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 up to $1200 for an individual, $2400 for a married couple, and $500 for each dependent child under 17 years of age.

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

I filed taxes for 2018 or 2019, what do I need to do to get a stimulus payment?

If you filed taxes for 2018 or 2019, you don’t have to do anything to get a payment. The first round of payments already went out to those who received their 2018 or 2019 tax refund by direct deposit. Those who do not have a bank account can receive a paper check. You can update your bank account or mailing address through the IRS website at this link.

I did not file taxes for 2018 or 2019, 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 under the age of 17 and receive SSI, SSDI, Social Security Retirement or Survivor Benefits, Railroad Retirement or Survivor Benefits, or VA Benefits, what do I need to do?

If you have a dependent child under the age of 17, you need to act fast to receive the stimulus payment of $500 for each child before September 30, 2020. In order to receive the $500 payment for each qualifying children under the age of 17, SSI recipients must  go to IRS.gov and click on the “Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here” button.

I was not required to file taxes and did not file taxes for 2018 or 2019, 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. You will also need to provide information for any dependent children you have who are under age 17 in order to receive $500 payment for each child. Non-Filers who have not received an Economic Impact Payment need to provide information by October 15, 2020.   

I was required to file taxes for 2018 but did not, what do I need to do?

If you were required to file taxes for 2018 but did not do so, you need to file your 2018 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?

Yes, your stimulus payment can 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. These payments are not automatically protected (exempted) under Nebraska law. You must file a request for a court hearing and claim your payment is exempt from garnishment. You can apply for help from Legal Aid by calling 1-844-268-5627.

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.

What else can I do to protect my stimulus payment?
  • Monitor bank account activity to determine whether funds have been deposited or garnished.
  • Consider withdrawing the cash or using a pre-paid debit card to store the stimulus payments.
  • Contact Legal Aid of Nebraska immediately if bank account funds are garnished. Legal Aid makes protection from bank garnishment a priority and will provide qualifying individuals with an attorney who can electronically file the necessary claim of exemption and appear at a hearing telephonically so that no one needs to risk exposure to the COVID virus.
  • Please call Legal Aid’s COVID-19 Disaster Relief Hotline: 1-844-268-5627
  • If your bank account was garnished by a creditor when the funds in your bank account were exempt, you can file a complaint with the Nebraska Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. You should file a complaint through the Attorney General’s website or send an email to consumer@nebraska.gov if you experience aggressive debt collection during this crisis. The telephone number to the Nebraska Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division is (800) 727-6432. For more information, please read the Nebraska Attorney General’s News Release at this link.