Note: This information is evolving quickly and we will try to update as needed. You can also visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments for more information. Also, beware of scams! The IRS will not call or email you asking for your personal information!
In mid-May, Americans started getting their stimulus payment on a prepaid debit card instead of in the form of a paper check.
The prepaid debit cards will arrive by mail at your home residence. The debit cards are distributed under the bank name of MetaBank. Your card will be delivered in an envelope with MetaBank on the front – not the U.S. Treasury Department.
Instructions on how to activate your prepaid debit card will come in the mail along with the card. The card will come with instructions in the mail about how to check the card’s balance online, over the phone, or using a mobile app.
You can use the card to pay bills and make purchases in-store, online, or anywhere that accepts Visa cards. You can also withdraw cash from in-network ATMs and transfer your money into your personal bank account with no fees or charges. To check where you can use an ATM with your prepaid debit card with no fees, check this list.
The prepaid debit cards provide you with financial protections from fraud, loss, and other security breaches, just like a normal debit or credit card issued by a bank.
You can still get a stimulus payment if you did not file a 2018 or 2019 tax return (or you do not get Social Security, Railroad Retirement, or Veterans Compensation and Pension benefits). You can still file tax returns for 2018 and/or 2019 before October 15, 2020 and get stimulus money – and you should! This includes
- people with very low income (less than $12,200), and
- people who do not otherwise owe taxes.
You can file a simple return at https://www.freefilefillableforms.com/#/fd/EconomicImpactPayment.
If you can get direct deposit, you will get money more quickly.
Here are the income guidelines for the stimulus payments. If your gross income during the last year you filed your taxes was:
$75,000 or less and you are a single person, you will get $1,200.
$112,500 or less and you are head of household, you will get $1,200 plus $500 for each child aged 16 or under.
$150,000 or less and you are married filing jointly without children, you will get $2400.
$150,000 or less and you are married filing jointly with children, you will get $2,400 plus $500 for each child aged 16 or under.
Note: Your stimulus payment will be lower if you earn more than the amounts listed above.
You should have gotten a stimulus payment directly deposited in your bank account or direct express card already if:
- You get Social Security Retirement, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Railroad Retirement or Survivor Benefits, or Veteran’s Compensation and Pension Benefits;
- You filed or will file your 2018 and/or 2019 income tax returns with direct deposit information for your bank account;
- No one else claimed you as a dependent on their tax return.
If you have dependent children under age 17 and you get Social Security Retirement, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Railroad Retirement or Survivor Benefits, or Veteran’s Compensation and Pension Benefits, but did NOT file a simple return to get additional stimulus benefits for your dependents under age 17, you can still claim these additional benefits by filing a 2020 tax return in 2021.
You will not get a stimulus payment if:
You are non-citizen who is not authorized to work in the United States.
Someone else claimed you as a dependent on their tax return.
You have a child support arrearage that the State has reported to the Treasury.
You do not get any kind of Social Security and you do not file taxes for 2018 or 2019.
You are married to a non-citizen who does not have a Social Security Number and you filed a joint tax return.
You are over the income limits to receive the stimulus.
NOTE: Your stimulus payment does not count as income or a resource for any public benefit programs like TFA, Medicaid, or SNAP. It also does not count as income in calculating rent for the state Rental Assistance Program (RAP) or any state funded housing. Both HUD and the Department of Housing have said that the stimulus payment and the extra $600 some people will be getting as unemployment will not be counted as income in calculating rent for federal public housing, Section 8, or any federally-assisted housing.
What if I didn’t get my stimulus payment?
You may have lost or thrown out the prepaid debit card with your stimulus payment. In this case, call 1-800-240-8100 and choose option 2 for a lost or stolen card. You will need to enter the last six digits of your social security number. You should be transferred to someone who can help you replace your card. You can get more information at https://www.eipcard.com/support/.
The IRS says my stimulus payment was deposited into my bank account, but I don’t have it. What can I do?
Call 800-919-9835 and ask for a payment trace. The IRS has said to expect long wait times because they are understaffed for the high amount of calls coming in. You should not call this number to ask for a payment trace if you are still trying to determine if you’re eligible for the stimulus payment or how much your payment will be.