Coronavirus tax resource center

Get the latest on the stimulus bill, available aid for individuals and families, and how coronavirus impacts your taxes.

Latest update: Millions of Americans received a second stimulus, including H&R Block customer payments sent Jan. 4-6. Read below

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Second stimulus payments

Millions of Americans received a second stimulus, including H&R Block customers

We know this payment is important to you, and news is changing fast. Please know H&R Block is here for you, and you can rely on us for latest details.

How you’ll get your money

The IRS shared that most people received a direct deposit. If not, you should receive your stimulus in the mail by the end of January.

H&R Block sent millions of stimulus payments to customers, Jan.  4-6. If you still have not received your money, please call us at 800-HRBLOCK so we can look into your specific case.

The IRS Get My Payment tool is now available to check your status, but the tool is not accepting any updates.. Find the latest on how to check on your stimulus, what to do if you see an account number you don’t recognize on the tool, and other related stimulus payment information.

Second stimulus amount

If you’re eligible, the new bill allows for $600 per individual or $1,200 per couple and $600 for each child under age 17.

Eligibility is similar to the first payment

Like round one, you’re likely to receive a second stimulus payment whether you’re employed full time, part time, a gig worker, unemployed or retired.

That includes a $600 payment for:

  • Individuals who file as single or married filing separate making less than $75,000/year,
  • Individuals who file as head of household making less than $112,500/year,
  • couples who file jointly making less than $150,000/year, plus
  • parents of children under age 17 who fall within the income ranges above for their filing status.

If your income is above those ranges, your amount will be reduced. Leave that math to us—Our stimulus payment calculator can help you estimate how much you may receive!

 

 

Information for Emerald Card holders

Most card holders don’t need to do anything

We deposited stimulus payments onto our Emerald Prepaid Mastercard® on January 4-6. If you still have not received your stimulus money, please contact us on our dedicated Emerald Card customer support line at 866-353-1266.

Find additional details about second stimulus payments on Emerald Cards. You can access your Emerald Card balance at myblock.com.

No fee to access your stimulus payment

There is no fee for the stimulus payment to load on your Emerald Card. We have waived all fees associated with accessing your money over-the-counter at a bank through January 19, 2021. Please refer to your Cardholder Agreement for the full list of Emerald Card fees.

Emerald Card and bank changes

The change to MetaBank®, N.A., shouldn’t impact your stimulus payment going to the Emerald Card. With an active Emerald Card, you will be able to access your payment.

New Emerald Card requests

We have two convenient ways for you to receive a new card if you need a new one.

  • Call us at 866-353-1266. Please keep in mind it may take up to two hours for funds to transfer to a new Emerald Card.
  • Find an available H&R Block office near you by using the appointment tool on this page
UPDATED 01/14/2021

Tax filing impacts

Getting every dollar you deserve

Your life may have changed a lot in the past few months, and you may be wondering how that impacts your stimulus and taxes. Rest assured; we’ve got you covered.

Claiming your full stimulus amount

Don’t worry, if you had changes to income, filing status, or dependent information.

Whether you work with one of our tax pros or use H&R Block Online, we’ll make sure you’ll receive additional money you qualify for as a recovery rebate credit when you file your 2020 tax return.

Eligibility for the Earned Income Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit

Good news: A special rule in the new bill can help you continue to claim these valuable credits—even if your income has changed. With this new “lookback” rule, you can choose to use your 2019 earned income information to determine your eligibility for the Earned Income Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit if doing so results in a larger credit.

If it’s better for you to use your 2020 income, you don’t have to use the new rule.

Filing tip for your 2020 taxes

For faster processing, many revenue departments recommend you submit your return via e-file instead of through the U.S. mail because they are operating with limited in-person staff.

UPDATED 12/27/2020

Unemployment benefits

Note: The following information applies to unemployment benefits from the December 2020 Stimulus bill. As we learn more about new unemployment funding, we’ll add that information here.

 Who is eligible?

Anyone who lost their job and/or had to quit due to coronavirus impacts may be eligible. This includes full-time and part-time employees including:

  • Business owners
  • Self-employed
  • Contractors
  • Gig workers
  • People with a limited work history

Complete information is available on the IRS website.

What are the benefits?

Federal unemployment benefits will be $300 per week for 11 weeks, through March 14, 2021. This additional benefit is on top of any amount you’re eligible for within your state. If you haven’t reached your benefit maximum by March 14, your benefits would continue to April 5.

How do I get it?

The quickest way to apply is through your state’s unemployment office. Applications are also taken over the phone if you prefer to call.


Coronavirus FAQs

UPDATED 01/11/2021

Stimulus Payments

Will I owe taxes on the second stimulus payment?
What if my circumstances changed since the first stimulus payment?
My spouse doesn’t have a SSN, do we qualify this time?
What if my spouse has passed away in 2019 and I filed Married Filing Jointly?
What if my spouse has passed away in 2020 after we received the first stimulus payment?
I got an email/text/social media request from the IRS asking about my bank account. Should I reply? How will the IRS contact me to verify my information?
I’m not able to get through to the IRS by phone; how do I get my question answered?