Update on direct cash payments
Late last month, Congress passed a critical economic relief package to support the millions of American families now struggling to make ends meet because of the coronavirus. The bill authorized direct cash payments to most American workers to help them get by while much of our economy is shut down. This extra money will help those that have had hours slashed or income lost as result of this crisis.
This week, the U.S. Treasury Department began distributing these payments to tens of millions of Americans. As a reminder, individuals with a gross annual income under $75,000, as well as married couples with a joint income under $150,000, will receive a $1,200 payment per adult, plus an additional $500 payment per minor child. For families or individuals who earn more, the direct cash payments decrease gradually until they phase out.
For most taxpayers, these cash payments are automatic, and no further action is needed. However, if you have questions, the IRS launched a new website today that allows you to check if you’re eligible for a payment, monitor the status of that payment and input necessary direct deposit information.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ‘GET MY PAYMENT’ WEBSITE
The IRS also has a special website for non-filers. This is applicable if you receive veterans disability compensation, a pension, or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or if your income level does not require you to file a tax return. You do not need to submit the non-filer form if you filed federal income tax for 2018 or 2019, or if you receive Social Security retirement benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, Supplemental Security Income, or Railroad Retirement benefits.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO FOR NON-FILERS
Unfortunately, we have heard disturbing reports of scammers trying to take advantage of these stimulus checks. Please note, the IRS will never call, email, or text you requesting personal or bank information for you to get your stimulus check. The government will also never ask you to pay a fee to get this money. If someone asks you to pay them to expedite your economic stimulus check, it’s a scam.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON AVOIDING CORONAVIRUS SCAMS
As we continue to work through this difficult time, I will be doing everything I can to make sure our community has all the resources it needs.
If you haven’t done so already, I would urge you to visit our website at degette.house.gov where you can find more information from various government agencies on how best to protect yourself and our community from the spread of coronavirus.
And, as always, if you have any questions, or need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 303-844-4988.
Member of Congress