The government has deployed most of the third round of stimulus checks in amounts of up to $1,400 per person. The 2021 tax season offers an opportunity to claim those payments if you never received a check for which you were eligible or if your circumstances have changed and you now qualify for the money.
Who Qualifies for the Third Stimulus Payments? Generally, if you're a U.S. citizen (or U.S. resident alien) and not a dependent of another taxpayer, you qualify for the full third stimulus payment. In addition, your adjusted gross income (AGI) can't exceed: $150,000 for married filing jointly.
All third-round stimulus checks have been sent out, the IRS announced Wednesday. If you haven't received all of the money you are eligible for, you will need to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2021 tax return. The third stimulus checks were technically advance payments of that credit.
Second round of direct payments: December 2020-January 2021
The first payments, through direct deposit and paper checks with some later payments made by EIP 2 Cards, were issued between 29 December 2020 and 15 January 2021.
COVID-19 Stimulus Checks for Individuals
The IRS issued three Economic Impact Payments during the coronavirus pandemic for people who were eligible: $1,200 in April 2020. $600 in December 2020/January 2021. $1,400 in March 2021.
The IRS started sending the third Economic Impact Payments to eligible individuals in March 2021 and continued sending payments throughout the year as tax returns were processed. The IRS has issued all third Economic Impact Payments and related plus-up payments.
President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11, 2021. Provisions in the bill authorized a third round of stimulus checks worth $1,400 for each eligible person ($2,800 for couples), plus an additional $1,400 for each dependent.
The IRS will automatically send a third stimulus payment to people who filed a 2019 or 2020 federal income tax return. People who receive Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement benefits, or veterans benefits will receive a third payment automatically, too.
Use the IRS Get My Payment tool to track stimulus money
For the third stimulus check: It's worth visiting the IRS' online portal designed to track the status of your 2021 payment. Generally, it should tell you when your check will be processed and how you'll receive it: for example, as a paper check in the mail.
Eligible families can receive $1,400 per dependent, so an average family of four (two parents and two dependents) could receive a total $5,600. Here are the income limits for receiving a full $1,400 stimulus check: Single taxpayers with an adjusted gross income below $75,000 (phases out completely at $80,000 or above)
If you received the stimulus payment in 2021, you should have an IRS letter “Notice 1444-C” showing the amount you received so you can record it on your tax return. If you didn't receive the most recent stimulus payment, you can claim it when you file your 2021 tax return.
The second stimulus checks for the COVID-19 relief package are set to total $600 per person, with phase outs based on adjusted gross income limits that are similar to the first relief package. Families also get additional $600 payments for each qualifying dependent under age 17.
Eligible taxpayers will receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Up to $500 is provided for each qualifying child who is a dependent under 17.
The American Rescue Plan, signed into law on March 11, 2021, expanded the Child Tax Credit for 2021 to get more help to more families. It has gone from $2,000 per child in 2020 to $3,600 for each child under age 6. For each child ages 6 to 16, it's increased from $2,000 to $3,000.
If you haven't yet filed your tax return, you still have time to file to get your missed 2021 stimulus payments. Visit ChildTaxCredit.gov for details. The IRS has issued all first, second and third Economic Impact Payments. You can no longer use the Get My Payment application to check your payment status.
Amount of Third Stimulus Checks
That's just the base amount. Your check could actually be much higher or lower. To calculate the amount of your check, Uncle Sam will start with that $1,400 figure. If you're married and file a joint tax return, then both you and your spouse will get $1,400 (for a total of $2,800).
Households with adjusted gross income (AGI) up to $75,000 for individuals (up to $150,000 if married filing jointly and up to $112,500 if head of household) will receive the full payment. The third stimulus payment starts to phaseout for people with higher earnings.
The IRS has already started delivering second-round stimulus checks to millions of Americans who received a first-round payment earlier this year. In fact, initial direct deposit payments have already arrived for some people. (To see how much you will get, use our Second Stimulus Check Calculator.)
IRS Refund Schedule for Direct Deposits and Check Refunds
They now issue refunds every business day, Monday through Friday (except holidays). Due to changes in the IRS auditing system, they no longer release a full schedule as they did in previous years.
The IRS only updates your refund status information once per week on Wednesdays. If you e-file your tax return, wait at least 72 hours from the date the IRS confirms receipt of your return before checking your refund status, and at least three weeks if you mail the return instead.
The payments will arrive regularly - on the 15th of each month, starting in July. It is the first part of the expanded Federal Child Tax Credit that was increased up to $3,600 for each eligible child. Families will get $250 to $300 per child, per month, until the end of the year.
You can get the first and second stimulus check as part of your tax refund after you file a 2020 federal tax return or use GetCTC.org (available until November 15, 2021) if you don't have a filing requirement.
What are the July stimulus payments? In July, families will start to see direct cash payments, which are a part of the one-year child tax credit increase that was approved in the American Rescue Plan.