Economic impact payments have started to be issued this week. Here are some basic facts about the payments:

Who is eligible?

  • US citizens or residents aliens who have a valid SSN, could not be claimed as a dependent, and have adjusted gross income under limits.

How much is the payment?

  • $1,200 for individual earning less than $75,000
  • $1,200 for head of household earning less than $112,500
  • $2,400 for married filing jointly earning less than $150,000
  • If you exceed these amounts, your total payment will be reduced.

Does the housing allowance get included in this calculation?

  • No, the portion of the housing allowance you use is excluded from adjusted gross income and from this calculation.

Who will receive the payment automatically?

  • Individuals who filed federal income taxes in 2018 or 2019
  • Individuals who receive Social Security benefits (retirement, disability SSDI, or survivor)
  • Individuals who receive Railroad Retirement benefits

Who needs to take action?

The IRS announced Wednesday the launch of its “Get My Payment” website, which permits taxpayers to check on the date they can expect to receive their economic impact payment and update their direct deposit information

How to use Get My Payment

The online application is safe and secure to use. Taxpayers only need a few pieces of information to quickly obtain the status of their payment and, where needed, provide their bank account information. Having a copy of their most recent tax return can help speed the process.

Track the status of their payment

This feature will show taxpayers the payment amount, scheduled delivery date by direct deposit or paper check and if a payment hasn’t been scheduled. They will need to enter basic information including:

      • Social Security number
      • Date of birth, and
      • Mailing address used on their tax return.

Add their bank account information to speed receipt of their payment will also need to provide the following additional information:

      • Their Adjusted Gross Income from their most recent tax return submitted, either 2019 or 2018
      • The refund or amount owed from their latest filed tax return
      • Bank account type, account and routing numbers

    Get My Payment cannot update bank account information after an Economic Impact Payment has been scheduled for delivery. To help protect against potential fraud, the tool also does not allow people to change bank account information already on file with the IRS

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