Previously MySaline gave information about how to get your Economic Impact Payment, also known as a Relief Payment – that $1,200 you’ve been hearing about, coming from the federal government. In this update, US Congressman French Hill expands on that information, telling who is eligible and how to make sure you get your payment, how much it will be and how the Federal government is addressing some special situations.
Relief payments are expected to hit bank accounts as soon as next week.
You do not need to take any action if you filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and the IRS has your direct deposit information on file. You can expect your rebate approximately April 13 – April 16.
You will need to take action if you filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 but the IRS does not have your direct deposit information on fill our you didn’t file for 2018 or 2019. By mid-April, you will be able to input your information here: https://www.irs.gov/
Those with the lowest income will receive check first. The checks will be issued in reverse “adjusted gross income” order — starting with people with the lowest income first.
Who is eligible to receive a rebate check? Any person who has a valid Social Security number (SSN), is not considered as a dependent of someone else, and whose adjusted gross income (AGI) does not exceed certain thresholds (see below), is eligible to receive the credit. This means workers, those receiving welfare benefits, Social Security beneficiaries, and others are all eligible. Spouses of military members are eligible without an SSN. An adopted child can use an Adoption Tax Identification Number to be eligible.
How much money will those eligible receive? The full credit amount ($1,200 individuals, $2,400 couples, $500 for children) is available for individuals with AGI at or below $75,000($112,500 for heads of household), and couples with AGI at or below $150,000. If you have children, you will receive an additional $500 per child. Your tax rebate amount will be reduced by $5 for each $100 your AGI exceeds the above thresholds. This means:
- An individual without children will not receive any rebate if their AGI exceeds $99,000;
- A couple without children will not receive any rebate if their AGI exceeds $198,000, and
- A family of four will not receive any rebate if their AGI exceeds $218,000.
How will the IRS determine who receives a payment and how much that payment will be? For those that have filed a return with the IRS in 2018 or 2019, the IRS will use the most recent tax return to determine eligibility.
Do rebate checks need to be repaid? Unless obtained by fraud, rebate checks do not need to be repaid. If an individual experienced an income loss in 2020 or if they have an increase in family size, they may be able to claim an additional credit of the difference when the individual files their 2020 tax federal income tax return in Spring of 2021.
The IRS does not have my direct deposit information. What can I do? Treasury’s web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS will be available in mid-April so individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail.
Can you receive a rebate check if you are claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s tax return? Someone who is claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s tax return is not eligible to receive the $1,200 refund check themselves.
Can you receive a $500 child credit for a dependent claimed on your tax return if that child is 17 or older? No. Children 17 and older are not eligible for the $500 per child tax credit.
Are non-tax filers eligible to receive a rebate check? Yes. For those with taxable income, you will need to file a tax return for the 2019 tax year, which you can do until July 15. Those with little or no taxable income are encouraged to use the IRS’ Free File Program which can be viewed here. Other than Social Security beneficiaries (retirement and disability), individuals with no taxable income will be able to file a simple form provided by the IRS specifically for the purpose of receiving the rebate check.
How can Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file a tax return receive a rebate check? Social Security retirement and disability beneficiaries do not need to file to receive their rebate. The IRS has worked directly with the Social Security Administration to obtain information needed to send out the rebate checks the same way Social Security benefits are paid.
How can non-tax filers receive a rebate check? Individuals can use the simple form provided on IRS.gov here or can also use the forms available from private sector tax preparers via the IRS Free File Program, which is accessible here. Additionally, some private sector tax preparers are providing the simple form for free through their regular commercial products.
Will someone who is homeless be eligible for a rebate check? If so, how/where will the IRS direct the payment? The Treasury Department is aware of the challenges reaching some citizens, such as those that are homeless, and they are working on solutions to ensure that everyone eligible is able to obtain a rebate check. We await formal guidance from Treasury on how they will go about this as well.
Are the rebate checks considered taxable income? The credit is not taxable, consistent with other refundable tax credits.
Will the rebate check affect my eligibility for federal programs, like Supplemental Security Income? No, the rebate is considered a tax refund and is not counted towards eligibility for federal programs for both income or asset test purposes.
Could my rebate check be offset by any outstanding money owed to the government? The rebate checks are not subject to the majority of offsets, including student debt and state debts. The only administrative offset that will be enforced applies to those who have past due child support payments that the states have reported to the Treasury Department.
Can families with children born in 2019 or 2020 receive the $500 child credit? Yes, but action is required. A family with a child born in 2019 is eligible for the $500 per child rebate amount (assuming all other requirements are satisfied). If the family has not yet filed a 2019 tax return, the IRS will determine the family’s rebate amount based on their 2018 tax return filing. As a result, the family will not automatically receive the $500 rebate amount for the child born in 2019. To receive the credit the family can either:
- Claim the $500 credit on their 2020 tax return filing made in 2021; or,
- File their 2019 tax return quickly with the child’s SSN and receive the $500 in the rebate check sooner.
Likewise, a family with a child born in 2020 is eligible for the $500 per child rebate amount. The family will be able to claim the $500 credit on their 2020 tax returns filed in 2021.
If you have questions, contact Congressman French Hill’s office at (501) 324-5941.
PREVIOUSLY ON APR 10, 2020
The Federal Government is sending out Economic Impact Payments as relief for the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible individuals with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 will automatically receive the full $1,200 payment. Married couples filing a joint return with adjusted gross income up to $150,000 will automatically receive the full $2,400 payment. Parents also get $500 for each eligible child under 17.
Most taxpayers don’t need to take any extra steps to receive a payment. The IRS will use information from a taxpayer’s 2019 tax return if they’ve filed it, or their 2018 tax return, if they haven’t.
Anyone who is obligated to file taxes but has not yet filed a return for 2018 or 2019, should file as soon as they can to receive the Economic Income Payment. You can file electronically. Use IRS Free File if your adjusted gross income is $69,000 or less. Use direct deposit to get your refund faster.
You can learn more and stay updated at www.irs.gov/coronavirus.