A Stimulus Check is money that the government will give to individuals and families to help them during the COVID-19 crisis.
If you filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return, you do not need to do anything. The IRS will send you the stimulus check.
If you get Social Security Retirement, Social Security Disability Insurance, or Railroad Retirement benefits, you do not need to do anything. The IRS will send you the stimulus check.
What if you didn’t file taxes in 2018 or 2019 and earned some income from work?
If you are single and your income is higher than $12,200, you should file your 2019 tax return as soon as possible. If you are married and your income is higher than $24,400, you should file your 2019 tax return as soon as possible. The deadline to file taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020. But, if you can’t file right away, you can still qualify to get your stimulus check through December 2020.
If you have very low-income, but you earned at least $1 from work, you should think about filing taxes, because in addition to getting the stimulus check you may also be eligible for additional money through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
What if I didn’t file taxes in 2018 or 2019 because I am very low-income or I didn’t earn any money?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will deposit the money into the bank account you listed in your 2018 or 2019 tax return, or the special IRS form. If you did not give the IRS a bank account, the IRS will mail you a check to the address you provide.
How will I get the money if I get SSI benefits?
Anyone who receives SSI and does NOT have qualifying children in the household, whether or not they file tax returns or fill out the IRS form, will receive $1,200 by the end of April.
But, if you’re on SSI and you have children, you will not receive your child’s payment until next year.
Or...go now to the IRS’s webpage at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here and visit the "Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info" section to provide your information. By taking proactive steps to enter information on the IRS website about yourself and your qualifying children, you will receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to your $1,200 individual payment. If SSI beneficiaries in this group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, they will have to wait until later to receive their $500 per qualifying child.
Do I need a social security number to get a check?
Yes. If you file jointly with your spouse, you and your spouse must both have social security numbers.
If you don’t have a social security number, you can’t apply for a stimulus check for your child. Your adult child may be able to get a Stimulus Check if they have a social security number and will not be a dependent in 2020.
Will the Stimulus Check reduce my cashaid, health care or food assistance benefits?
No. If you spend the stimulus money within 12 months, it will not affect your CalFresh, SSI, School Meals, Medi-Cal, WIC or CalWORKs benefits.