Stimulus Payments

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Please browse the FAQs below:

Where do I find information about the stimulus payment?

For stimulus payment information, also known as the economic impact payment, go to the IRS website at this link.  The stimulus payment is $1400 for qualified individuals and a qualifying family of four will get $5,600.

The National Consumer Law Center has also prepared FAQs on Stimulus Payments, found at this link.

I received a stimulus payment for the stimulus package passed in March ($1400/individual, $500/child) do I need to do anything else to get my next stimulus payment?

If you received a stimulus payment from one of the two prior bills (passed March 2020 and December 2020) you may need to take additional steps to receive the most recent payment. The IRS will determine eligibility based on the most recent tax return they have processed, either 2020 or 2019.  If your eligibility for the first two payments was based on your 2018 return, you may need to file a more recent tax return to receive the newest stimulus check.  

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment-frequently-asked-questions

I filed taxes for 2019 or 2020, what do I need to do to get a stimulus payment?

If you filed a tax return in 2019 or 2020 you probably do not need to take any other steps to receive your stimulus.  If the IRS has your banking information, they will send the payment to your account, just like they would for a tax refund.  If not, you will receive either a paper check or a pre-paid debit card to the address they have on file.  To track your refund use this link: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

I did not file taxes for 2019 or 2020, but I receive Social Security Retirement, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits, Social Security Survivor Benefits, Railroad Retirement or Railroad Survivor Benefits, what do I need to do to get a stimulus payment?

If you didn’t file taxes but do get Social Security Retirement payments, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits, Social Security Survivor Benefits, or Railroad Retirement or Survivor Benefits, you don’t have to do anything to get a payment.

I receive Supplemental Security Income, what do I need to do to get a stimulus payment?

If you receive SSI, your stimulus payment will be provided in the same way as you receive your monthly SSI Benefit (e.g. bank account direct deposit, Direct Express debit card or paper check). For more information about the process, go to this Department of Treasury link. The payments will likely be sent no later than early May.  The stimulus money won’t count as a resource (asset) unless you still have all or part of it 12 months after receiving it.

I receive VA benefits, what do I need to do?

If you receive VA benefits, your stimulus payment will be provided in the same way as you receive your monthly VA Benefit

I have a dependent child who was born in 2020. How do I update the IRS so that I still get the $600 payment for that child?

If the IRS has processed your 2020 return (with your new child listed as a dependent) before they process your stimulus payment, you should receive the stimulus amount for your child in your payment.  If you had a child in 2020 but your 2020 return has not yet been processed or you had a child in 2021, your child will not be counted in the stimulus payment.  Unfortunately the IRS does not have a system in place to update your family size at the moment.  However, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get a stimulus payment for your child.  When you file your 2021 taxes, there will be a line where you list the amount of EIP (stimulus) payment you have received.  You will then be able to receive the $1400 credit for your new child as part of your tax refund. 

I was not required to file taxes and did not file taxes for 2019 or 2020, what do I need to do?

If you were not required to file taxes and did not file taxes, and you do not receive Social Security Retirement payments, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits, Social Security Survivor Benefits, SSI Benefits, or Railroad Retirement or Survivor Benefits, you need to go to the IRS website at this link , and go to the “Non-Filers Enter Payment Info Here” button. You will need to provide information in order to receive a stimulus payment. If you did this already for the first stimulus payment, you do not need to do it again.    

I was required to file taxes for 2019 but did not, what do I need to do?

If you were required to file taxes for 2019 but did not do so, you need to file your 2019 tax return with the IRS in order to receive the stimulus payment. The deadline to file your 2019 tax return with the IRS and the State of Nebraska was July 15, 2020.

I do not know if I have to file a tax return, what do I do?

If you are not sure whether you have to file a tax return, check the IRS.gov tool – Do I Need to File a Tax Return? – to see if  you have a filing requirement. 

I owe child support, can my stimulus payment be taken?

No. Your stimulus payment cannot be taken to pay child support you owe.

I owe other debts, can my stimulus payment be taken (garnished) from my bank account?

Yes. Your stimulus check can be garnished from your bank account if you have a court judgment against you for debt. There is a court process to request the return of your stimulus funds. If you have any issues, you can apply for help from Legal Aid by calling 1-844-268-5627.

I owe money to my bank where my stimulus check is being deposited, can the bank take my stimulus payment?

Yes. If you owe money to your bank, for example for overdraft fees, your stimulus check can be taken (offset) by your bank to pay what you owe. Many banks have determined they will not take stimulus payments for debt you owe to your bank. You can apply for help from Legal Aid by calling 1-844-268-5627. Call Legal Aid as soon as you know your bank account has been garnished or is frozen.

My stimulus payment has been garnished from my bank account/my bank account is frozen, what should I do?

You can apply for help from Legal Aid by calling 1-844-268-5627. Call Legal Aid as soon as you know your bank account has been garnished or is frozen. You must act fast to stop a garnishment. Under Nebraska law, you must request a hearing and file a claim of exemptions to protect the funds. There are only 3 days to request a hearing.