In addition, there may be other forces and eligibility rules preventing youeven if it seems at first glance that you meet the requirements.
We go through the barriers we know to theyou may not be eligible. For more information, here’s what we know about what payment group you would be with , a and how a . This story has been updated with new information.
The calculations are different with a second check
Some things have changed with the, including a (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.
Children over 16 and students under 24 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, you are not considered a child under the CARES Act, 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.
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 may not qualify 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 Democrats’wanted to extend incentive checks to a group of people who are not US citizens and pay US taxes, with a taxpayer identification number provided by the IRS.
Rule Change: If your spouse is a ‘non-resident alien,’ you may now qualify
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
like youwith a whopping $ 150, the government has states the . For example, if you owe $ 2,000, your entire stimulus check will go to your child’s other parent. If you owe $ 400, that amount will be deducted from your stimulus check.
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. It is unclear whether detainees will receive a second stimulus check. That may depend on the final decision in the current case.
Families of people who have died since your 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 the money back (the process for refund here).
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, .