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Get the latest on the stimulus bill, available aid for individuals and families, and how coronavirus impacts your taxes including federal and state filing extensions.
If you typically don’t file a tax return, but want to get your information to the IRS to receive your stimulus payment, we can help. Our free DIY online service will walk you through the process, step by step.
July 15 is the new filing deadline for federal income taxes. If you expect to receive a refund, the IRS is still processing returns and we’re here to help. If you expect to owe the IRS, you have until July 15 to file and pay your balance due without incurring fees or penalties.
Even if you owe the IRS, you have until July 15 to file a tax return without incurring any fees or penalties.
Approximately 90% of Americans qualify for full or partial payment. Whether you are employed full time, part time, a gig worker, unemployed, or retired, you are likely eligible for a payment.
The starting amount is $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married taxpayers filing jointly. You will also receive an additional $500 for each qualifying child under age 17.
For people who have filed their 2018 or 2019 tax return, the stimulus payment will likely be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed. If no direct deposit information was entered on a tax return, a stimulus payment check will be mailed. The IRS launched a tool, Get My Payment, where you can check to see when and where your stimulus payment will be sent. Using this tool, you may be able to make changes to how you receive your payment.
If you haven’t filed your 2018 or 2019 taxes, we recommend you file soon to ensure your contact information, bank details and annual income are updated with the IRS.
If you qualified for a stimulus payment but aren’t required to file your taxes, our free online product will walk you through updating your information with the IRS, step by step.
Anyone who lost their job and/or had to quit due to coronavirus impacts. This includes full-time and part-time employees including:
How much unemployment assistance you’ll get depends on your state. In addition to state benefits, eligible workers will get an extra $600 weekly in federal assistance. You now get 39 weeks of unemployment benefits. Typically, unemployment provides up to 26 weeks. The CARES Act provides 13 additional weeks of support.
The quickest way to apply is through your state’s unemployment office. Applications are also taken over the phone if you prefer to call.
To qualify, you’ll be asked to self-certify that you cannot work due to:
More than 90% of Americans will be eligible to receive an economic impact payment (stimulus check). Whether you’re employed full time, part time, a gig worker, unemployed or retired, you are likely eligible. You must have a Social Security number or Adoption Tax Identification Number.
To receive the full amount, your 2018 or 2019 Adjusted Gross Income must be below the following amounts for your tax filing status:
If your AGI was more than the amounts above, the credit will be reduced by $5 for each $100 over the limit). Ex. If you filed single with no children and your AGI was $85,00 in 2019, your check amount would be $700. When you enter your information into the stimulus check calculator, it will reflect these details in your result.
The amount varies based on the income in your household, the number of children age 16 and younger, and your filing status. Use our stimulus check calculator to determine eligibility and how much you will receive.
No, eligibility follows the guidelines for the Child Tax Credit which requires qualifying children to be 16 or younger. You won’t receive payment for dependents 17 years old or over.
No, you will not owe taxes on your payment. The legislation specifically states the payment will not be taxable.
No, it’s not. When you file your 2020 tax return in 2021, you could get an additional stimulus payment, if your circumstances change. The additional payment would be added to your refund or reduce your balance due. If your stimulus payment was too high based on actual 2020 information, it will not lower your refund or add to your balance due.
At this time, the IRS has shared it intends to directly deposit payments into the account listed on your 2018 or 2019 tax return. For more information about your stimulus payment use the new IRS tool, Get My Payment.
The government plans to issue payments over the next few months, beginning in mid-April. For more information about your stimulus payment use the new IRS tool, Get My Payment.
The IRS is using information for the stimulus payout from 2019 taxes, or 2018 taxes if you haven’t filed taxes for 2019. Now is a good time to file your 2019 taxes if your income, direct deposit information or address has changed or if you didn’t file a 2018 return.
You’re all set! The government will calculate and send your payment using this information.
File soon! Unless you receive Social Security or railroad retirement benefits, not having a 2019 or 2018 tax filing on record could potentially affect getting your stimulus check. If you receive Social Security or railroad retirement benefits, you will receive the stimulus payment as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as you would normally receive those payments. Otherwise, the IRS says you will still need to file a simple tax return to receive your stimulus payment.
If you receive Social Security or railroad retirement benefits, you will receive the stimulus payment as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as you would normally receive those payments. Otherwise, people who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive a stimulus payment, according to the IRS. You can file this simple return in for free with H&R Block Online Free.
Owing federal or state taxes does not impact your stimulus payment. The stimulus payment may be offset for past due child support, but not for any other reason.
According to the IRS, these economic impact payments will be available throughout the rest of 2020.
Following the announcement of the stimulus payments, the IRS is warning there’s a wave of new and evolving phishing schemes against taxpayers. The IRS will not be contacting taxpayers for personal or banking information via phone, email, text or social media to complete the stimulus payment. Do not open emails or click on attachments or links that appear to come from the IRS and avoid requests to send personal or financial information.
You can check your stimulus payment through the Get My Payment site. If you are scheduled to receive a paper check in the mail, and the payment has not already been scheduled for delivery, you can use the site to input your account information to receive a direct deposit instead of waiting for a check.
You will need to provide:
H&R Block clients can access this information from their MyBlock account.
The IRS is issuing additional payments on a weekly basis. Once you enter your bank account information into the Get My Payment site, you can generally expect funds to be available in your account within two weeks.
According to the IRS, you may receive this message for the following reasons:
If the IRS attempts to deposit a stimulus payment to an account that is inactive or closed, the payment will be returned to the IRS. The IRS has communicated they will mail the payment to the address on the 2019 or 2018 tax return, or the address on file with the U.S. Postal Service, whichever is more current. You can check the status from the Get My Payment tool at IRS.gov/EIP. Note the IRS is working through some known issues so you may need to check back for an updated status.
The IRS has determined some people will receive their stimulus payment on their Emerald Card. For those who do, H&R Block is adding $10 to their card account to help them access money, should they need it. The $10 credit should load to their account when the stimulus payment is loaded. For more information about when and where your stimulus payment will be sent, visit the IRS tool, Get My Payment.
If you receive your stimulus payment on an Emerald Card, H&R Block is placing $10 on the card to help you access money, should you need it. We will credit your card with $10 at approximately the same time you receive your stimulus payment. There is no fee for the stimulus payment to load on your Emerald Card. In addition, H&R Block is temporarily waiving the over-the-counter fee to withdraw funds at a bank through May 31. There are fees for certain uses of your Emerald Card. For a full list of Emerald Card fees, please refer to your Cardholder Agreement.
H&R Block can get you a replacement card. Simply call 1-866-353-1266.
There is no fee to get a replacement Emerald Card, which will arrive in the mail in approximately five business days after requested. There is a fee to expedite delivery. For details or to request a card call 1-866-353-1266.
According to the IRS, the Get My Payment tool does not allow people to change bank account information already on file with the IRS to help protect against potential fraud.
According to the IRS, if the bank account is closed, the deposit will be rejected, and you will be issued your payment to the address the IRS has on file for you. If the Get My Payment tool indicates your payment has been processed, you cannot change your bank account information.
There are many factors that could impact where the IRS has directed your payment, including information from your 2019 or 2018 return. If you have questions, the IRS encourages people to check for updated stimulus information on IRS.gov/EIP.
The IRS is determining when and how stimulus payments are distributed. H&R Block is processing payments as soon as we receive them, including payments to Emerald Cards. You can check your stimulus payment through the Get My Payment site. If you are scheduled to receive a paper check in the mail, and the payment has not already been scheduled for delivery, you can use the site to input your account information to receive a direct deposit instead of waiting for a check.
In most cases, we expect your stimulus payment to go to your bank account. However, there are many factors that can impact where the IRS will send your payment. You can check your stimulus payment through the Get My Payment site.
Yes, when you file in an office to receive your stimulus payment, you can apply for an Emerald Card in an effort to get the stimulus payment electronically. There is no fee for the stimulus payment to load on your Emerald Card. View the full list of Emerald Card fees.
The IRS has started funding stimulus payments, but there are many factors that may impact when you receive your payment. You can check your stimulus payment through the Get My Payment site.
When taxpayers file a 2020 tax return in 2021, they could get an additional stimulus payment, if circumstances changed. Biological parents alternating years claiming their children is an example of changed circumstances. Another example is when a child is born in 2020 and was not included on anyone’s 2019 tax return when the stimulus payments were made in 2020. Additional stimulus payment will be added to a refund or reduce a balance due on your 2020 tax return.
However, if a stimulus payment was too high based on actual 2020 information, it will not lower a refund or add to a balance due.
We are still here to help but encouraging everyone to use our Drop-off services to reduce in-person interactions. If you typically meet with one of our tax pros to prepare your return, now instead, you can drop off your documents or simply call and we’ll work with you to upload your documents without coming to an office at all. After we receive your documents, a tax pro will call with any questions and you can even review and approve your return electronically. Our drop-off services are an important way we can support your well-being and that of our tax pros, too.
Yes, we are happy to serve you outside of regular office hours to help reduce contact with others. You can reach out to your local H&R Block office to make an appointment.
Yes, if you prefer not to come to an office, simply call and we can work with you to get your taxes prepared. You can also use Tax Pro Go to have your taxes prepared virtually by a tax pro, as well as file through our do-it-yourself online tax services, which includes H&R Block Online Assist for unlimited, on-demand expert human help via chat, screen sharing or a phone call.
While Tax Day is now July 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic, everyone still needs to file a tax return. The IRS is still accepting returns and processing refunds, which are processed on a ‘first received, first paid’ basis. We are ready to help you get your important refunds now through drop-off services at an office, virtual expert tax prep with Tax Pro Go, or our do-it-yourself online or desktop software products.
We can still help. You can call any office to use our digital drop-off service. A tax pro will help you upload your tax documents electronically. You can also use Tax Pro Go to have your taxes prepared virtually by a tax pro, as well as file through our do-it-yourself online tax services, which includes H&R Block Online Assist for unlimited, on-demand expert human help via chat, screen sharing or a phone call.