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DIRECT PAYMENTS

  • Under the recently passed CARES Act, all U.S. residents (anyone with a Social Security number) with an adjusted gross income of up to $75,000 ($150,000 for married couples) will receive the full $1,200 rebate ($2,400 for married couples). Households with children will receive $500 per child.
  • The amount of the rebate check will taper down for incomes over $75,000 and individuals with incomes above $99,000 won’t get any amount. The amount of the rebate will taper down for couples filing jointly with incomes above $150,000 and those with incomes above $198,000 won’t receive any amount.
  • This is true even for Americans who only receive Social Security (retirement or disability) or VA benefits, and those whose income comes entirely from Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 
  • All U.S. residents with a Social Security number who filed a tax return in either 2019 or 2018 do not need to take any action in order to receive their rebate checks. All members of a single household (including both partners if you are filing jointly) must have Social Security numbers for everyone in the household to qualify for a payment.
  • Individuals who receive Social Security (retirement or disability), railroad retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or are a veteran receiving Compensation and Pension (C&P) payments from the VA also do not need to take any action to receive their rebate checks. Please note that if you have been claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer (for example, your adult children), you are not eligible for a rebate payment.
  • Other taxpayers who didn’t file in 2018 or 2019, but are required to file taxes, should file their 2019 tax returns online to ensure the IRS has their most up-to-date information.
  • Many constituents have asked if this rebate check would impact 2020 tax refunds and the answer is: no. These payments are called advanced rebates, but your 2020 tax return and any refund you’re due when you file a return in early 2021 will not be affected by the check you’re getting now.
  • For the latest information, please click HERE for the latest IRS update. 
  • For more information and eligibility questions, please visit the IRS page HERE

For those who filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return:

  • The IRS has created a “Get My Payment” tool HERE to check the status of your payment, confirm your payment type (direct deposit or by mail), and an option to enter in your direct deposit information if the IRS has not already scheduled your payment.
  • Please have your 2019 return handy as you fill out the online form, or your 2018 return. Please use whatever return is most recent. If you filed your 2019 tax return very recently or sent the IRS a paper return, it may not have been processed yet. In case, use your 2018 return information for the “Get My Payment” tool.
  • For those who typically receive their refund by paper check or did not receive a refund in 2018 or 2019 when you last filed your taxes, please check the IRS website HERE for an IRS tool that will allow you to enter your direct deposit information. However, if the IRS has already scheduled your payment to go out, the “Get My Payment” tool will not allow you to enter in direct deposit information.
  • The “Get My Payment” tool also allows you to check on the status of your payment - but it is recommended that you do not sign on more than once a day due to high volumes. If you have trouble with the online tool, this IRS FAQ may be of assistance HERE. If you still are having trouble, please reach out to casework@sinema.senate.gov and take note of any error messages you may have received.

Non-Filers:

  • For those who typically don’t file a federal tax return due to your income being below the filing thresholds, the IRS has created a new web portal to allow Non-Filers to enter their payment information on their website HERE. Not sure if you should be using the Non-filer link? Check out this IRS guide HERE.
  • Taxpayers earning less than $12,200 as an individual, or $24,400 as a couple, are typically not required to file. This may differ depending on your individual situation, age, and other circumstances. If you are unsure, please check the IRS website HERE.
  • For more questions regarding the IRS’ Non-Filers tool, please visit the IRS website HERE.
  • Individuals who receive Social Security (retirement or disability), railroad retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or are a veteran receiving Compensation and Pension (C&P) payments from the VA do not need to take any action to receive their rebate checks. Please note that if you have been claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer (for example, your adult children), you are not eligible for a rebate payment.

Veterans:

  • If you are a veteran receiving Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from the VA, you will not need to file additional paperwork or take any additional steps to receive your rebate payment. Read the VA’s announcement HERE.
  • At this time, veterans who don’t receive C&P benefit payments will still need to take some steps to ensure they receive the rebate payment they are due. If you are a veteran who normally doesn’t file a federal tax return due to your income being below the filing thresholds and you do not receive C&P, you can use the Non-Filers link HERE or, if your income does meet the filing threshold, please file a 2019 tax return to ensure you receive your rebate payment. 

Still Need Help?

  • For those experiencing issues with their payments and who have been unable to resolve the issues by reading the IRS’ guidance HERE, through the “Get My Payment” tool HERE, or the Non-Filers tool HERE -- the IRS is providing limited over the phone assistance.
  • If you are still unable to get your payment issue resolved, please contact our team at casework@sinema.senate.gov for additional assistance.

Potential Scams:

  • In recent weeks, there have been a number of reports of criminals and bad actors trying to steal your direct stimulus payment. If you believe you have been subject to a scam, you may report it with the IRS HERE, and you may also file a consumer complaint with the Arizona Attorney General’s office HERE.
  • There have been some reports of nursing homes or assisted living facilities intercepting residents’ direct payment checks. If you believe this has happened to you or a loved one, you are encouraged to file a complaint with the Arizona Department of Health Services at 602-542-1000.

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