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2020 Coronavirus Stimulus Payment

How to get your $1,200 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. You could receive up to $1,200 for yourself ($2,400 for a married couple) and an additional $500 for each dependent child. This site will take you through the process step by step so you can get your payment as soon as possible. While this site is geared toward Michigan residents, the information is applicable nationwide.

Call the IRS directly at 800-919-9835
Or, call the United Way at 844-322-3639.

See if you're eligible

Information in Spanish and Arabic

If you haven't filed taxes, even if you have no income, don’t miss out

If you are not required to file taxes, or if your income is under $12,200 ($24,400 for a married couple), you need to enter your payment information on the IRS website by November 21 to get your stimulus payment. Even if you have no income, you are still eligible, and need to enter your information through this portal. If you are required to file taxes but did not file in 2018 or 2019, 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.

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If you don’t have a bank account or prepaid debit card

It could take up to five months to receive your stimulus check by mail. To get your stimulus payment quickly through direct deposit, sign up for a bank account online and add your account information on the IRS website. If you don’t want to sign up for a bank account, you can link your prepaid debit card instead.

Sign up for a bank account

If you’ve moved since you last filed taxes

If you recently moved and want your stimulus check mailed to you, make sure your address is up to date on the IRS website. Expect delays - it could take up to five months to receive your check by mail. Also be sure you’ve updated your address with the U.S. Postal Service.

If you receive Social Security benefits

If you receive Social Security benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and you don’t need to file a tax return, your stimulus payment will be automatically deposited into the same account as your Social Security or SSI payments. No need to take further action.

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If you’ve already filed taxes and are signed up for direct deposit

sit tight—there’s nothing you need to do

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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?

What if I filed taxes in 2018 or 2019, but the IRS doesn’t have my bank account information?

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?

How do I get the stimulus payment?

What if I don’t have a bank account?

What if I haven’t filed taxes?

What if I receive Social Security benefits and don’t need to file taxes?

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?

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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