The distribution of economic impact payments is expected to begin in the next three weeks and be available throughout the rest of 2020. With so much news circulating, it can be difficult to keep tabs on the latest updates. We also recognize it can be challenging to separate the legitimate updates from speculation. Below we have put together a summary of what we know so far about the economic impact payments.
Stimulus Payment Amounts
|Status||AGI||Economic Impact Payment Amount|
|Individuals||Up to $75,000||Full payment: $1,200|
|Married Filing Joint||Up to $150,000||Full payment: $2,400|
|Individuals||Above $75,000||Payment amount reduced $5 for each $100 above the threshold|
|Married Filing Joint||Above $150,000||Payment amount reduced $5 for each $100 above the threshold|
|Individuals||Exceeds $99,000||Not eligible|
|Married Filing Joint||Exceeds $198,000||Not eligible|
|Parents with children||+ $500 for each qualifying child|
Stimulus Payment Distribution
For most people, no action is required, and economic impact payments will be distributed automatically. However, if you have not filed a return, you may need to submit a simple tax return in order to receive the stimulus payment. To see if you are eligible for an economic stimulus payment, you can visit the IRS Economic Impact Payment Information Center.
Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus pay
In response to an earlier IRS guidance, the Treasury Department has confirmed that social security recipients will not have to file a tax return in order to receive the economic stimulus payments. The IRS will use information already on file through the Social Security Administration. If you normally receive your Social Security benefits directly into your bank account, you can expect the stimulus money to be delivered the same way. Others can expect to receive a check in the mail.
Those who don’t normally file a tax return, including low-income taxpayers, some veterans, and some individuals with disabilities, will not owe tax; however, they must file a 2019 tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The simple tax return will collect necessary information including their filing status, number of dependents, and direct deposit bank account. Non-filers can enter payment information here.
The IRS will use the information on your most recently submitted tax return to calculate your payment amount. The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed.
If the IRS does not have your direct deposit information, a check will be mailed. However, if you would like to confirm your payment type or enter bank account information for direct deposit, you can use the Treasury Department’s Get My Payment portal. This tool can also be used to help filers track their economic impact payment.
The IRS has asked taxpayers not to call about economic impact payments. If you have questions, you should monitor the IRS website for updates.
If you have not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, the IRS urges you to file as soon as possible. Please contact our office with questions or assistance in filing your 2018 or 2019 returns.