CARES Act Stimulus Payment

Question: Do Federal Workers Qualify for the Coronavirus Stimulus Rebate?

Answer: Yes. Though there is a catch, which applies to both Federal employees and all other Americans.

The rebate sounds fairly simple: all taxpayers get a check for $1,200 with an additional $500 added per child. Unfortunately though, not everyone is to qualify for the full rebate amount, and some may not qualify at all… Here are the details below.

  • Rebate Requirements (to receive a check):
    • Age 18+
    • No one can claim you as a dependent
    • Filed taxes for 2019*
      *Note: If you didn’t files taxes for 2019, the IRS will look at your 2018 return. If you didn’t file a 2018 return, it has been reported that they can use your 2019 Social Security statement to determine your income based on what employers reported to the IRS.
    • Has a valid Social Security number*
      *Note: There is an exception for members of the military.

  • Amount Qualifications (the amount you can receive):
    • AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) of $75,000 or less, would receive the full amount of $1,200
    • Married couples with no children and an AGI of $150,000 or less, would receive $2,400
    • Those who file as head of household, with an AGI of $112,500 or less, would receive $1,200′
    • For those with an AGI higher than the amounts stated above, the payment decreases, and then cuts off entirely, for:
      • Single folks earning $99,000 or more
      • Married folks without children earning $198,000 or more
      • Married folks with children earning $218,000 or more

To easily calculate your rebate check, check out the Washington Post’s stimulus payment calculator.

A couple other quick notes. Veterans qualify for stimulus payments, as well as U.S. citizens living abroad. You do not have to pay income taxes on the rebate check you receive.

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