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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. Eligible residents have already received their stimulus checks (called Economic Impact Payments), and there is no current plan to issue another round of stimulus checks. .

What was the impact of the stimulus checks? Learn more about research on this topic from Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan.

You may be eligible for tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. To claim this money, it is important to file your taxes – even if you have extremely low or no income.

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.

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.

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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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