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Can You Get A $1,200 Coronavirus Stimulus Check? Here's How To Know

| Tamala Stumon | COVID-19

The IRS rollout of $1,200 coronavirus relief payments is underway, but the window to apply is limited. Here's how to know if you are eligible, how much you can get, and how to get it.

First, your eligibility to get a payment and the amount you will receive are based on your total income from 2018 or 2019:

Most people must meet one of the following conditions:

    • If you are a single US resident and have an adjusted gross income (AGI) of less than $75,000, you will receive your maximum possible payment of $1,200. Single filers who earn more, will see their sum decrease as your AGI goes up, but If your adjusted gross income exceeds $99,000 in this category, you won't be eligible for the stimulus.

    • Filing as the head of a household: To get your maximum possible payment -- $1,200 -- your AGI must be $112,500 or less, with the amount decreasing until you reach $146,500. Above that amount, you are ineligible.

    • Married couples filing jointly without children: To get your maximum payment of $2,400, your AGI must be $150,000 or less, The amount decreases until your AGI reaches $198,900. Above that amount, you are ineligible.

    • For parents claiming children (via CNET): "For each child aged 16 or younger in the family, parents will get a payment of $500. Parents will not receive a payment for children born, adopted or placed into foster care in 2020 because the payment is based only on information from your 2019 or 2018 tax return. The IRS said you may claim the child next year for an additional credit on your 2020 tax return. Older children and other dependents may not be eligible for a payment. "

To find your AGI for 2019, look at line 8b on the 2019 1040 federal tax form or line 7 on the 2018 1040 form. Do not worry if you have not yet filed your 2019 taxes, however, because the US government has pushed back the due date for 2019 taxes to July 15.

However, if you have not filed 2018 federal taxes, you should do so immediately. According to CNET, the IRS says it could affect your stimulus check. Also, be sure to include direct deposit banking information on the return.

Electronic, direct-deposit payouts have already begun, and paper checks are being mailed beginning April 24.

In some cases, people who normally are not required to file tax returns will automatically receive full coronavirus stimulus payments. According to the IRS, senior citizens, Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance recipients and railroad retirees will automatically receive the full $1,200 economic impact payment, and it projects payments for these recipients will go out by early May.

"Others, including those who haven't filed a 2018 or 2019 return because they are under the normal income limits for filing a tax return, can use the Non-Filers portal to get their payment. To get started, go to the IRS' Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here site and tap the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here button. As part of the process, you'll enter personal information and, if you want to receive your stimulus check by direct deposit, banking information."

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