CARES Act & Economic Stimulus Checks

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As of August 25, 2020 no new individual financial stimulus aid has been approved by the federal government. 

The CARES act was passed March 27th, 2020 and contains information on direct payments to individuals and families, pandemic unemployment and small business loans. The US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have begun paying individuals to help support them during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the payment.  People receiving SSI/SSD should expect to see their stimulus checks (which may be issued in the form of a debit card) by the end of August, 2020.  

There is no earned income requirement to be eligible for a payment, but non-filers may need to take additional steps to receive it. The Social Security Administration will share information for Social Security (Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance) beneficiaries with IRS to help ensure these beneficiaries receive an automatic advance payment. The IRS will conduct a public awareness campaign to reach other non-filers and provide them with information on how they can receive the payments.

What people will get?

  • Single people earning below $75,000 will get $1,200.

  • Married couples earning below a combined $150,000 will get $2,400.

  • Parents will receive $500 for each child under age 17.

  • A reduced amount will be available for individuals and couples making more than $75,000 and $150,000 respectively. But there will be no payments for individuals earning more than $99,000 or couples earning more than $198,000.

To check on the status of your CARES act stimulus check, please visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment or call the IRS customer service line at            1-800-919-9835.

What is the small print?

  • Eligibility is primarily determined by tax returns

  • NOTE: Immigrants without valid Social Security numbers and “resident alien” status will NOT receive any payment. (Resident alien status means either a Green Card or the ability to prove a “substantial presence”). This excludes people who may have filed taxes under an  individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) rather than an Social Security Number (SSN).

  • Someone who did not file a tax return in 2018 (e.g., a student), must file a 2019 return to qualify.

  • Individuals receiving Social Security benefits are on file with the government and payments will be based on those records.

  • People who have filed income tax in 2018 and then moved, and have not yet filed for 2019, will face a delay.

Visit the IRS website for more information about this economic impact payment.