If this is successful, the change of the total can also bring in many more people– we explain why below. Even when that happens, there are still more ways people can be disqualified from one . (Here’s how .)
Without knowing which way the wind will blow on the payment amount as the last days of 2020 tick off, or whether Trump would change his mind andas it is, we’ll walk you through different scenarios that will take you from one . If you do qualify, here’s some , what can happen to a and how a . We regularly update this story with new information.
The calculations are different with a check for $ 600 seconds
Some things have changed with thethat Congress approved Monday, including one (less than $ 1,200 per person) with an additional $ 600 each (from $ 500). One thing that didn’t is the formula the IRS uses .
The result of some pretty complicated math for stimulus checks is that more people are progressively becoming ineligible for a stimulus check payment, especially if they don’t have children aged 16 and under, the appropriate age for a qualified dependent.
So, for example, if you’re a single tax bearer, you don’t have qualified dependent children and youron our 2019 taxes is between $ 75,000 and $ 95,000, you would have received a portion of the first ($ 1,200 max) stimulus check. But capped at $ 600 per adult, you would gradually end the second payment once you hit $ 87,000. Read more in our and try it yourself.
Find your 2019 tax return to determine your adjusted gross income. You can find your AGI on line 8b of the 2019 federal tax form 1040. If you did not file any tax in 2019, locate your 2018 tax document and navigate to line 7.
People between 17 and 24 years old are excluded again
When the first round of incentive checks was sent, millions of young Americans were barred from receiving the payment –. Those who were between the ages of 17 and 24 and were also claimed as were not checked themselves due to a child’s tax code definition. So if you are 17 or older, under the new plan (and the CARES law) you will not be considered a child, even if you still live at home.
While some lawmakers have called for expanding the definition of a stimulus control dependent, regardless of age, thekept the CARES Act definition but increased the amount from $ 500 to $ 600 per qualified child. It’s not clear whether a successful $ 2000 adult incentive check would also keep the $ 600 provision for dependent children.
Note that even if you are not considered a child by the definitions of stimulus control, you may not be considered an adult who would receive their own stimulus control. Here’s how to determine if you’re counting as a.
People with ‘non-resident alien’ status, here’s what we know
If you are a “non-resident alien” you are not eligible for one. The government defines a non-resident alien as someone who has “failed the green card test or the substantial attendance test”.
Note that youto receive the first incentive payment. Non-citizens must have a Social Security number and live and work in the US to receive an incentive check under the CARES Act. The $ 900 billion stimulus bill would make it possible for families with a non-civil spouse even if they themselves get a tax identification number (ITIN) from the IRS and not a Social Security number.
The Democrats’wanted to extend incentive checks to a group of people who are not US citizens and pay US taxes, with an ITIN provided by the IRS.
Rule Change: If your spouse is a ‘non-resident alien’, you can qualify now
The $ 900 Billion Incentive Act allows non-U.S. Citizens with a spouse to have aas part of their household, a change to the first payment rules.
If you were married on the first check to someone considered a non-resident alien, neither of you could receive the first stimulus check for yourself or money for your family members if you file your tax returns jointly – even if the eligible parent and child are US citizens.
To receive the first incentive check, you must both have a Social Security number or be a member of the United States Armed Forces during the tax year. If you filed your taxes separately, the citizen may be eligible for a full or partial incentive payment. The same was true for US citizens who claim their dependent child (as head of household) on a separate tax return from the non-civil spouse.
At the second check, the family could be eligible as long as they met the other requirements.
People who owe child support are allowed to take their account
With the first stimulus check, if youwith a whopping $ 150, the government gave states the . For example, if you owed $ 2,000, your entire stimulus check would go to your child’s other parent. If you owed $ 400, that amount would be deducted from your stimulus check.
The rules surrounding the $ 600 incentive check would allow people in this group to hold the money without having their check garnished to pay back child support.
Trapped people: how the current law stands
Originally, people in prison and in jail were deemed by the IRS to be eligible for a stimulus check, and subsequently interpreted them as ineligible. But a California federal judge’s ruling allows inmates to apply online for the first incentive payment by Nov. 21, noting that the CARES Act did not explicitly ban this group.
The IRS has appealed this decision but has sent paperwork to prisons for inmates. Currently, detainees would be entitled to a second stimulus check.
What if someone has died since the last tax return?
The IRS “sent nearly 1.1 million payments totaling nearly $ 1.4 billion to deceased persons,” said the US Government Accountability Office, before requesting a refund.
If someone has died since the previous tax return, the IRS guideline at the first check is that families cannot keep the money on their behalf, for example, if the deceased filed taxes with a spouse. An exception may be if you receive the survivor’s social security benefit from your spouse.
With the second check, if your spouse passed away in 2020 and your AGI is less than $ 112,500 per year, you will be eligible for the full amount of $ 600. (There is a precedent for this. According to ProPublica and CNBC, families were able to maintain the stimulus from the 2008 economic crisis in the event of death.)
If a check was inadvertently addressed to you and you would otherwise be ineligible, the IRS may expect the family to return the payment, although they may not be legally required to do so.
If you still don’t know if you are eligible for the next incentive payment, find out here. Also, . Plus, .