Get Your Third Stimulus Check
A third round of stimulus checks has been approved by Congress for the spring of 2021.
The new relief package includes cash payments of up to $1,400 per person and $1,400 per dependent.
New Eligibility Information!
People who support adult dependents now qualify for additional stimulus money. For the first and second rounds of stimulus checks from 2020, a dependent had to be a child under the age of 17 to qualify for additional stimulus money. For the third round, a dependent can now be any age to qualify for additional stimulus money.
People with Social Security numbers who are married to someone without a Social Security number are eligible for the third stimulus check. They are also eligible for the first and second stimulus checks.
Incarceration does not change eligibility for the stimulus checks. People who are incarcerated are also eligible for stimulus checks from rounds 1, 2, and 3.
If you are eligible and haven’t received the first or second check, you should file a 2020 tax return and claim the Recovery Rebate Credit to receive them.
Who is eligible for Round 3 stimulus checks?
U.S. citizens or resident aliens who:
- Have a valid Social Security Number,
- Cannot be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and
- Have an adjusted gross income* up to:
- $75,000 for individuals
- $112,500 for individuals filing as head of household
- $150,000 for married couples filing joint tax returns
- Taxpayers will receive a reduced payment if their adjusted gross income is between the limits shown below:
- $75,001-$80,000 for individuals
- $112,501-$120,000 for individuals filing as head of household
- $150,001-$160,000 for married couples filing joint tax returns
- You do not need to have any income to be eligible.
- Those who do not make enough money to file a tax return are also eligible. This includes people receiving Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), survivors benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), veterans benefits, or Railroad Retirement benefits.
*Adjusted gross income is a number found on your tax return (Line 8b of the 2019 Form 1040 tax return; Line 11 of the 2020 Form 1040 tax return). It is the money you receive (wages, child support, interest, etc.) minus some specific costs, like student loan interest or alimony.
Will I receive my third check automatically?
You should receive your third check automatically if you:
- Filed a tax return for 2020 or 2019; or
- Receive Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), survivors benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), veterans benefits, or Railroad Retirement benefits; or
- Submitted your payment information to the IRS using the IRS Non-Filers Tool and have already received your stimulus check from round 1 and/or round 2
Note: The IRS has said it will begin to issue $1,400 stimulus payments to Social Security benefits recipients starting on April 3-4 and that the majority of Social Security benefits recipients will receive their $1,400 payment by April 7; more information is available here.
Check the status of your third stimulus check using the Get My Payment tool on the IRS website.
- The IRS is issuing payments in waves.
- Even if you do not see a payment date when you check the tool, it may be that the tool is just not completely updated.
- You can check the tool once per day to see if there is an updated status for your payment. The IRS only updates the tool once per day so there is no need to check it more than once every 24 hours.
- You can see a full list of status messages and what they mean on the IRS Get My Payment website.
- If you are expecting your third check to arrive in the mail, be aware that the money may come on a debit card called the EIP Card. More information, including what the EIP Card and the envelope look like, is available here.
Still haven’t received your first or second stimulus check?
You may still be eligible. Learn more about eligibility on our website. You can still receive the first and/or second stimulus check by filing your 2020 taxes and claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit to receive any amount owed for you, your spouse, and dependent children under age 17. Check our Tax Help page for more resources on filing taxes.
Entering a bank account when you file taxes will help you receive your stimulus check faster. Learn more on our Banking Help page.
You may be eligible for even more money.
If you plan to file taxes to get your first or second stimulus check, you may be eligible for additional money! Congress has made changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit this year that mean more money for some people. Learn more on our Tax Help page.
Moved or changed your bank account information?
If your bank account has changed, the bank will return the money and the IRS will issue a paper check to your last known address. If you have moved, make sure you set up mail forwarding with the United States Postal Service so you can receive any mailed check at your current address: https://www.usa.gov/post-office
Learn more about free resources to help you file your taxes on our Tax Help page. Entering a bank account when you file taxes will help you receive your stimulus check faster. Learn more on our Banking Help page.