COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

What is a COVID-19 Stimulus Check?

When Congress passed its coronavirus relief package, it provided for checks to be sent to taxpayers and non-taxpayers alike. The IRS has already started issuing these checks.

How much will I get?

This depends on your tax filing status along with your adjusted gross income. Generally, a single US resident with a Social Security number and an adjusted gross income under $75,000 will receive the full amount of $1,200. If your adjusted gross income reaches $99,000, you won’t be eligible for a stimulus check. If you fall between $75,000 and $99,000, your stimulus check will be less than $1,200.

If you file as head of household, you will get the full $1,200 payment if your AGI is $112,500 or less with the amount decreasing until you reach $146,500 AGI.

Married couples filing jointly without children with an AGI below $150,000 will get a $2,400 payment, decreasing to zero at $198,000. For each child age 16 or younger, parents will receive a payment of $500.

How do I get my check?

If you filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, the IRS will automatically review your tax return from those years to determine what amount you are eligible for, if any. Then, they will use either your direct deposit information from that tax return or your mailing address on that tax return to either directly deposit your stimulus check into your bank account or mail you the check to the mailing address on file.

What if I didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019?

If you were receiving L&I benefits in 2018 and 2019, you probably didn’t file a tax return in those years. Or, if your income was too low in those years, you probably didn’t file a tax return either. Whatever the reason, the IRS has laid out the procedure for getting your stimulus check. Check out the following website to follow the steps to get your stimulus check:

If you have any other questions or want to check the status of your check, go to for more information.


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