Part of the CARES Act (coronavirus relief bill) is a one-time “Economic Impact Payment” of up to $1200, for most people in the U.S. The IRS is already disbursing these payments, based mostly on tax filing information from 2019 and 2018. You don’t need to do anything else to get your payment if:
- you filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return or receive Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), or survivor benefits, or Railroad Retirement benefits,
- and the direct deposit information or address you provided is still correct.
You do not have to file taxes in order to receive your stimulus payment if you:
- Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- Had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019;
- Were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019, and didn’t plan to.
But, you do have to register through the IRS website in order to provide payment information. You can register here:
If you don’t meet the criteria above, see the IRS’ site for more information on filing your taxes, or updating payment information after you have filed.
Resources for further information:
- IRS’ Economic Impact Payment Information Center
- Legal Aid: Call 612-334-5970 or apply online to see if they can assist with filing or registering for your payment.
- Prepare and Prosper: Help with tax filing, setting up a checking account or prepaid card, and more
- LawHelpMN factsheet: COVID-19: Am I getting a (payment) check?