Questions and Answers about the Third Economic Impact Payment — Topic A: General Information

If you filed your 2020 tax return, no further action is needed. If you do not have a filing requirement for 2020 and you filed a 2019 tax return, or successfully used the Non-Filers tool on IRS.gov last year or are a federal benefit recipient and do not have a spouse or qualifying dependents that are new in 2020, you do not need to take any action. All others should file a 2020 tax return.

When you file your 2020 tax return, you may also be eligible to claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit for your spouse and any qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2020. See the special section on IRS.gov: Claiming the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit if you aren’t required to file a tax return.

If you don’t normally file a tax return and you need to file a federal tax return for 2020, anyone with no income or  income of $72,000 or less can file their Federal tax return electronically for free through the IRS Free File Program.

If you filed your 2020 tax return, you do not need to take any action. 

The IRS is issuing additional or plus-up payments to people who:

  • Already received a third Economic Impact Payment based on a 2019 tax return or information received from SSA, RRB or VA
  • May be eligible for a larger amount based on their 2020 tax return

After your 2020 return is processed, we’ll evaluate your eligibility automatically for a plus-up payment using your 2020 return. Plus-up payments are issued separately from your 2020 tax refund and previous Economic Impact Payments.

Check the status of your plus-up payment with the Get My Payment tool.

The IRS started processing payments on Friday, March 12, 2021 to eligible taxpayers who filed a 2019 or 2020 return, including people who don't typically file a return but who successfully used the Non-Filers tool on IRS.gov in 2020.

We'll continue issuing payments throughout 2021.

In addition, the IRS is automatically sending payments to people who didn't file a return but receive Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits (RRB), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. Social Security and other federal beneficiaries will generally receive this third payment the same way as their regular benefits.

More information about when these payments were made is provided in the March 30, 2021 news release and the April 14, 2021 news release. While payments will be automatic for beneficiaries based on their federal benefits information, some may need to file a 2020 tax return even if they don't usually file to provide information the IRS needs to send payments for their spouse and any qualified dependents. People in this group should file a 2020 tax return to be considered for a plus-up payment for their spouse and qualifying dependents.

IRS is also issuing plus-up payments to those who already received a third payment based on a 2019 tax return or information received from SSA, RRB or VA and who may be eligible for a larger amount based on their 2020 tax return. After your 2020 return is processed, we'll evaluate your eligibility automatically using your 2020 return. You do not need to take any action. Plus-up payments are issued separately from your 2020 tax refund and previous Economic Impact Payments.

Check the status of your plus-up payment with the Get My Payment tool.

Yes, Get My Payment will show you when and how the third Economic Impact Payment and “plus-up” payment was issued once the information is available. It will not show the amount of the payment or if you are eligible to receive the payment. You will see Payment Status Not Available until a payment is scheduled for you.

See Get My Payment FAQs for more information.

For most people Get My Payment will only provide the status of your third payment. See Get My Payment FAQs for more information.

Statuses include:

Payment Status:

  • A payment has been processed, a payment date is available, and payment is to be sent either by direct deposit or mail. Note: mail means you may be issued an EIP Card or a check.

or

  • You are eligible, but a payment has not been processed and a payment date is not available.

Payment Status Not Available:

  • If you get this message, either we have not yet processed your payment, or you are not eligible for a payment.

    If you see a status of "Need More Information" in Get My Payment, it is because your third Economic Impact Payment was returned to the IRS because it could not be delivered.
     
  • If you do not receive the third EIP payment or are eligible for more based on your 2021 status, you may be eligible to claim the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2021 tax return.

Yes, the IRS is  mailing Notice 1444-C, Your third Economic Impact Payment, to people who received a third Economic Impact Payment at the address we have on file for you.

Please keep any IRS notices/letters you receive related to the third round of Economic Impact Payments with your tax records. You may need to refer to it when you file your 2021 tax return in 2022.

No. Do not include the third Economic Impact Payment on your 2020 return that you are filing this year. The third Economic Impact Payment is an advance payment of tax year 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit. If you didn’t receive your payment yet, it doesn’t mean you won’t. The IRS is continuing to send payments throughout the year to eligible individuals.

If you didn’t get the first or second Economic Impact Payment or got less than the full amounts, you may qualify for the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit and must file a 2020 tax return even if you don’t normally file.

If you need to file a federal tax return for 2020, anyone with no income or income of $72,000 or less can file their Federal tax return electronically for free through the IRS Free File Program.

No, Economic Impact Payments can’t be counted as income when determining if you or anyone else is eligible for benefits or assistance, or how much you or anyone else can receive, under any federal program or under any state or local program financed in whole or in part with federal funds. These programs also can’t count Economic Impact Payments as a resource for purposes of determining eligibility for a period of 12 months from receipt.

No. The IRS is no longer accepting bank account information through Get My Payment. If you do not receive your payment in 2021, you may be eligible to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2021 return.

The IRS urges everyone to be on the lookout for scam artists trying to use the Economic Impact Payments as a cover for schemes to steal personal information and money. The IRS doesn't initiate contact by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information – even information related to the Economic Impact Payments. Also, watch out for emails with attachments or links claiming to have special information about Economic Impact Payments or refunds.

If you receive a suspicious IRS-related email, see Report Phishing and Online Scams for additional information.

After you use the new tool, you don’t need to do anything else to get stimulus payments you are eligible for - including the third Economic Impact Payment.

We use information you enter in the Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool to:

We are sending separate payments to eligible people for the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit, the third Economic Impact Payment and advance payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit.     

The IRS will continue to issue eligible taxpayers their third Economic Impact Payment and plus-up payments through the end of 2021.

We automatically evaluate your eligibility after we process your 2020 return. You do not need to take any action other than file a 2020 tax return as soon as possible to give the IRS time to process and issue your payment before the end of 2021 if you are eligible.

If you need to file a federal tax return for 2020 and have income of $72,000 or less, you can file your tax return electronically for free with the IRS Free File Program. If you are not required to file a tax return you may use the Non-Filer Sign-Up Tool. This is available from our Advance Child Tax Credit page on IRS.gov. Select the “Enter Information Here” under the Non-Filer: Submit Your Information. You do not have to have children or qualifying children to use this tool to receive your third Economic Impact Payment.

If your 2020 return is not fully processed in time to issue your payment by the legislative deadline of December 31, 2021, you may be eligible to claim the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit and must file a 2021 tax return and claim the Recovery Rebate Credit.