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Stimulus: How do I know if I’m owed a payment?

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  • Abbi Aruck 

The last round of federal stimulus checks were worth $1,400.

However, many Americans are unsure if they ever received it. Luckily, there’s a simple way to check.

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How much is the payment worth?

The last round of stimulus checks were worth $1,400. Qualifying Americans received the full payment as long as their annual income did not exceed $75,000. This figure was adjusted to $150,000 for joint filers.

People with higher incomes were still considered eligible– until a certain point. They still received a payment, just a reduced amount. The maximum income to receive any stimulus payment was $80,000 for single filers and $160,000 for joint filers.

As of December 2021, the IRS had issued more than 175 million stimulus checks. Most Americans have already received the third-round stimulus, but not everyone.

Am I owed a stimulus payment?

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration issued a report in March that found that more than 645,000 people never received the payment. You may have missed it if you fall into one of the following groups:

  • People with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) who have a qualifying dependent– this is affecting 419,822 individuals.
  • Unemployment benefit exclusion eligible– affecting 133,578 individuals.
  • Those who have been inaccurately marked as a resident of a US territory–affecting 51,639 individuals.
  • Those with filing changes or had an unresolved condition on their tax account– affecting 39,666 individuals.

If you think you might qualify, there’s an easy way to check!

The IRS sent out two important letters about stimulus checks and the child tax credit, that you should have received by now. Letter 6475 was related to stimulus payments and was to help determine if you can claim the recovery rebate credit on your 2021 tax return or not. The letter also included details on how to claim it when you file.

If you don’t remember getting a letter, there are other ways to check. You could look through your bank statements from last year and see how much was deposited. Another option is to sign in to your online account and click on the “economic impact payment information” section on the tax records page.

Parents can use the child tax credit portal by the IRS to view payments on their online accounts. If you’re really unsure, set up a consultation with a tax professional for help because filing with errors will often lead to delays. However, there will be a fee to file because the deadline to file for free was April 18. There is an exception for those who requested an extension– which lasts until October.

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