Questions and Answers about the Third Economic Impact Payment — Topic C: Plus-Up Payments

Plus-up payments are additional payments the IRS is sending to people who:

  • 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

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

If your third Economic Impact Payment was based on your 2019 return or information received from SSA, RRB or VA, you may be eligible for a plus-up payment after we process your 2020 return.

For example, you may get a plus-up payment if your income was less in 2020 compared to 2019 or you added a dependent on your 2020 return.

We automatically evaluate your eligibility after we process 2020 return. You do not need to take any action to receive a plus-up payment if you are eligible.

Plus-up payments are sent separately from your 2020 tax refund and previous Economic Impact Payments. We are sending plus-up payments to eligible taxpayers every week.

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

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.

Yes, file a tax return for 2020 and claim all your qualifying dependents. When we process your 2020 tax return, the IRS will issue you an additional payment which will include an amount for any eligible additional dependents reported on your 2020 tax return.

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

Yes, file a tax return for 2020 with your spouse and claim all your dependents. When we process your 2020 tax return, the IRS will issue you an additional payment which will include an amount for any eligible dependents reported on your 2020 tax return.

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