears claim by child support agencies that are literally stealing the money to pay extra money to mother of 42 year old kids now adults who is receiving checks there self plush they are receiving the fathers stimulus check. Some of these cases were close and paid in full. My child who is now 42 years old mom remarried lives in different state, have no idea why they are sending her my stimulus check don’t need the check, just gave it to her grandson, who bought a car and he is not even my child. This is ridiculous. I want to be taken off the list because how is this fair! They all got a check plus IRS sends them my check to boot. What about my president day children, they are more in need than a 42 year old grown woman who is already married and receiving her own stimulus check. Show me the logic in that system. They don’t even send you balance after they steal your Money New York Child Support, is collecting arrears on. 20 year old cases. What a joke, please keep my check, spare me the joke!

  4. If I filled head of house hold and claimed my 17 yr old and 22 yr old children as dependants how will they determine what amount of stimulus I will receive?

        1. what if your baby father claimed kids 2018 don’t reside with me, but I claimed my three in 2019 in Jan. The kids live with me. would we both get 2,700 since it was different years. Both income was below ’10 grand annually.

    1. You will get nothing for a 17 or 22 year old dependent. Only dependent 16 and under will get $500 per child. If your income is below 75,000 you yourself will get $1200 or $2400 married couples. If your 22 year old filed by himself and you didn’t claim him. He would get $1200. But since you already filed you will get nothing for older dependants

  5. I reside in WI. I’m on ssi, due to having a very low income I haven’t been able to pay my arrears for child support. However I do have custody of the children. Seeing as I owe so much, would I receive any stimulus help?

  6. My husband owes back child support so we have always done married filing injured spouse form . And we have already filed our taxes this year so will I get my portin of the stimulus check just like I do with my taxes

  7. I owe like $200 in child support even though I pay it every paycheck. Would I receive the rest of the stimulus check?

  8. ” Filed my 2018 tax and had direct deposit that account is now closed- Filed on feb 10th my 2019 return and it is “still being processed/ with topic 152” if you filed your 2019 taxes electronically even though its in process will the IRS use that routing info and bank info for the stimulus check.”

    1. They should. But you can also go to their website where you can verify/update DD details

    2. On April 17th the IRS will open a new portal for those with changed banking information. Get my payment link to update you banking info

  9. In the article it is stated that if you were current on Child Support payments you would still be getting a check, can anyone clarify this? Also I understand the potential withholding of the 1200 for back Child-Support but what if the person is also a current parent to children that are under 17 within home, do they still get the 500 dollars per child?

  10. Spouse receives SSDI. We are separated and filed joint returns over 2 years ago. Under what status should I file? My income is 0. How much will I receive?

  11. I am on SSDI will my $1.200 go on my direct express card that’s how I get my money every month I don’t have a bank account

    1. Its says you will get your Economic Relief payment the same exact way you receive SSDI. If you have children under 16 you still need to go and fill out the non filers enter payment here to add your dependants. If you don’t you will only get the $1200 dollars for yourself and nothing for your kids

  12. My daughter’s father is about 5000 in back support he works under the table and doesn’t file taxes so my question is since he is now 38 and never filed taxes how will domestic relations get me the check ? Hes a dead beat dad and hasn’t seen his kids in over 3 years but I definitely need help part two of this question when I filled my taxes I didn’t have a bank account but I do now will we be able to change our information and if someone who normal doesn’t file taxes was approved for the stimulus but picked mail check since at the moment didn’t have one if he goes Monday and opens a bank account will he also be able to update his information .Sorry so long thank you so much

    1. On April 17 IRS will but up a new website to Get My Payment where you can update your banking information.

  13. My husband is on SSI disability I’m his payee will we both get the money. I do not work I take care of him $2400

    1. If your on SSi it says you have to take other actions. SSDI will automatically recieve a check
      Type in your Google bar ..
      (If I’m on SSI will I receive a stimulas check). It tells you what you have to do..

  14. My husband and I file our taxes jointly, he owes back support, and I dont. When we file i have to file an injured spouse form. Will i get my half of the stimulus money??

  15. We filed married and jointly but my husband account only has 1200 pending and not the 2400 that it should be

    1. do one of you owe back child support? my husband does i do not we didnt file an injured spouse because i to get the child support paid off. but does that mean they will take the entire 2400 or will i still get my half?

  16. I filed injured spouse because my husband has a debt from before we were married. I filed 2/16/20 and it was accepted 2/17/20. It’s still processing. I wondering if I will still receive a stimulus if my return hasn’t actually been processed yet?

    1. Not sure as if its not processed, the IRS may not updated payment details. But the fact you are accepted is a good sign. The IRS has not rolled out a new direct deposit tool to update details. Go to their site (IRS . gov) and try seeing if you can see your existing details and update.

  17. Question? : My 27 year old son receives SSDI, food stamps and State Health Insurance. I lives by himself in his own apartment. If and when he receives thus patment, does he not qualify for food stamps any more? Thanks!

    1. The stimulus payment is purely based on earned income (which SSDI count as). It won’t affect his existing benefits pr payments.

    2. Eventually the food stamp amount will go to his exact amount before the emergency food stamps. After the crisis is over.

      James Carter

  18. I just had a question if you a federal agency such social security administration will social security intercept your stimulus check to pay the back debt owed to them?

  19. My husband is up to date on his child support obligations for his two kids. They each claim one child on their taxes. She will receive the $500 for one child, he will receive $500 for the other. She now wants him to transfer the $500 to her as she’s the primary residential parent, and we “only” have them 5 out of the 14 days. We already decided to give her the proportional share amount (64%) as written in the Child support order, but now she wants it all. Are we in error if we don’t give her the full amount? Or is proportional share of the full $1000 correct?

    1. I don’t think you’re in error and the proportional share amount sounds fair. But if you don’t want any friction, then give her the whole 100%.

  20. My father died in December and was collecting SSI. Would he still get a check? And how would that work ?

    1. A dead person can not receive a Economic Relief payment. You should of already reported his death to Social Security Administration, IRS and the DMV etc. are you saying you didn’t report it and have been using his payment for yourself??? Because this is highly suspect question if you ask me!

      1. I beg to differ. My wife died in Oct, 2019. It says right on the top of our jointly-filed 2019 “DECEASED [her name and date]. I received $2400 payment.

    2. Why don’t you go give Social security a call and how about the IRS while you’re at it ask them. LMBO we’ll see how that goes for you. You will get caught you know collecting money for a dead person. What a way to honor your dead parent smh

  21. I am still unclear. My husband owes back support. We file a joint return and we do it this way so that his debt will be paid…after all she didn’t have the kids all by herself.
    Since we file jointly and i don’t file injured spouce; will child support get my portion as well as my daughters portion of our stimulus package?

  22. Ok so i file injured spouse for the last 3 years and they took my whole stimulus check for my husbands back support. It says to file an injured spouse form. Does that mean i need to fill out another? If so how do i fill it out and where do i send it?

    1. Yes. In my opinion, it is best to file Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation, along with your regular tax return, every year until the debt is paid. I have done it for many years. It takes longer to receive your refund, but worth the wait. You can also call 1-800-304-3107 before you file to see if your taxes will your taxes will be offset.

      1. But isn’t a injured spouse report supposed to be for an injured spouse and not for somebody that’s just decided not to work? doesn’t it have to be documented that they’ve actually been injured for you to be able to claim injured spouse?

    2. File a complaint you should have received your stimulus check. Refile for your stimulus check and you will receive your stimulus check.

      James Carter

  23. Are people who receive SNAP benefits and Medicaid eligible for the stimulus check??? I am not getting a straight answer on this.

  24. My husband owes child support I don’t we filed joint and we file the non obligated spouse or innocent spouse form so will I get a stimulus check and they take his portion and I can’t get an answer cause everything is closed.

    1. No they are taking the whole thing they did mine and many others

        1. It is meant to help people pay Bill’s and buy food right now. What do you not understand about, not all folks can save for emergencies like this. Alot of folks barely get by from day to day let alone being able to follow your definition of “parenting 101”. Your ridiculous.

  25. Any news yet from the IRS about updating our bank account information to receive the stimulus check/EFT?

  26. My daughter turns 17 tomorrow. I am a single mom now with no income. She was 16 when the corona virus broke out. Will I receive the $500 extra dollars in the stimulus package or because my check won’t come for another week or so will I lose that extra money??

    1. I really hope you get it. I think the age limit of under 17 is ridiculous.

  27. My ex husband claimed all 3 of our kids on his taxes this year because they were with him for the beginning portion of last year. (Ok fine- claim them) But they have been living with me since mid year 2019 and he didn’t share any of the money he received for them from taxes. So he’s gonna turn around and get a additional 1500$ for kids he sees 4 days a month?! That’s so real bs right there.

    1. Hi Candi,
      Please note that dependent status is usually addressed in a divorce decree, so you might want to check your divorce papers to see who has the right to claim the children for tax purposes. With rest, this stimulus check is only an advance off your 2020 taxes, where as 2018,2019 taxes are only being used as a guide to get these checks out quickly. If your husband did claim your children as a DEPENDENT in 2019, yes, he will get the stimulus payment advance for them, but when you file your 2020 taxes, and if you LEGALLY take your children as dependents, you will qualify for the $500 dollar per child credit there and get your money with your 2020 refund.

      1. My ex husband and I have an agreement that he claims our oldest who is 13. I have our twins. Our three children live with me all year full time. But he does claim one every year. So if I read that correctly he will get the 500 for the oldest. I have a notice from back stating they were depositing the 2200 and not 2700. But the kids are with me full time. When I filed my taxes through turbo it states do we have an agreement can he claim one which I chose. But I have all 3 as my dependents.

  28. Yes ibe been paying child support for twenty years and got sick and behind. The step wives i had drew welfare got help with child care and schooling and took most of my money for years. Now they get there money and mine and are forgiven for all the years of debit they took out going to school on line that never amounted to a job. What a bogus load of crap.

  29. I am currently paying arrears. Will I still get a stimulus check

    1. we have been paying for years husband and I are disabled and they take a 100 out of hisscheck he hasent seen him for 20 years and his son is 36 years old my x owes me 97.000 and I have never got a sent his wife never claimed all the money we paid when he was working this system sucks his son is 36 now as well insane isn,t it

  30. If separated parents alternate years in claiming their child as a dependent, who will receive the $500 per child?
    If I claimed my child last year, but the other parent will claim for 2019, should I delay sending in my 2019 tax form
    so that they base the $500 on 2018 when I claimed my child?

    1. If the other parent already filed their taxes this year claiming your child, then they’ll get the $500. If neither of you have filed for 2019 yet, don’t file yours until you get your refund….Who the $500 goes to will be determined by who claimed the child on their 2018 tax return.

  31. I haven’t missed a child support payment in 14 years. But because the first 2 years I gave her cash and got no credit for it they put me behind 8k dollars. Even though I pay on that with my child support EVERY week for 14 years I don’t get a check? What a load of BS. Everyone has been affected by this. So now she gets all that PLUS the 8k she gets back at the first of the year for having more kids. That seems right.

    1. Yeah my ex-wife wouldn’t let me see my kids from 2002 so I was young and stupid so I just didn’t pay child support she wouldn’t let me see my kids why should I pay her with my thought 2004 go back to court judge asks why I was not paying she was keeping my kids from me so I was going to pay judge said two wrongs is not make a right I’ve been paying back child support in my current child support since 2004 child support stop May 2018 but the interest is got me still behind and she still didn’t let me see my kids until they turned 18 and she’s giving getting my tax return since 02 now I’m only paying the interest back principal is paid off and yes it’s BS I won’t receive that check

  32. People on Social Security worked until they could work no more due to retiring or disabilities why did we not get the monthly increase. Dislike you all are forgetting that we all are a part of this world. You should have given people in unemployment an increase send people on Social Security an increase also. It’s like forget the people that was a part of the workforce in the past. At the end of the we all have needs we were barely making before the pandemic now we really are not getting the help we deserve.

  33. I work hard to pay my bills and child supoort. I have my daughter in my home now but still owe back child supoort . my taxes are already being taken for this matter. How is this fair? How am i supposed to pay any bills or provide for my family when everything is being taken? Unemploynent still hasn’t kicked in. What am i to do?

  34. This stimulus deal really sucks, who decided to give additional UI Benefits to the unemployed totaling $600.00 per week, in addition to a minimum of $1200.00 if that person makes less than 75K ? I live in Los Angeles and I make more than 75K but less than 98K so my stimulus check will be reduced $5.00 for every $100.00 over 75K so my Corona check will be $600.00 ( doesn’t even cover half the rent ) and since I’m a essential worker ( still employed ) I can’t defer my rent due for a year like everybody else is doing. So where is the assistance for us who are still out there ? Where is our “ we are in this together check “ our “ safe at home check “
    Our $600.00 extra pay weekly for risking our lives, they said this week is going to be something the world has never experienced like a wave of death is upon us and we the deemed “ essential workers “ have not even been offered hazardous pay of any kind and the reduced Corona check is a slap in the face. Stay safe all

    1. Dude, that sounds selfish. I’m sure with 75k your not starving. This entire “Chinese Virus ” that was unleashed on our world is the devil at his finest hour. Us as Americans and as human beings, first, need to step up. You being out working is a noble and nessary thing. I am grateful for whatever your profession my be. Thank you

      PS I have been out of work with an injury since 12/19. No Check! Fighting Workers compensation and unemployment.

    2. better than nothing, stop complaining and be glad you get anything…it is free $

  35. will individuals who owe federal restitution from a criminal case get their stimulus check. I am current on my repayment obligation

  36. Do you have to pay this back when you file your 2020 taxes if you have a large refund coming asking for a friend

  37. It says each tax paying adult will get 1200$ and a married couple would get 2400$. I don’t have any children but my wife does and fell behind several years ago on child support. Because we both pay taxes does that mean I’ll get my 1200$ and her 1200$ will go to back child support? Do you think if the entire check goes towards back child support I can sue for my 1200$ due to the fact I pay my taxes and owe nobody?

  38. My son is behind on child support because he doesn’t make enough money to pay it. The mother of his child will get both tax return and stimulus. How is suppose to live until unemployment kicks in 6 weeks from now

    1. He should pay his child support. The stimulus check goes to cover his back payments so he is still getting the credit, but how is it fair to his kids and mother of his kids that he is behind more than 1200 dollars?

      1. Yeah Jay, I normally don’t speak on this issue, because I myself owed rrears. I didn’t handle things correct, that way. but my children are grown 23/19. MY EX, MARRIED and then divorced. she owns a townhouse in California and bought property down in Mexico. I have lost my house years ago and living ok, bill to bill my I say. I owe 15,000 plus 19,550 in interest. live in calif. I haven’t seen a tax return in 18 years, any money I get from, lets say a car accident they take. Now I do have credit cards phone, pg&e water, I had a job for last 8 years,til I also lost my job because of the coronavirus. yes I owe money, but why would they take all my 1200, package and unemployment, remember kid are grow, she has clear own townhouse and property in Mexico. Now Jay, tell me your feelings on that, or anyone else. Maybe I’ll become homeless in your area

      2. Jay it is clear you are a novice about life and haven’t been faced with the dilemma that many men (and some women) face with this. If it was so simple as you state then this wouldn’t be a conversation. Obviously it is not simple. Do not be so quick to assume people just do not want to pay child support. There is a HUGE difference between don’t and can’t. How about this for a solution: Everyone pay their child support and since barely any money will be left over we all can come live with you

  39. My tax refund was deposited to my E1 visa debit card that I received from my tax prepare will my my stimulus come to that card?

  40. I’m not married anymore as of February 7 2020. How would I get the stimulus payment that I am qualified for but I’m no longer with the person. He is being difficult about things and is unwilling to give me my part. So my question is how would claim it without having to fight with him about it?

  41. so my husband is in the rears with child support even though I don’t agree with it simply because his baby mama doesn’t even have the child the child stays with his dad in a completely different town she also gets food stamps for his child and again does not even stay with her. this is not even part of my question I just wanted to throw that out there why I’m angry about this whole situation with that being said there’s nothing I could do about it that canker sores going to get the money from my husband who by the way is paying on his back child support monthly for years and paying his regular child support with that being said we both have the same account when my 1200 hits is that also going to be taken and given to his baby mama 2?

    1. 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.

  42. everybody is going to get behind in child support now due to being laid off because of the covid19. HOW IS THAT FAIR???? so keeping it because of child support is really messed up to me!

    1. I agree…I love my son and I already feel horrible that I owe back support but if this stimulas is kept how will I pay the bills im already behind…this makes no sense…I make minimum wage as it is..had a fever and got sent home so not even a regular check….please I need this stimulas or I will lose ..and which will mean getting even more behind in support..

      1. They status of the child support was determined at the time of the stimulus. So if you were not behind already you are good to go. If you were behind it sort of makes sense that it goes to her.

        1. Jay, it only make sense in certain aspect, if children are little yes, I have been paying when little and was mr. dad for a few year, another story. but if she hasn’t children living with and she owes clear property and land in Mexico. Then I wouldn’t go after money to keep you afloat. remember it takes money to make money.

        2. I wonder if they’re going to send his stimulus check with mine ? He owes back time but I have no way to know if they’re taking it or how or when I’ll receive it

    2. People the steal cars, break in and Rob homes, sell drugs, shoot people get off better than someone on child support. Not all deadbeats because we get behind! Life happens. This pandemic has put so many out of work. The whole world knows it, yet the payments do not stop. Child support laws are the shittest laws out there. They are pretty much a violation of rights.

  43. this stimulus package will help you now, but will hurt you in the end.” THAT’S WHAT OUR COUNTRY DO”

  44. My husband owes back child support. We file married jointly, they say we have to and I fill out an injured spouse form. I see two problems with them intercepting the child support. 1) I’m the only one working and I claim my two biological children and it sounds like his ex-wife is going to get his stimulus check, plus mine, plus my kids? I’m out of work due to CoronaVirus, and my unemployment has been delayed. How is this right? 2)Just because people owe child support, they still have bills. This money is to help relieve that burden. The parent the kid(s) are living with (hence why child support is paid to them) are already receiving stimulus money for each child to help.
    With all the rules they are setting in place how can the president just not say, your not intercepting these checks? I really hope they make this right.

    1. I’m in the same boat. What I am hoping and i’ve been lead to believe is that it is being treated as a tax refund in regards to child support being taken so since we filed injured spouse we should still receive our portion and our kids portions of the payment.

      1. i am in the same situation – filed injured spouse, but there is someone on here saying that they did as well and their entire stimulus was taken anyway.
        Have you gotten any further info?

  45. I was working 2 jobs and living in my car hardly eating before the covid-19 outbreak even began. Now being laid off of both jobs due to the shut down I literally have $0.11 to my name and I havent ate in 2 days because this pandemic has takin everything. The moment I missed my 2nd car payment after being laid off the car company repossessed my vehicle and everything I had left to my name with it except my black backpack I stuffed clothing feminine products and what food I had left in and now use as a pillow under overpasses 3 times/week if I cannot find a couch to hop to. I have an old 1 liter bottle I use for water and I drink minimum 11 full refilled daily. I am begging for help just to stay alive. I’ll survive the nation wide pandemic and never catch covid-19, instead I’ll probably slip under the overpass and die of starvation. Yes my kids and the person that is caring for them deserve every penny owed I am responsible I got myself behind I was already deteriorating before this. I know I dont deserve the money as it is owed to my babies but if I dont get help soon they will only have the money because I will die and they will lose their mom forever. HELP ALL CITIZENS DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY COVID-19 PANDEMIC especially the ones that have no where to turn. Prayers that I make it through this I’m begging GOVERNMENT PLEASE HELP US!!!!!

  46. My husband left me in January and he. Changed our 2019 tax return direct deposit info from our joint account to his personal account so he got our refund and refuses to give me my half. Now IRS will send him our $2400 stimulus check. Is there any way I can change to my personal checking account to get my $1200?!!!

  47. i believe everyone should be able to get stimulus check and if you owe back child support ya’ll should let the one owe back child support should be able to get it with the Americans be in this Coronavirus because it would people out in this time need to live if people don’t get how could people live without money and it would be nice and god bless you

    1. I agree! Keeping both parents from falling into financial distress is best for the children.

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