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
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Complete information is available on the IRS website.
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.
The quickest way to apply is through your state’s unemployment office. Applications are also taken over the phone if you prefer to call.
No, you will not owe taxes on your payment. The legislation specifically states the payment will not be taxed.
Don’t worry, you can indicate changes to income, filing status, or dependent information when you file your 2020 tax return and potentially receive additional money as a recovery rebate credit.
The second stimulus payment will be available for people who have a Social Security Number but are married to individuals without a Social Security Number. However, only the spouse with an SSN valid for employment will receive the stimulus payment. The spouse that does not have an SSN will not be eligible for a $600 payment.
If your spouse passed away in 2019 and you filed jointly, only you and qualifying children will receive a second stimulus payments.
If your spouse passed away in 2020, you, your spouse, and any qualifying children you have will receive a second stimulus payment.
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.
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