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Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

What are the Coronavirus Stimulus Payments?

The government distributed three stimulus payments to eligible families in 2020 and 2021 to help during the economic crisis caused by the Coronavirus. Most eligible residents have already received their stimulus checks (called Economic Impact Payments).

Payments: The first and second stimulus payments were sent out in 2020 and early 2021. The third payment was sent between March and December 2021.

Confirm whether you received the full amount of your payments by checking your online IRS account.

You probably received the full amount if the total amount was: $1,400 per individual in your household with a valid Social Security Number, plus $1,400 per each qualifying dependent with a Social Security Number.

Information on claiming tax credits in Spanish and Arabic

What if I didn’t get the full amount of my stimulus?

If you didn’t get the full amount of the third stimulus payment, you might be eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit. You can get the Recovery Rebate Credit by filing your 2021 taxes– even if you don’t usually file taxes.

Who is eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit?

To qualify for the Recovery Rebate Credit, you must:

- Earn less than $75,000 per year if you are single, $112,500 if you’re the head of household (typically single parents), or $150,000 for a married couple filing jointly.

- Have a valid Social Security number, or file taxes with a spouse or dependent with a valid SSN.

How do I get help filing taxes?

If you live in Wayne, Macomb, or Oakland counties and earn under $60,000 per year, visit to schedule an appointment with trusted tax experts at no cost.

Otherwise, visit the United Way’s My Free Taxes tool or Get Your Refund to check out other options.

I have already received my three stimulus payments and filed my 2021 taxes. Am I eligible for any other payments?

You might be eligible for thousands of dollars in payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and other credits. Make sure you file your 2022 taxes to claim those payments.

Economic Hardship during COVID-19

Throughout the pandemic, University of Michigan scholars have tracked various indicators of economic well-being and evaluated the impact of the federal social safety net response. This included monitoring changes in material hardship levels, studying the effect of the expanded Child Tax Credit and stimulus checks, and assessing how school closures during the pandemic impacted students experiencing homelessness.

Learn more

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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