As part of the CARES Act, many Americans are now eligible for a one-time payment to help alleviate some of the economic hardship brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic. If you have not received a payment already, there are steps you can take to receive your check.
BASIC CRITERIA NEEDED TO GET A CHECK
Each adult whose income was $75,000 or less in 2018 or 2019 will receive a payment of $1,200, plus an additional $500 per child age 16 or under. If you filed a tax return or received certain payments from the Social Security or Veterans Administrations in either 2018 or 2019, you may have automatically received your payment by direct deposit or by mail already. However, if you have not received you payment, you may still qualify even if you:
- did not file taxes in 2018 or 2019.
- receive SSI or SSDI
- have federal debt, like student loans.
- are unsheltered or experiencing homelessness.
- were incarcerated.
HOW TO REQUEST YOUR PAYMENT
If you are an adult whose income was less than $75,000 in 2018 or 2019, it is not too late for you to request your one-time payment. To receive your check, you can file your taxes or complete an online registration for non-filers.
The deadline to file your taxes has been extended to July 15. There are many places to file your taxes online for free.
If you do not file a tax return, you can complete the online registration for non-filers.
If the IRS doesn’t have your bank account or current address on file, you can update your information to ensure you receive your payment.
If you don’t have a mailing address, reach out to family members, friends or other people you know who might accept your mail for you.
If you need additional information, the IRS has a page dedicated to Coronavirus Tax Relief.