- The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) will automatically send eligible recipients a stimulus payment. The amount is based on the recipient’s total income.
- Estimate your stimulus payment amount with our calculator.
- The IRS will calculate and deposit the payment into the recipient’s bank account, based on the banking information on their tax return. Qualified individuals who have not provided banking information will receive a paper check.
- The IRS has re-opened the Get My Payment portal, where you can track the status of your stimulus payments.
The federal government recently passed a second stimulus package to help businesses, families, and individuals stay financially afloat during this pandemic. Part of this relief bill includes that the IRS distributes stimulus payments to qualified individuals.
How to know if you qualify
Those who are eligible will automatically receive a stimulus payment from the IRS:
- Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment.
- If you’re single, you could receive up to $600.
- Married couples could receive up to $1,200 and up to $600 for every child under 18.
- For those with an income above those amounts, the payment is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 ($198,000 for joint filers) with no children are not eligible.
- You could see your payment as early as next week.
If you need more information (such as how your Social Security or Disability benefits affect your package, how your package is handled if you do not file taxes, or what happens if you have yet to file your taxes this year), please visit the IRS website.
Estimate your payment
Receiving your stimulus payment from the IRS
Most people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the stimulus payments to those who are eligible.
- If the IRS has your banking information on file from your last tax refund, your payment will be deposited directly into that account.
- Eligible recipients who do not have a bank account on file with the IRS will receive a paper check.
- The IRS has stated that those with Direct Express will receive payment on their debit card.
- Most Social Security retirement and disability beneficiaries, railroad retirees and those receiving veterans’ benefits do not need take any action to receive a payment, and you can expect to receive the benefits in the same way you are normally paid.
- For eligible people in this group who didn’t receive a payment for any reason, they can file a 2020 tax return.
For more information about the stimulus checks, the IRS will post key information on IRS.gov/eip.
Maximizing your stimulus payment
If you’re expecting to receive a paper check, avoid paying fees* on your money by depositing it for free into a Sesame Cash account. Sesame Cash is a no-fee bank account that helps you keep more of your money for things that matter most.
While the fastest way to receive stimulus payments is through direct deposit, the IRS is not currently accepting new direct deposit information online. You can, however, update this information when you file your taxes to have future stimulus payments and government benefits automatically deposited into your Sesame Cash account up to two days early! No more waiting for a check!
For recommendations on how to spend your stimulus payment to help maximize the funds, read our guide.
Tracking your payment
The IRS has already started distributing the payments, beginning with those who have direct deposit information on file. You can track the status of your payment here.
We’re here to help.
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Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as financial advice. The payment estimate is calculated pursuant to the second stimulus package, however, actual payment amounts may vary.