The Third Stimulus Check: Who Gets It and How To Claim It

The American Rescue Plan is a $1.9 trillion relief package to help alleviate the hardship that millions of Americans feel right now— including checks directly to families and individuals like you. Here are the details about the stimulus checks. Visit our other blog post for more details about other benefits.

How Much Money Will I Get from the Third Stimulus Check?

Most households that received an earlier stimulus check will get one again, but the amounts are different this time. The baseline:

  • $1,400 to each adult
  • $1,400 to each dependent — meaning, anyone claimed on a tax return, including older adults, disabled adults, and child dependents of any age
  • For example, a family of four could potentially receive $5,600

The dependent eligibility is different from the second stimulus check, but there are a lot of caveats to be aware of. It’s important to read through the information on the IRS website or this CNN article. A few important highlights:

  • Dependents don’t receive their own stimulus checks; funds are sent to the household
  • If you share custody of a dependent, both you and the other parent could get stimulus checks, depending on how you file your taxes
  • You are still eligible to receive a stimulus check if you owe child support
  • If you have more or fewer dependents since the last time you filed taxes — for instance, a new child was born into your family — you should update your number of dependents by filing your 2020 tax return

Payments will be sent out in a few weeks via direct deposit, as physical checks, or via Economic Impact Payment (EIP) debit cards.

Tip: Signing up for direct deposit with the IRS could help you get your refund even faster than waiting for a check or Economic Impact Payment debit card to arrive in the mail.

Who is Eligible for the Third Stimulus Check?

There’s always fine print. Like the other two stimulus payments, not everyone qualifies. Here’s who qualifies for a full payment of $1,400 per person:

  • Tax filers who are single: annual gross income (AGI) up to $75K
  • Tax filers who are married and file jointly: AGI up to $150K
  • Tax filers who are heads of household: AGI up to $112,500

Stimulus payments are phased out depending on income once you hit the above thresholds. Those in the following brackets are still eligible for partial payments:

  • Tax filers who are single: AGI up to $80K
  • Tax filers who are married and file jointly: AGI up to $160K
  • Tax filers who are heads of household: AGI up to $120K

Tip: Use this calculator to help you estimate the amount of your third stimulus check.

Tip: GetYourRefund.org is a quick way to apply for your tax refund and claim your stimulus check.

A Few Fine Points of the Third Stimulus Check

For the third stimulus check, anyone with a Social Security number can receive the stimulus check for themselves and their family members. This is good info for mixed-immigration status families and a change from the last bill.

It’s important to note that if you are incarcerated, you can still receive your check. And if you lost work or wages in 2020, you could get a higher amount than you did with the first or second stimulus checks.

And if you normally aren’t required to file taxes, either because of your income level or for other reasons, you are probably eligible for a stimulus payment.

Reminder: File your taxes by April 15!

Tip: If you haven’t yet filed your taxes, read about how to file your taxes for free and whether you should take a Refund Anticipation Loan.

The intention behind this stimulus check, as with the last two, is to support Americans during this difficult time. This may also be a good time to consider establishing savings habits to create a financial buffer for you and your family.

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Radha Seshagiri is SaverLife’s Director of Public Policy and Systems Change. She has deep experience in state, federal, and international policy work, and has worked on advocacy campaigns focusing on economic and social justice. Radha holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. When she is not doting on her cat, you’ll find her roaming the cliffs of Northern California beaches or the local farmer’s market.

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