Coronavirus: Individual Rebates
To help American families struggling during this pandemic, Congress has authorized individual rebate checks for most individuals. Everyone is eligible for the full rebate payments as long as they have a Social Security number and their household income is not too high. The House Ways and Means Committee has put together answers to frequently-asked-questions, available here.
Here's what else you need to know:
- The full rebate amounts are $1,200 per adult and $500 per child.
- Rebate payments start to phase out at the thresholds of $75,000 single, $112,500 head of household, and $150,000 married. This includes Social Security beneficiaries (retirement, disability, survivor) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.
- Like other tax credits, these payments do not count as income or resources for means-tested programs. Receiving a rebate will not interfere with someone’s eligibility for SSI, SNAP, Medicaid, ACA premium credits, TANF, housing assistance, or other income-related federal programs.
- The rebates do not affect receipt of state or federal unemployment compensation.
The Treasury Department has announced that it is beginning to make automatic Economic Impact Payments (stimulus rebates) to eligible Americans as of April 14, 2020.
The IRS has launched the “Get My Payment” web application. The free app allows taxpayers who filed their tax return in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide their banking information on either return to submit direct deposit information. Once they do, they will get their Economic Impact Payments deposited directly in their bank accounts, instead of waiting for a check to arrive in the mail. “Get My Payment” also allows taxpayers to track the status of their payment. Click here to learn how to download the app.
The department has also launched a new web tool allowing for quick registration for individuals who do not normally file a tax return, available here.
For Social Security and SSI Recipients:
Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who don’t file tax returns will start receiving their automatic Economic Impact Payments directly from the Treasury Department soon.
However, people receiving benefits who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes AND have qualifying children under age 17 should go to the IRS’s webpage and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here section to provide their information in order to receive $500 payments per child. Those receiving Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance beneficiaries with dependent children and who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes were asked to take action by April 22 for timely processing. SSI recipients need to take this action by May 5 in order to receive additional payments for their eligible children quickly.