When can consumers expect to receive their coronavirus stimulus checks?

Marco Green
March 26, 2020

If you're a single USA resident and your adjusted gross income is $75,000 or less, you will get a $1,200 check from the US government.

Photo (c) Ralf Liebhold - Getty ImagesUnder the massive $2 trillion Coronavirus stimulus package agreed upon Wednesday by Senate Republicans and Democrats, American taxpayers can expect to receive direct payments of at least $1,200. Mind you, a lot of it will go toward bailing out tax-dodging corporations (including cruise lines) instead of hardworking Americans, many of whom need help keeping their children fed and lights on due to job furloughs, unsympathetic landlords, and student loan officers. You get nothing if you make $99,000 a year or more.

Married couples will receive $2,400. If a 2019 tax return has not been filed, 2018 returns will be used.

"Since no one knows their total 2020 income yet, the government is using tax returns from 2019 and 2018 to figure out who qualifies for a check". Couples and "head of household" single parents will also get $500 per child.

If you are on unemployment assistance, you will get another $600 per week on top of the amount your state already pays.

Gig workers, like Uber drivers and Amazon Flex delivery drivers, are going to be eligible to apply for benefits as well, although it is not yet clear how much they can get. That's expected to be a relatively small share of people, and the money would not have to be paid back until April 15, 2021. They must meet the same income requirements as everyone else. There has also been the idea of an April 6 date to start sending payments, though most consider that unlikely.

About 125 million people, or 83 percent of tax filers, will get checks, says Kyle Pomerleau at the American Enterprise Institute.

The process of sending direct bank deposit payments to those who have their information on file with the IRS or checks to those who do not could start as soon as three weeks from the signing of the legislation, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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