Need Your First and/or Second Stimulus Check(s)?
Most Illinoisans are eligible for stimulus checks from the federal government. Even if you have no income you may be eligible, but you might have to take action to receive your checks.
The first round of stimulus checks was approved in March of 2020 and was worth up to $1,200 per person ($2,400 for a married couple) and $500 for each eligible dependent under the age of 17.
The second round of stimulus checks was approved in December of 2020 and was worth up to $600 per person ($1,200 for a married couple) and $600 for each eligible dependent under the age of 17.
What do I need to do to claim my first and second stimulus checks?
Step 3: File your 2020 taxes to receive money you are eligible for, even if you have no income. You may be eligible for thousands of dollars from your stimulus checks, plus the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit if you qualify.
Learn more below.
Pro Tip: Filing taxes electronically and adding your bank account number will help you receive your check faster. Learn more about safe, affordable bank accounts through Bank On.
Receive your stimulus check faster with direct deposit.
Waiting for a check by mail could take many weeks. Entering a direct deposit bank account number could help speed up the process. If you have a bank account or prepaid debit card and have not yet received your stimulus check, you can enter your direct deposit information on your 2020 tax return.
Local banks are offering lower cost, safe accounts for people who need a bank account through Bank On. You can apply online. Learn how to get a Bank On account or what to do if you can’t get an account here.
If you’ve moved since the last time you filed taxes.
If you’ve moved since you filed your 2019 or 2020 taxes
If you’ve moved since you filed your 2020 or 2019 taxes but the IRS has your bank account information for your refund, you should still get a direct deposit in your account.
If the IRS doesn’t have your bank account on file and you’ve moved, your paper check may go to the wrong place. Be sure to change your address with the U.S. Postal Service.