Married without Qualifying Children

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In most cases, payments will range from $300 to $600 for individuals and $600 to $1200 for joint filers. Taxpayers may receive $300 for each qualifying child. Payments could be less, depending on tax liabilty and Adjusted Gross Income. Phaseout reduction begins at $75,000 for single filers and $150,000 for joint filers.

Examples of ways the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 may affect taxpayers who are married, file a joint return and are either childless or do not have children who qualify for child tax credit payment:

  1. Married couple with no children, wages of $4,000, no federal income tax liability.
    Rebate is $600
     
  2. Married couple with no children, no wages, veterans’ payments of $2,000, social security benefits of $2,000, no federal income tax liability.
    Rebate is $600
     
  3. Married couple with no children, no wages, no social security benefits, veterans’ payments of $4,000, no federal income tax liability.
    Rebate is $600
     
  4. Married couple with no children, no wages, no social security benefits, no veterans’ payments, AGI is $20,000, federal income tax liability is $250.
    Rebate is $600
     
  5. Married couple with no children, AGI is $25,000, federal income tax liability is $750.
    Rebate is $750
     
  6. Married couple with no children, AGI is $60,000, federal income tax liability exceeds $1,200.
    Rebate is $1,200
     
  7. Married couple with no children, AGI is $160,000, federal income tax liability exceeds $1,200.
    Rebate is $1,200
    Phaseout reduction is
    ($500)
    TOTAL is $700

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