January 18, 2022

Here’s everything you need to know

How much are the checks worth?

Individuals earning gross adjusted income of up to $75,000 per year are eligible for a check for $1,200. From there, the checks are reduced by $5 for every $100 in income north of $75,000. They disappear completely when you make $99,000 or more.

Couples who earn gross adjusted income of up to $150,000 receive $2,400. Checks disappear completely at $198,000 for couples. Heads of households will receive $1,200 if they earn up to $112,500, tapering completely at $136,500. In addition, heads of households and couples receive $500 per child under 17.

Who is eligible?

Those earning above the income thresholds, non-citizens without a green card, and anyone classified as a dependent are not eligible for a check.

Do retirees receive an incentive check?

Yes, many people who receive Social Security benefits are eligible for a check, as long as their gross adjusted income meets the requirements.

Do gig workers get a stimulus check?

Yes. As long as you have a citizen service number (BSN), filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and meet the income requirements, you will receive a check.

Will you still get an incentive plan if you recently lost your job?

Yes. If you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and meet the income requirements, you will receive a check. However, if you recently lost your job due to the coronavirus, but your income was higher than the admission requirements in 2019, you will not receive the check. But you can still apply for unemployment benefits.

What is Adjusted Gross Income?

The adjusted gross income is different from the taxable income. It is the amount of money you report as income, including income from your job, self-employment, dividends, etc., minus certain “above the line” deductions such as alimony payments and contributions to certain retirement accounts, including a 401(k) and IRA.

You can find your AGI on line 8b on your 2019 Form 1040 and line 7 on your 2018 Form 1040.

What tax year is your gross adjusted income based on?

If you filed your 2019 return, the amount you receive will be based on your 2019 gross adjusted income. Otherwise, the federal government will use your 2018 return to see if you qualify.

How are the checks sent?

The checks will be sent via direct deposit if you have already provided the IRS with your bank account information. If you’ve received a refund this year deposited directly into your account, you’re all set.

If the IRS doesn’t have your direct deposit information, you’ll receive a check in the mail.

Do you have to request the cheques?

New. The checks are automatically sent by the IRS. However, if you have not yet filed an income tax return for 2018 or 2019, you must do so.

When do the stimulus controls go off?

People will start receive exemption checks or direct deposits within three weeksTreasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said. However, some experts say this is unrealistic and could take much longer.

Those who don’t have direct deposit information with the IRS can expect to wait longer to receive a check in the mail, just as they would have to wait to receive their tax refund.

Are the checks taxed?

The checks are not taxable.

What’s the best way to use the money?

Will more checks be sent?

President Trump has said he is open to sending another round of checks, but it’s unclear if Congress will do so in the coming months.

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