What do I need to know about the third round of economic impact payments?
This initiative will provide one-time, non-taxable payments to a majority of Americans -- up to $1,400 for individuals, $2,800 for married couples and up to $1,400 for each qualifying child. The third stimulus check would also extend qualifications to dependents of any age. That includes college students, older adult relatives and dependents of all ages with disabilities (not just those under 17 years old.) "Mixed-status households” who were left out of the first two rounds of payments are now also eligible, as well as non-US citizens who live and work in America, US citizens who live abroad and residents of US territories.
The IRS uses your 2019 or 2020 tax return to determine your eligibility for a payment. Because the income threshold is slightly lower than the first two rounds, not as many will qualify for a payment this time. Some Americans earning more than $75,000 will also receive a lesser amount of money if they meet certain qualifications.
If you have already received a payment from the first two rounds of stimulus checks, then the IRS will deliver this third payment in the same way. Most Americans will receive the payment via direct deposit, but the IRS will send you a paper check if it does not have your bank details on file or if you closed the account the IRS has on file. Direct deposits are expected to arrive shortly after the bill is approved, with paper checks to follow.
The relief package will also extend federal unemployment compensation benefits through Sept. 6, 2021, providing an additional $300 per week supplement to state unemployment compensation.
Here is a brief summary of this round of support:
|What this means for individuals:||How Commerce can help:|
|One-time Economic Impact Payment check:
|Extended Unemployment Assistance:
|Child Tax Credit:
If your adjusted gross income for 2020 is higher than in 2019, the amount you can claim may go down or disappear altogether. But if it’s lower, you should file your tax return as soon as you can to show you are eligible for this next round of payments. If you aren’t sure what your adjusted gross income is, look on line 8b on your 2019 federal tax return (or line 11 on form 1040 and 1040-SR if you’ve already filed your 2020 taxes.)
If you qualify for the full amount based on your 2020 taxes, but your check was lower because the IRS based it on your 2019 taxes, you’ll have to claim the difference when you file in 2022. And, if you expected a stimulus payment from the first two rounds that you didn’t receive, or the amount was less than you expected, you can use your 2020 tax return to obtain eligible funds depending on eligibility.
If the IRS does not have your current direct deposit information, a check will be mailed to the address they have on file. You can deposit this into your account quickly and easily using our mobile app or ATM.
Be on the lookout for phishing scams tied to economic impact payments. Criminals are constantly changing their tactics, so you should protect yourself by acting as your own first line of defense.
Some recent scams include:
- Text messages asking you to disclose your bank account information under the guise of receiving the $1,400 Economic Impact Payments.
- Phishing schemes using email, letters and social media messages with key words such as "Coronavirus," "COVID-19," and "stimulus" in varying ways. These communications are blasted to large numbers of people and aim to access personally identifying information and financial account information (including account numbers and passwords).
- Asking you to sign over your economic impact payment check to them.
- Suggesting that they can get you a tax refund or economic impact payment faster by working on your behalf. This scam could be conducted by social media or even in person.
- Bogus checks, perhaps in an odd amount, that ask you to call a number or verify information online in order to cash it.
- Fake donation requests for individuals, groups and areas heavily affected by the disease.
Based on our experience with the first and second round of Economic Impacts Payments, we believe payments by both ACH and check will be staggered by several days or weeks. Commerce Bank has no insight or information as to when any specific consumer will receive his or her payment. Likewise, we do not have any information about how much your payment will be, as each payment is dependent upon many factors, including number of dependents in your household and adjusted gross income.
We kindly ask you to refrain from contacting us to ask when your payment will arrive and how much it may be. We will only know these details once the payment has arrived, at which point the information is available to you through Online Banking and our mobile app.
For the latest information on economic impact payments, including how to check your payment status, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.
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