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

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These updated FAQs were released to the public in Fact Sheet 2022-22PDF, March 25, 2022.

If you didn't receive, or get the full amount of, the third-round Economic Impact Payment, you may be eligible to claim the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit and must file a 2021 tax return – even if you don't usually file taxes – to claim it. Your 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit will reduce any tax you owe for 2021 or be included in your tax refund.

If your income is $73,000 or less, you can file your federal tax return electronically for free through the IRS Free File Program. The fastest and most secure way to get your tax refund is to file electronically and have it direct deposited, contactless and free, into your financial account. You can have your refund direct deposited into your bank account, prepaid debit card, or mobile app, and will need to provide routing and account numbers.

If you didn't get the full amounts of the first and second Economic Impact Payments, you may be eligible to claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit and must file a 2020 tax return – even if you don't usually file taxes – to claim it. DO NOT include any information regarding the first and second Economic Impact Payments or the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2021 return.

Plus-up payments were additional third-round Economic Impact Payments the IRS sent to people who:

  • Received an initial third Economic Impact Payment based on a 2019 tax return or information received from Social Security Administration, Railroad Retirement Benefit or Department of Veterans Affairs; and
  • Were eligible for a larger amount after their 2020 tax return was processed.

Securely access your IRS online account to view the total of your Economic Impact Payment amounts under the Tax Records page. You can no longer use the Get My Payment application to check your payment status.

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

If your 2020 tax return was not processed in time for a payment, you may not have been issued the full amount of the third Economic Impact Payment. If eligible, you can claim the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2021 tax return.

The IRS will continue to process 2020 tax returns but can no longer issue additional Economic Impact Payments or plus-up payments.