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Economic Impact Payment - “Stimulus Payments”

Summary: On Thursday, March 11th the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief package titled the American Rescue Plan was signed into law by President Biden. This recent relief package includes stimulus payments to eligible taxpayers. Click here to find answers to the most frequently asked questions around eligibility and payment disbursement.

Who is eligible for stimulus payments under the American Rescue Plan?

  • According to the IRS, everyone with a valid Social Security Number (SSN) is eligible as long as they meet income threshold criteria.

  • U.S. citizens and green card holders will be able to receive direct aid even if they filed a joint tax return with an undocumented spouse.

How has eligibility changed for new stimulus payments?

  • Maximum income thresholds for individual filers decreased from $99,000 to $80,000; thresholds for joint filers decreased from $198,000 to $160,000.

  • All dependents regardless of age are now eligible for stimulus payments, including, for the first time, U.S. Citizen children with undocumented parents.

How much money will a person receive?

  • Individual tax filers will receive $1,400 if you have adjusted gross income of up to $75,000

  • Married couples filing jointly will receive $2,800 if they have adjusted gross income of up to $150,000

  • Individuals making more than $75,000 but less than $80,001, and joint filers making more than $150,000 but less than $160,001 will receive decreased payments based on a sliding scale

  • No payments will be made to individuals making more than $80,000 or joint filers making more than $160,000

How do I find out if the IRS is sending me a payment?

  • Anyone who filed a 2019 tax return will be eligible for the stimulus payment. If you did not file your 2019 tax return the payment can be claimed by filing a 2020 tax return in 2021.

  • People who believe they are eligible for Economic Impact Payments can check the status of their checks here:

Will my stimulus check be subject to garnishment?

  • The third stimulus payment has protections in place that ensure that it is not subject to reduction or offset to pay child support, federal taxes, state income taxes, debts owed to federal agencies, or unemployment compensation debts.

How does the stimulus payment affect my taxes?

  • The stimulus payment is not taxable.

Information provided by National Partnership for New Americans, NPNA

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