How do I get the government stimulus payment?


Updated March, 2021

Most taxpayers who are qualified don’t need to do anything.

For those who have not yet filed their return for 2020, the IRS will use information from their 2019 tax filing to calculate the payment. The American Rescue Plan Payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account as listed on the tax return filed.

If you receive Social Security, you will automatically receive your payment, without further action.

If you did not submit direct deposit information to the IRS, and you are eligible, you will receive a mailed check or debit card in April or May.

If you did not receive the first or second Economic Impact Payment, visit the IRS page here.

More information about Economic Impact Payments can be found here:

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