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Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

What are the Coronavirus Stimulus Payments?

The government distributed two payments to eligible families to help during the economic crisis caused by the Coronavirus. If you haven’t received any payments or are waiting for your second payment, this site will help you understand what you need to do to get your money.

Who is eligible for a Stimulus Check?

The vast majority of Michigan residents are eligible to receive a stimulus check from the federal government this year. Even if you have no income, you are still eligible, but need to take action to receive your stimulus payment. This includes individuals with low or no earnings who normally don't file taxes. Every American adult earning less than $75,000 (or couples earning less than $150,000) is eligible for a stimulus check from the federal government this year. While this site is geared toward Michigan residents, the information is applicable nationwide.

If you still have questions about your stimulus check after reviewing this website, call the IRS at 800-919-9835
or, United Way at 844-322-3639.

See if you're eligible

Information in Spanish and Arabic

I got my check in spring 2020, what do I need to do to get my winter 2020-21 stimulus check?

If you received a stimulus payment in spring 2020, there is nothing to do but wait. The IRS will send you your check using the information on file from your spring payment. You will receive your check the same way you did in the spring, either direct deposit or mail. You can check the status of your payment at

What if your bank account or address changed since spring?

If you received a stimulus payment in spring 2020 and your bank account or address has changed, your payment will be returned to the IRS and will have to wait until you file your 2020 taxes to get your money. On your 1040 or 1040-SR you will need to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit.

If you do not normally file taxes, you will need to do so to get your second payment (winter 2020-21) if your banking or address changed after receiving your first payment.

File your taxes as soon as possible to get your payment faster! You can find free filing options through the IRS Free File Site or United Way's MyFreeTaxes, or Accounting Aid Society’s virtual VITA ACE program.

Can I still get my spring 2020 stimulus check if I haven’t received it yet?

Yes. If you never received your first stimulus payment, but believe you are eligible, you can still get both payments by claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2020 1040 or 1040-SR tax forms. These forms can also be used if you don't normally file tax returns but are eligible for the credit.

If you receive Social Security benefits

If you receive Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and you received your first stimulus payment into your benefits account, you will receive the second payment in the same way. If you did not receive your first or second payment, but think you are eligible, you should file your 2020 taxes and claim the Recovery Rebate Credit, to get the funds either as a refund or credit on your taxes.

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Stimulus Check FAQs

Here are some answers to common questions and concerns

Who is eligible to receive a stimulus check?

How will the IRS determine my income for the stimulus payment?

How much money will I get?

When will I receive my check?

Will the stimulus money be considered income that I have to claim on my taxes?

Will I have to pay my stimulus payment back next year?

What if I don’t have a bank account?

What if I haven’t filed taxes?

What if I don’t qualify - where else can I get help?

Will my payment be reduced or offset if I owe tax, have a payment agreement with the IRS, owe other Federal or State debt, or owe other debt collectors?

Will the stimulus payments impact my other government benefits?

Are college students eligible for the stimulus payments?

Will my stimulus payment be reduced if I owe debt to a federal or state agency or other private creditor?

Will the stimulus payments reduce my 2020 tax refund?

What can I do to avoid scams related to stimulus payments?

I went on the IRS Get My Payment site and it says my money has been sent out, but it does not list the correct bank account information. What do I do?

I went on the IRS Get My Payment site and it says that my payment status is not available. What do I do?

I received my payment, but it did not include the $500 payment for my dependents. What do I do?

I got my stimulus check but I don’t have a bank account. Where can I cash my check for free?

Did you miss the deadline to register online for the Economic Impact Payment?

If I did not previously qualify for a stimulus payment, but my income in 2020 was significantly less than my 2018 or 2019 income, can I claim a Recovery Rebate Credit?

If I had a child in 2020, can I claim the Recovery Rebate Credit to receive a stimulus payment for this child?

About this page

This resource was created by Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan in partnership with Civilla to help ensure that all Michiganders can access the coronavirus stimulus payments they are eligible for.


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