Every reason you might not qualify for a $1,400 stimulus check. What to knowMarch 9, 2021
With the Senate as soon as this week. The package will likely be voted on by the House again Tuesday or Wednesday. Now that we’ve seen the Senate’s amendments to the bill (PDF), we have a better idea of for the of up to , as well as who could be left out., we could expect the to become law
While the Senate made disqualifying 16 million people, The Hill reported. If the House approves the changes , will you ?, a big change would ,
The new round could provide your family with athis time, as — especially if you have older ( ). We also know several things could , such as or . Here’s who may be left out of receiving a check this time. This story was recently updated.
When you file your taxes could determine your stimulus check eligibility
If you’re right on the cusp of the income limits described below, when you file your taxes could make the difference between qualifying for a partial check or not. That’s because, for many, a stimulus bill (PDF) suggests that the IRS will be directed to , whichever is on file when it processes your payment.. The language in the Senate’s version of the
If youor , either action could influence which yearly income figures the IRS will use. If you made more in 2020 than in 2019, you might want to file later. If you would be disqualified in 2019, but made significantly less in 2020, filing sooner might be to your advantage. Read more details in our story about .
Individual taxpayers: No payment if your AGI is $80,000 or more
Theafter $75,000, per the new proposed in the Senate. If your , is $80,000 or more, you won’t be eligible for a third payment of any amount. However, if you make between $75,000 and $80,000, you could get a portion of the check. You’d receive the full amount if your yearly income is less than $75,000. Here’s you could receive.
Stimulus check proposal for income limits (as of March 6)
|Full $1,400 per person maximum (based on AGI)||Not eligible (based on AGI)|
|Individual taxpayer||Less than $75,000||$80,000 or more|
|Head of household||Less than $112,500||$120,000 or more|
|Married couple filing jointly||Less than $150,000||$160,000 or more|
Heads of household: No payment if you have an AGI of $120,000 or more
Similar to the single-taxpayer cutoff, heads of household (people who don’t file jointly and) with an AGI of $120,000 or more are excluded under the new proposal. To get a partial stimulus payment, you’d need to make between $112,500 and $120,000. But to get the full amount, you’d need to make less than $112,500 if you’re the head of household.
Married couples filing jointly: No payment if you have an AGI of $160,000 or higher
If you and your partner are a married couple filing jointly and have an AGI of $160,000 or higher, you won’t be eligible for the third stimulus check under the new proposal. To qualify for the full $1,400 payment, your combined household income would need to be less than $150,000. The amount you could receive would phase out after that amount until you reach the cutoff.
Non-US citizens or ‘nonresident aliens’ again wouldn’t get a check
If you’re considered a nonresident alien by the IRS, you won’t be included in the third stimulus check. The government defines a nonresident alien as someone who “has not passed the green card test or the substantial presence test.” For example, if you’re studying abroad in the US.
With the first stimulus check, noncitizens needed to have a Social Security number and live and work in the US to qualify for a payment. However, the second check amended the rules to allow taxpayer identification number (ITIN) by the IRS and not a Social Security number. See more below.to qualify for a second stimulus check, even if they are issued a
During the Senate vote Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz offered an amendment to also bar undocumented immigrants from receiving a stimulus check, which was voted down 49-50.
What about noncitizens who are married to a US citizen?
If you’re considered a noncitizen, you may or may not get a stimulus check, depending on a couple of factors. Under Biden’s proposal,with at least one family member that has a Social Security number could be , assuming they meet the other requirements, including the income limits.
What if you live in a US territory like Puerto Rico?
With the first two stimulus checks, people who live in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands may have been eligible to receive payments. Whether these groups qualified for a check has in the past been determined by the tax authorities in each territory. These agencies were also directed to make the payments. It’s likely to be the same situation for the third stimulus checks.
If you never received a payment for one or both of the previous stimulus checks, you’ll need to contact your local tax authority to inquire.
I’m a nonfiler and don’t usually file my taxes. What does it mean for me?
Ifand typically aren’t required to file income taxes, you’re probably eligible to receive the third stimulus check. However, if you’re missing money from a previous check you may need to take an extra step to get your money by filing your taxes this year. If there’s an , it’s likely you would need to file a claim during tax season 202 a year from now. We’ll know more once a third payment is approved.
What if a household member has died since filing my 2020 tax return?
It depends on(see above). For example, if the IRS goes by your 2019 tax return, it’s likely you’d get to keep the amount you received for the deceased person. With the first stimulus check, the IRS asked people to since the previous tax filing. With the second check, if your spouse died in 2020 and your AGI was less than $112,500 a year, you would be eligible for the full $600 amount.
We’ll know more as soon as a third stimulus check is passed by Congress.
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