COVID-19 Stimulus Checks for Individuals
The IRS issued three Economic Impact Payments during the coronavirus pandemic for people who were eligible:
- $1,200 in April 2020
- $600 in December 2020/January 2021
- $1,400 in March 2021
These payments were sent by direct deposit to a bank account or by mail as a paper check or a debit card.
Check On Your Stimulus Payment
Check the Get My Payment page from the IRS to find out if you qualified and when you should have received your payment.
What to Do If You Didn’t Receive This or Earlier Stimulus Checks
Follow the directions from the IRS on how to claim these payments if you were eligible for but did not receive them, or if the amount you received was incorrect.
By claiming the Child Tax Credit (CTC), you can reduce the amount of money you owe on your federal taxes. The amount of credit you receive is based on your income and number of qualifying children you are claiming.
Even if you don’t pay any taxes, you may qualify for a refund of the CTC.
The CTC was expanded under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 for tax year 2021 only. If you are eligible, you should have begun receiving advance Child Tax Credit payments on July 15. The payments will continue monthly through December 2021. Under ARPA, families are eligible to receive:
- Up to $3,000 per qualifying child between ages 6 and 17
- Up to $3,600 per qualifying child under age 6
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began sending out letters in early June to more than 36 million families who may be eligible for the monthly payments. Most families do not need to do anything to get their payments, as long as they’ve filed their 2020 or 2019 tax return. Learn more about the letter and how it can help you determine your eligibility.
Update Your Information for the Advance Child Tax Credit
If you don’t file taxes due to low income, you can sign up for the child tax credit.
Or you can use the Child Tax Credit Update Portal to:
- Research why you didn't receive your payment
- Confirm that the IRS issued your payment
- Confirm if you’re enrolled to receive payments
- Un-enroll from the Child Tax Credit program to stop payments
- Provide or update your bank account information
To manage payments with the Child Tax Credit Update Portal, you may use an existing IRS username. Or, if you’re a new user, create an account with ID.me.
Learn all about the child tax credit at childtaxcredit.gov.
Find COVID-19 Vaccine Locations With Vaccines.gov
Vaccines.gov makes it easy to find COVID-19 vaccination sites. Select which vaccine you want and search by zip code. Depending on your location, you may be able to choose from pharmacies, health department clinics, and other health care providers.