Coronavirus Updates

Stimulus Checks: How Much Will They Be? Who Is Eligible? (Coronavirus Stimulus Package Q&A)

Expertise:
2 Articles Written
Paper check from the United States Treasury

There has been plenty of hype regarding the stimulus checks being sent to Americans. These checks are part of the CARE Act—which is meant to help ease the economic impact of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Want more articles like this?

Create an account today to get BiggerPocket's best blog articles delivered to your inbox

Sign up for free

There are still a lot of unknowns regarding how this will play out. Below I’ll outline some of the key things you need to know about the coronavirus stimulus package (or you can click here to watch a video instead).

  1. How much will my stimulus check be?

The credit is $1,200 per person ($2,400 in the case of a married filing jointly return) plus $500 per dependent. If you are in a situation where you claim a dependent every other year–you will want to take this into consideration, as it could impact how much you receive.

You can use this stimulus check calculator to determine how much you’re likely to receive.

  1. Who qualifies to receive a stimulus check?

The credit is a “phaseout credit” based on your adjusted gross income (AGI). Your AGI can be found on line 7 of your 2018 1040, and on line 8b on your 2019 1040.

A phaseout credit means that if your income is above a certain level, you will receive a reduced credit—and at a certain income threshold, no credit at all. For married filers, the AGI limit is $150,000. For anyone filing single or married filing separately, it’s $75,000.

The phaseout is 5 percent of the AGI that exceeds this amount. This means the credit is reduced by $5 for each $100 that your income exceeds the above-listed amounts.

Credits are not available for anyone filing single with AGI over $99,000 or $198,000 for married filing jointly.

Related: Coronavirus Content & Resources

  1. Which tax return will the government use to determine if I’m eligible?

This is where you and your tax professional need to put in a little planning and thought. They will first look at 2019, then 2018. If neither are available, they may look at income as reported to the IRS regarding Social Security.

tax-changes

What does this mean?

  • If you have already filed your 2019 tax return, this is what they will use to determine eligibility.
  • If you have not yet filed your 2019 tax return, they will use your 2018 return instead.
  • And if you didn’t file either (such is the case for many Social Security recipients whose income is too low to need to file), they will look at income reported by Social Security.

What this means is that if you do qualify based on 2018 but don’t qualify based on 2019, you may want to hold off on submitting your 2019 taxes. The deadline for 2019 1040 filing was pushed back to July 15th, 2020, so you have plenty of time.

On the flip side, if you don’t qualify based on 2018 but do qualify based on 2019, you will want to try to file your 2019 taxes ASAP.

I know what you’re thinking: What’s the cutoff date for submitting 2019 in order for it to be used as the qualifying return? The answer is we have no idea.

There wasn’t a provided set date of when they will pull returns to determine qualifying information. All we know is they should be sending out checks ASAP. So if you’re hoping to utilize 2019, you’ll want to get it submitted like… yesterday.

  1. When will the stimulus payments arrive? How will I receive this money?

Coronavirus stimulus check should arrive within three weeks, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

If you’ve received a tax refund in the last two years and the IRS has your direct deposit bank information on file, they will direct deposit the check.

If they do not have this information, or if there are issues with the information, there is a good chance you will receive a paper check. This would be sent to the official address they have on file.

If the bank account or address information the IRS has per your last filed return is no longer accurate, your best bet is submitting Form 8822 to update your address with the IRS as soon as possible.

Related: Recession Prep 101: Investing in Real Estate During a Financial Crisis

  1. Will I need to pay this money back?

Nope. This is not something you will need to pay back.

Per Forbes, while it is true that this is technically an advance of a refundable tax credit on your 2020 taxes, there will not be a payback component. It will be reconciled on your 2020 1040 tax return, which will be filed in early 2021.

“In other words, the bill created a refundable tax credit and the IRS is paying out the amount of that tax credit to eligible taxpayers now,” Forbes reported.

When you file your 2020 taxes, you have the opportunity to RECEIVE a credit on your taxes, but they are not enforcing the opposite.

For Example

Say you’ve already filed your 2019 1040, and your AGI is $200,000. You made too much money last year to receive a check at this point. However, early 2020 you were laid off due to circumstances beyond your control, and your 2020 income is only $70,000. This means when you file your 2020 tax return, you WILL qualify—and you’ll receive a credit on your tax return.

Now, let’s say the opposite is true. You filed your 2019 1040 and made $60,000, which qualified you to receive a check. Then in 2020, you receive a big raise and make $200,000. This means you don’t qualify for any additional credit on your taxes. But you will also not be required to pay back the credit you received based on your prior return.

Updates Will Be Forthcoming

There are still a lot of unknowns surrounding the actual implementation and “what if” scenarios. But just remember, we’re all in this together. As further clarification and more guidance become available, it will continue to be shared on the BiggerPockets platforms.

Recession-Proof Real Estate book blog ad

Questions? Comments?

Join the discussion below.

Natalie Kolodij is a real estate tax strategist with a passion for helping people escape their 9-5. She has been helping real estate investors implement innovative tax strategies since 2014 by comb...
Read more
    Kenneth Chen from Jersey City, NJ
    Replied 2 months ago
    Thank you Natalie, I am curious about a slightly different scenario ~ eg. I make $120,000 in 2018, but for 2019 I file the tax return later and income is $200,000. Would the credit need to be paid back, or is there any scenario where the stimulus check would need to be paid back?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied 2 months ago
    They will look at EITHER 2019 or 2018. There is no scenario where the check/credit is repaid. But if you File Married Jointly on your taxes your 2018 would qualify with $120,000 but your 2019 would be too high at $200,000. So if you haven't submitted 2019 yet, I would wait and let them use your 2018 numbers.
    Christopher Smith Investor from brentwood, california
    Replied 2 months ago
    I know what mine will be -0-
    Kurt Brauner Investor from Las Vegas, NV
    Replied 2 months ago
    Great info Natalie!
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied 2 months ago
    Thanks Kurt!
    Steve B. Investor from Centralia, IL
    Replied 2 months ago
    Thank you, most in depth explanation I’ve seen yet
    Nicole Rodriguez
    Replied about 2 months ago
    What about if my husband owes child support will he/I still get a check ?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Child support is the ONLY offset being allowed to reduce the check. So his check should be offset by the back owed child support.
    Victoria Obert
    Replied about 2 months ago
    What if someone filed an injured spouse form
    Sylvia Coleman
    Replied about 2 months ago
    What about if you claim college students? Will they be able to collect if they filed taxes?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    This is unfortunately an overlooked demographic. If you file and claim them, no $500 credit since they're over 17. If they file they have to claim themselves for the $1,200 check- but for most people they get a better outcome if their parents claim them.
    Paul Allen Financial Advisor from Virginia Beach, VA
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Wouldn't having qualifying children extend the phaseout for an MFJ couple above $198,000?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    No- The children also increase the credit you do qualify for- not extend the ability of you to qualify for it. To get the base rebate you need to make under the $75k/$150k if married. It phases out by $5 per $100 after that til it goes away completely. Having children does not affect the phase out in any way. If you don't qualify for the base amount due to income- you don't qualify for the additional $500 per child.
    Paul Allen Financial Advisor from Virginia Beach, VA
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Interesting. I've seen it described differently in other analyses of the legislation. https://www.kitces.com/blog/analyzing-the-cares-act-from-rebate-checks-to-small-business-relief-for-the-coronavirus-pandemic/ Hopefully Treasury will provide clarification sooner rather than later.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I think this is correct- I wanted to get out basics ASAP. It looks like the way the calculation applies §2201(a) of CARES sets the credit as the base amount plus the additional amount for the QC. §2201(c) then applies the AGI limitations. So absolutely- looks like children can expand that phaseout for how they're allowing the calculation. AGI limit is applying secondary. Like we said- fluid situation, great catch thanks Paul!
    Paul Allen Financial Advisor from Virginia Beach, VA
    Replied about 2 months ago
    No worries, still a great article. Confusion on the issue abounds. CNBC has an article with a calculator. The article says "the rebates phase out completely with AGI over $198K" and then the calculator calculates rebates when you put in AGI greater than $198K. :) https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/27/the-stimulus-payment-calculator-tells-you-how-much-money-you-could-get.html
    Ashley Self
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Hey, I made 21,000 in 2019 and I claimed my 2 year old will j get the check
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Yes if you file single and your income is under $75k AGI you're set.
    David Stratton Investor from Villa Rica, Georgia
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Natalie great explanation, the best and most detailed explanation I have read. I have a son that just graduated college in December but worked a summer internship and made about $8,000. He filed a 2019 individual tax return already. Will he be eligible and if so does he need to do anything else?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    If he is filing and claiming himself for 2019 he should qualify.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    As long as you didn't claim him and he claimed himself he should qualify
    David Stratton Investor from Villa Rica, Georgia
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Thank you! Dave
    Scott J Sawyer Investor from Fountain Inn, SC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Thanks for spelling this out so easily and informatively, better than I've seen anywhere!
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Thank you so much Scott!
    Gail R. Garcia
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Gail Garcia senior citizen in San Antonio Texas I get social security I make a little over 8,000 a year. Do I qualify for this stimulus check
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Hello Gail- You will qualify they are looking at filed returns- or Social Security reporting.
    Steven Hamilton II Accountant, Enrolled Agent from Grayslake, IL
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Yes, you will.
    Sara Kirkpatrick from Grant, NE
    Replied about 2 months ago
    So is the check considered income? (asking for insurance purposes, we’re trying to keep our income low this year)
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Nope- will not be taxable income.
    Steven Hamilton II Accountant, Enrolled Agent from Grayslake, IL
    Replied about 2 months ago
    No, it is NOT considered Income. It will just be reconciled on your tax return next year to ensure you received the proper amount.
    Luis A Caez Diaz from Hollywood, FL
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Thank you Natalie for such a valuable information!
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Thank you <3
    JL Harper Forrest
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Ok. My husband owes back child support but I don't, we filed joint taxes for 2019 but I had to file an Injured Spouse Claim to get my portion of the refund, will my stimulus payment be taken too? Or, will I have to fight for my portion again? I have been searching for this info but can't find it. Please tell me.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    There's no way to know for sure on this. We are waiting on further guidance related to some details.
    Clarissa Romero
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Im married but filed separately from my husband, will i receive a stimulus check?!
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Yes $75,000 is where the phase out begins
    Amanda Guerra
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I have to same question as well .
    Amanda Guerra
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Married filing separate , do we qualify for check ?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Hi Amanda, Yes the limit on MFS is the $75,000 where the phase out begins
    Brittany M Lamb
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I keep reading that those owing back child support will not be getting a check? Will this function like a wage garnishment, where the money is automatically paid to the child?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    We are not sure on the actual technicalities- but Child Support is the one garnishment they are allowing against this credit. So if they would be entitled to a credit but owe child support it will be garnished by the agency instead
    Kim Baker
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband owes back child support. We have two children together and I am a stay at home mother. So we file married jointly. Will our portion of the stimulus check be garnished for his back child support too?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Right now we're hoping it will allocate based on a per person basis- resulting in only the owing parties credit being garnished but we can't say for sure.
    Kim Baker
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I sure hope they do sort through the details of how the child support will be offset for families of the owing individuals.
    Christina Peaslee
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband owes back child support right now not current I see they're taking the stimulus I read that but my question is, would it help if I filled an injured spouse under my name even though I didn't earn money to tax this year? I've got an 18 year old daughter but two boys 21 and 19 at home who should already qualify for the package! They was never put on it taxes as dependants! I guess? Is will me filling injured spouse going to give that my daughter and I would get for our portion? Please help! Thank you!
    Laura Werner
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband owes backpay child support. We have 2 children together and I have 1 child from a previous relationship. Will I recieve my 1200, and the 500 for each of my children, or will everything go to his backpay child support?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Right now we're hoping it will allocate based on a per person basis- resulting in only the owing parties credit being garnished but we can't say for sure. We don't have any guidance on if injured spouse filings will impact this or how yet- Unfortunately we're waiting on additional guidance.
    Victoria Obert
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Any information about whether we would get a stimulus check if we filed an injured spouse form
    Christina Peaslee
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Thank you so much for your quick and thoughtful response! God bless you and your family!
    JL Harper Forrest
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Thank you. Could you please post any information you get on this subject as I will be following this forum. Again, thank you
    Sharon Dakin
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband and I filed jointly last year. He currently pays child support and maintenance but does have arrears on the same account he pays. Will they take his portion or will they take both his and mine?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    We are not sure yet - waiting on further guidance. My assumption is that they are looking at each person's qualifying credit separately, but all the bill notes is that Child support is the only allowable garnishment. No further detail.
    Beth Macgowan
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband owes back support but has been current and making payments on his arrears for almost 15 years... will we be ineligible for the stimulus payment still?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    We are not sure yet - waiting on further guidance. My assumption is that they are looking at each person's qualifying credit separately, but all the bill notes is that Child support is the only allowable garnishment. No further detail.
    Charles Patrick Stanley
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I have full custody of two of my children and pay support for my third (different marriages). Because of the virus, my start date for my new job has been pushed back and I am now 1 month in arrears. Since my arrears is way less than the stimulus amount for myself and my two children I have custody of, will they just take what I owe in arrears or are they going to take the entire check?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    They should only garnish what is owed.
    Angela Watkins
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I've tried searching everywhere for an answer in regards to my situation but no luck....... My husband is currently incarcerated so the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH and HUMAN services considers him not in the home so my questions are: Will they still consider us as married when figuring the stimulus payments or will not be eligible beings he's incarcerated? He owes back child support so if he does qualify for the payment will they take my portion of the payment as well or do I need to file the spouse claim form? I don't file taxes as I am on disability and he obviously doesn't file either due to his incarceration......please help!!!
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    If neither of you file they won't have a tax return to review for offset. Since you receive SSDI you may receive one based on that reporting, unfortunately we have no additional guidance on if his owed child support will offset your potential credit.
    Angela Watkins
    Replied about 2 months ago
    But will inmates even qualify for the stimulus payments? It's my understanding that they didn't the last time they sent out payments.
    Victoria Obert
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I filed married and with a injured spouse form and claimed my 2 kids. Will I still get a stimulus check.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    We are not sure yet - waiting on further guidance. My assumption is that they are looking at each person's qualifying credit separately, but all the bill notes is that Child support is the only allowable garnishment. No further detail.
    Rachel Sanders
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My question for the stimulus is my husband and I file injured spouse because he owes back support. According to what I read, if you owe back support you won't get a stimulus check. But will I get it on myself and my kids?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    We are not sure yet - waiting on further guidance. My assumption is that they are looking at each person's qualifying credit separately, but all the bill notes is that Child support is the only allowable garnishment. No further detail.
    Christina King
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I am asking the same question. If an injured spouse form has been filed and accepted by the federal government and you recieved what would have been offset. Does the same apply for the stimulus check?
    Cervenda Hicks
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Hi, I have a question my kids father owes me over $20,000 in court ordered arrears. What happens to his stimulus check? Will he still get one and if so why?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    If he owes back child support his stimulus check will be garnished
    Meredith Dunne
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Will it be garnished and sent to the other parent? Paying off some of the arrears? Or does it just not go out at all?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I believe they will Garnish it to apply toward his arrears owed the same as they would a tax refund.
    Latoya Wynn
    Replied about 2 months ago
    If my husband owes child support and we have filed jointly on taxes, will the entire stimulus payment be garnished which includes our 3 dependents?
    April Armour
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Following, hopefully a more clarified answer will be provided in regards to the back child support and injured spouse form. I would hope they would only allocate my spouses portion, that seems a bit ridiculous to allocate mine and all three of my children to that debt.
    Renee Lopez
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband is in jail he currently owes back child support, i filed jointly. The irs takes the entire refund because he owes will i be eligible for the stimulus check and just take his portion of the stimulus check?
    Anna Patterson
    Replied about 2 months ago
    You might need to submit an injured spouse form to the IRS. It takes months but you might get your portion.
    Sherry Parcell
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband pays child support every month. It comes directly out of his Social security check. They take out the max allowed. He only owes due to them not being able to take more than that. He doesn't miss a payment.. He is a disabled veteran. We have a 5 year old daughter who receives a SSA check through him. Will they still take his Stimulus even though he pays every month?
    Anna Patterson
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband owes child support. Will they keep my child and my portion and only keep his portion? If so, will I get ours if I file injured spouse?
    Nichelle Lyons
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My tax return is garnished every year. Will I get a stimulus to support my 4 children at home. I am self employed Hairstylist that file taxes.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Is it garnished for child support? That's the only Garnishment they are allowing against the stimulus checks.
    Anna Patterson
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Is there any update on whether they will offset everyone in the family or only the person owing?
    Nichelle Lyons
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Is there assistance for these type of situations for these children.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Not yet- They are pushing to have it expanded to include college students but so far nothing.
    Katherine ONeill
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I graduated from college in December 2018, worked part time after, then worked full time starting August 2019. I filed taxes myself (my mom did not claim me as a dependent). Will I receive a stimulus check?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    As long as you filed and claimed your self and couldn't be claimed by her you should receive one.
    Katherine ONeill
    Replied about 2 months ago
    What do you mean by "couldn't be claimed by her"?
    Christina Peaslee
    Replied about 1 month ago
    As long as your mother didn't claim you as a dependent on her tax return them you'll be all set! You should ask your mom if she claimed you.
    Chrystal Webb
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I’m following for any updates on when husband owes cs. Taxes are always taken, but seems unfair to my own children as well to keep my kids portion during a crisis. Please let us know if you get any clarification on this. Thank you
    Cathy Bellue
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I am wondering the same thing. My husband owes back CS, I have a child by another and we have a child together. Two children in the home. We file jointly. Why can’t they just take his part ($1200) and not let the kids suffer.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    We believe that is how they're looking at it is a per person basis but they haven't clarified. Before you decide something is unfair- lets see if that's even what's happening. There is LITERALLY no information on it. It's just speculation at this point.
    Melissa Glance
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Doesn't seem fair to the woman who suffers because her husband owes child support, that the government would take her part of the stimulus check to pay HIS child support, they are not my kids!
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Again- We literally don't know what they're doing yet.
    Christina Peaslee
    Replied about 1 month ago
    🌞 you've been a very patient person 🙏
    Lucy Taylor
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Hello - In regards to people who file jointly and the husband owes past due support, I've seen posts stating there is no guidance on this, but with checks possibly being deposited next week, wouldn't there be some clarification by now? Will you be coming back to the posts to address this question once it's decided ?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    This wasn't a planned tax change with normal guidance and clarification- this is something done very quickly to try to get out money to people. If there is more information provided I will place it here. Ultimately they're going to treat it however they decide- announcing it or offering clarification won't really matter as it's not something tax professionals or tax payers need to do or not do. They normally clarify things that people need to know so they can correctly file/ do something- in this situation there is nothing to do.
    Lucy Taylor
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I'm guessing it depends on if they are issuing one check for joint filers, if so, would they just issue for the spouse that doesn't owe and the child and just intercept the one that owes part?
    Rachel Dominguez
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband is currently incarcerated. However, we file married filing jointly. How will that work for his portion?
    Rachel Dominguez
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My 17 year old son works. He filed his own tax return this year, but I was also able to claim him. He is still in High School. Will he receive anything from the stimulus?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    If you claim him as a dependent he will not receive the stimulus
    Charles Olinger
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I owe back child support, but am married with 3 children from said marriage, 2 of which are old enough to claim for the stimulus check. I know my share will be taken, but how can my wife claim her share, and the share for our children, if she is able to do so?
    Charles Olinger
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I meant to add that she hasn't filed in a few years, with the exception of filing jointly with me last year, but she has primarily been a mom while I have the earned imcome
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    We're not sure if they're looking at each person separately or as a combined qualifying unit
    Jessica Curtis
    Replied about 2 months ago
    If my mom claimed me on her 2019 taxes will I be still eligible to receive the stimulus payment?? I have been on my own since Dec 2019
    Robin Harlan
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband filed married separate on his 2018 return. He made over $100k. This year on Jan 9, he was laid off & income plummeted to only SS & a few small pension checks. I guess timing was just bad for him & he won’t get any stimulus check?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    The checks are an advance on a 2020 credit. So when he files his 2020 return if his income is under the $75k mark he'll receive an extra $1,200 refundable credit on his 2020 tax return.
    Marietta Goatee
    Replied about 2 months ago
    What if my husband owes child support and has no income? Will I still get mine even if I didn't file injured spouse?
    Alejandro Pulido
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I was incarcerated 2015-2019 and was realeased January 2020 and have been working for about 3 months now am I eligible?
    Alejandro Pulido
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I was incarcerated 2015-2019 and was released January 2020 and have been working for about 3 months now Am I eligible?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    They are looking at 2019 tax returns- so I would get that filed ASAP
    Jacob Voigt
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Will I receive a stimulus check if my spouse owes back child support?
    Emma Faith
    Replied about 2 months ago
    This whole thread is women wondering if their spouse’s older kids from a previous marriage matter. WTH? You married a man that had kids and a child support order (that most likely was behind on at the time so this usually isn’t a new revelation). Yes! His “other” kids matter. They deserve the child support while they are kids, not a $60,000 overdue note that they may get because daddy wants to take his new family on an $$$ trip overseas but can’t get a passport. The kids always matter. Old marriage, new marriage, the kids can’t help themselves, so why would a grown adult want to pamper one set and neglect another? Tough times are different, but most aren’t in such tough times. Side note: I’ll never see that $60,000 from my ex, so yeah I would love to put his stimulus towards taking care of OUR kids that he hasn’t seen in 2 years.
    April Armour
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Nobody on this thread has yet to say that the kids don't matter, I myself believe it's fair that my husband's portion be applied to his back child support BUT mine and my 3 children deserve to receive ours. Maybe you should read the threads more thoroughly. How would it be fair if mine and my three childrens stimulus was issued to the mother of his other, now adult child. A lot of these women are in the same situation and not all back child support cases are the same and it is unfair to assume someone went into arrears simply because they didn't provide for their children or didn't care. Not all situations are the same.
    Naverrik Marquez
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Exactly! Well said!
    Account Closed
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I think any man who shirks his responsibility to his children is an empty-headed vagabond, but I don't think an innocent spouse should be penalized for her husband's bills prior to marrying him. Also, I don't think your ex and his new family will be going overseas anytime soon.
    Holly Jensen
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I hear what you are saying, and I am a woman who has two children from a previous relationship that I do not get child support for.I married three years ago and he owes child support from 20 years ago, one of the children has passed and the other is 28 with children of her own now. We have one child together and makes monthly payments on his arrears, but his back child support has nothing to do with me. I have supported two children without support from their father on my own before I was married. The concern is not them garnishing my husband's stimulus, but rather coming after mine since I have nothing to do with the child support.
    Amanda Cooper
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband is disabled, child support is deducted from his disability every month ($488 of the $700 he receives- although his court ordered $650 monthly but that exceeds his ability to live and pay so the government only takes 65% so he has $348 to live with because we do also get $103 from SSI)( he hasn’t worked since 2016 when a log crushed and put him in a wheelchair) he has several children with his ex wife and I fully agree that my bonus children are entitled to his and their money but I work, and have 2 children of my own with my husband and we are REALLY struggling right now . Will they look at each person, or will his ex get my kids stimulus and my stimulus benefits as well? I’m asking because I’m working very little right now and you were right when you said ALL kids matter! So what about mine? Their Benefits/ help shouldn’t automatically go to their siblings. There are two sides to every child support story and I feel it’s wrong that my husband is judged for being behind on his support when he’s unable to work anymore and the state thought $650 was fair to a $803 income. So every month he goes farther behind! Should I even allow myself to hope?
    Christina A cone
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I am wondering how the stimulus check will work in my situation. I just got married in oct and my husband owes back child support. We filed married filing joint but I DID file injured spouse form because it was all my income. Someone just told me that we arent going to get any of the stimulus money even though I filed that form. What should I expect? Am I going to get the 1200 or 2400 stimulus?
    Account Closed
    Replied about 2 months ago
    This is a big question and she has not addressed the injured spouse issue for many women. Maybe the IRS has not yet determine that.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I haven't addressed it because the answer doesn't exist. The IRS has not issued any further information on how they are handling this.
    Wendy Archer
    Replied about 2 months ago
    How does it work if I don’t file taxes since I get worker’s compensation and it’s not taxable? My mother claimed me last year and my children but she has passed away. So how does it work for us?
    Account Closed
    Replied about 2 months ago
    What about injured spouse forms not related to Child support? The refund check was mailed but they did have our information for direct deposit.
    Heather Jones
    Replied about 2 months ago
    We have an odd situation, and I've been looking for a definitive answer since this relief package was signed. So, we're in the middle of a divorce. Filed jointly in 2018, I no longer have access to bank account on that return. Filed married filing separately in 2019, using my own account on the return. But spouse has yet to file for 2019. And refuses to do so. Will the IRS use my 2019 return? Or will they use the 2018 return because spouse hasn't filed 2019?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    The only slight guidance we've received on this is that we anticipate they will look at people separately. So my assumption will be you will qualify based on your 2019 filing, and he may qualify based on his 1/2 of 2018. But we don't know for sure. They really haven't released specifics on how they're going to determine these unique situations.
    Heather Jones
    Replied about 2 months ago
    And it is a very unique (ridiculous) situation! But your comment has given me more information than I've read so far; hopefully the IRS will consider people separately. Thank you so much for your time!!
    Christina Kindhart
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband owes back child support and has since we got together. However we filed jointly and I filed a injured spouse tax form. Will I get any of the stimulus check?
    Naverrik Marquez
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband also owes back child support. I’m curious, can I file married filing separately for 2019 (I have no income), and then file an amendment later and change my filing status to married filing jointly?
    Robynn Hines
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Watch what you do. I don't know if you can get in trouble for doing that. I would call a accountant to see if that's allowed and if that's breaking any laws. It's doesn't like being taken advantage of.
    Robynn Hines
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband has never really worked due to addiction issues. But he's been sober for over five months and we've been married since January. Will he get a stimulus check? I am on disability so I know mine will get deposited into my account. If he does get a check will it get put into my account or get mailed?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    He will need to look into filing a simple return on the IRS website
    Julia Diak
    Replied about 2 months ago
    If my mom claimed me in 2018 and I’m 24 now and I claimed myself for my 2019 and my mom hasn’t filled out her 2019 taxes.. will I be eligible to receive a stimulus check?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 2 months ago
    If you're not her dependent and you've claimed yourself for 2019 you should be good
    Amanda Roberts
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Just joining the convo to find out if and when they decide if the second family is worthy of benefiting from their tax credit being fronted for this years taxes. That’s being said: I am not on the child support order therefore my tax credit (1200) stimulus cash and hoping it goes to me not an ex for a debt that is being paid regularly. Anyhow when u get word plz let the million of 2 Nd wives/husbands who filed jointly if our money is given away for a debt we did not incur. And some of us didn’t even know our spouses when the Order was created
    Carrie Hurrelbrink
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband and I file a joint tax return and he owes arrears, I am disabled with no income. Will they take the full 2400.00 from us for his arrears or can they just take his? The SSA told us that half of his income is deemed mine. In a way it's not fair if they take it because they (his grown adult kids) will get the checks and so will their mother. It's bad enough that they already take my half of the tax refund because I am not employed though I never have the letter signed and notarized for DHHS to take my half.
    Naverrik Marquez
    Replied about 2 months ago
    My husband also owes back child support. If I file married, filing separately, with no income, will I get my stimulus check?
    Janet Rice
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Thank you April Armour for your comment! Natalie, please post any info that you acquire on this child support/injured spouse issue. It is most appreciated...as is your insight with regards to this article.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Thank you Janet!
    NA Boudreaux
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Following to see updates! Thanks for the info!
    Nichole Manning
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I have a question that nobody has asked yet! My mom has guardianship of my 2 sons and so my tax returns are always forwarded to her from the child support office. However, here in Oklahoma, the child support office is required to hold onto the refunds for 6 months prior to issuing them to the custodial parents. Do you think they will also hold onto the stimulus checks for 6 months before sending them out? Or will the custodial parents receive them ASAP per the president's request?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    I would contact the child support office for guidance on this one
    Kellie Windham
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I file 2018 just me and my 3 kids and in 2019 I got married so when I did me taxes I had to file a injured spouse clam and still fight to get me taxes back for me and my 3 kids so now with this check with gov I’m I going to get mine and my kids and just his go to his child support or r they going to take all of it
    Asia Williams
    Replied about 2 months ago
    They took it all even with the is form 😡 idk if it’s bc the irs is closed and they not working on them so it didn’t show up but they taken it all
    Keri A Dixon
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I like to know if I will get a stimulus check since I did injured spouse.
    Kellie Windham
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Same here
    Asia Williams
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I filed Injured spouse why did they take my stimulus check and not just take my husbands part ? Is it bc the irs isn’t working on them so once they open and it shows I file will I get my half back 🤷🏻‍♀️😡 I need to pay rent and bills it’s not fair it’s not my debt
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Hi April They didn't correlate the injured spouse status into the stimulus check calculations unfortunately. So if one was filed later, or on file for the 2019 refund this didn't help at all unfortunately. The check was technically a 2020 tax credit they were allowing people to receive early, so there was no way to pre-file a 2020 injured spouse to counter this. Hopefully they release some kind of fix soon.
    Sam Williams
    Replied about 2 months ago
    How do you know that they already took your stimulus check?
    April Armour
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Official answer for spouses who file injured spouse. Yes they're taking the ENTIRE stimulus, even for children living in the household. I file injured spouse every year. I just called the phone number to check for offsets and entered my husband's social since he is the one who owes the debt. They applied ALL of it to his child support, $3900. I live in CA but this is the number I called 18003043107
    Erica Harrison
    Replied about 2 months ago
    I am in MD and married with 3 small children. My husband owed back child support from his adult son. I file injured spouse every year. I called the same 800 number and they took my entire $3900 refund as well! I just can’t believe it. I could understand if they took his but not mine and the kids.
    Chris Lofton
    Replied about 2 months ago
    They took ours as well.
    April Armour
    Replied about 2 months ago
    Erica and Chris, did they do it in two separate payments? I'm curious because they did it in two separate transactions, like they divided it in half but still applied both halves to the child support, but my friend says hers and her husband's were taken and it read the full amount in one payment only difference is they did not file injured spouse,I'm curious if they're dividing it in half because of the injured spouse but then someone is dropping the ball on actually allocating the other half to the proper recipient.
    Chris Lofton
    Replied about 1 month ago
    They did it all in one payment. They didnt divide it. But they also have not processed our injured spouse form yet. It has been over the deadline time for then to process our form but it's still not done. Can't get ahold of anyone at the IRS because the phones are shut down. We haven't gotten our taxes or stimulus. Not really sure what to do about it eithed.
    Carrie Lear
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Mine divided it too
    Erica Harrison
    Replied about 2 months ago
    April, yes I filed injured spouse and his offset was divided in half. It said $1950 and $1950 but both towards child support.
    April Armour
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Makes me think someone really screwed up, they divided it in half yet still allocated all to child support. I guess now it's time to start figuring out how to get my kids and mine back, I won't just lay down and take this without a fight. They can have my husband's, but I'm raising hell until I get mine and my kids back.
    Erica Harrison
    Replied about 1 month ago
    April, let me Know What you come up with. I’ve emailed the governors offi e, local politicians and our Senator!
    Carrie Lear
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Amen sister me too
    Carrie Lear
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Yes injured spouse filers I love in Ohio my husband is on SSI and owes back child support we file jointly but I claim injured spouse and always get my tax return due to the income being mine anyway but they sure as shoot took my half of the stimulus for his cs and I'm so irrate take his fine but not mine they need to figure out how people can appeal this and quick
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Unfortunately there won't be any quick fix to this. They didn't incorporate injured spouse forms to the stimulus checks so it didn't stop or intercept any garnishments unfortunately. We have no further guidance at this point but best bet is that they offer an option on the 2020 return to adjust the credit and allow you to receive your share.
    Dee Katelyn
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Well seems like the “guidance” we got on this site was wrong. We also called California Child Support last week and they told us that they would only be taking my husband’s stimulus. So they were also wrong. I was furloughed from work and dealing with difficulties of getting unemployment, so really needed this money. Just seems cruel and unfair what they are doing. Go ahead and take my husband’s money, fine. But mine? Not fair. Not right.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    I'm sorry the "Guidance" you received was wrong. As mentioned the best wording of the program made it sound like each taxpayer was going to be viewed individually but we couldn't say for sure because there was no clear guidance provided by the IRS on it. We didn't know for sure what they would do until checks started coming out and seeing the outcome.
    Valerie Parrish
    Replied about 1 month ago
    I know that everyone is panicking about their injured spouse claim.. And I get it, I'm in the same situation. Remember though, you will get a letter in the mail notifying you of the offset. I'm sure you will have 30 days to dispute it. I've filed injured spouse for several years and never had an issue with my federal return but this past year they sent me a letter that they took our entire state return. I just sent a letter requesting them to review it because i was not responsible for the debt. They sent me a check for my portion surprisingly fast. I can only assume this will work the same way. I know it stinks when you need that money but I don't think it is much of a surprise that there will be a few more hoops to jump through when you are filing injured spouse. I too am praying this all works
    April Armour
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Ok everyone, so I have spent my morning reaching out to different sources, one of the biggest ones were news/media stations. They seem to get answers faster than anyone else. I have just received a response from one of them, he was able to get in touch with someone at the IRS, their media relations person actually responded and advised him that he is going to try and get a definitive answer, as soon as the answer is given he will let me know. As soon as I get an answer I will post on this feed.
    April Armour
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Oh, also I spoke with a tax expert who stated just as Natalie has, that there has not been much guidance on the child support issue but that he suggested sending in a SEPARATE injured spouse form date 2020 and write across the top of it "Apply to 2020 stimulus" . He said if they accept it than they will determine who is owed what, if they do not accept it than it has done no harm. I sent mine in today and paid extra to track it to so I at least know when it reaches my IRS location. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8379.pdf (form) https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i8379.pdf (instructions)
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Hi April, Right now the IRS is close to shut down unfortunately and they started processing the stimus' based on returns as early as April 2nd it looks like. This would not be likely to be processed before the checks go out- but it could potentially help if they allow a true-up on the 2020 return for injured spouse.
    April Armour
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Natalie, with that being said, i filed my 2019 return in Feb with an injured spouse, the last time I spoke with someone at the IRS was around march 17th before a complete shutdown happened and they said they were still processing my return and it was taking longer due to the injured spouse form, do you think there is a chance that they will take my entire return now that the situation has changed and I will have to fight for my 2019 return?
    Chris Lofton
    Replied about 1 month ago
    April. We filed our taxes at the beginning of Feburary as well. We mailed in the injured spouse form after we electronically filed and still nothing. No update or anything and cant get ahold of the IRS to find out what is going on. Child support took pir taxes and stimulus a d we ddint get a dime. Hoping when they finally get around to processing the injured spouse form maybe they will give us our stimulus and refund.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Hi Chris, The IRS has said that injured spouse forms were not correlating with the stimulus checks. So even if on file or filed they won't stop the garnishment. Unsure if they're allow correction on the 2020 return.
    Brittany Keys
    Replied about 1 month ago
    We filed our taxes in January filed a injured spouse form and owed back child support. We got all of our federal return but they just took our $3400.00 stimulus check for offset of child support. Which isn’t fair.
    Brittany Keys
    Replied about 1 month ago
    We got ours back March 17th
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Hi Brittany, Stimulus payments weren't being processed yet in Mid March. They are just now being sent out starting last week. How do you know they held your check?
    Brittany Keys
    Replied about 1 month ago
    I called the offset number and it’s told me I had two offsets on it for $1700 a piece.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Oh you meant the return was back in March- not the stimulus check.
    John Vegal
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Me and my wife filed jointly the last two years, and we had to fill out an 8739 Injured spouse form. How is this going to work with the stimulus check. While I have the chance to fill out one of those beforehand ?. I have not been able to find this answer anywhere. Thanks in advance
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Unfortunately there is no answer yet- we have no idea how they'll apply or handle the situation going forward.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    CHILD SUPPORT UPDATE: Right now we've seen that it looks like child support offsets are going against the ENTIRE stimulus check. This is true even if an injured spouse form was filed with 2019- it's not coming into play with this stand alone payment processing. The IRS has issued no additional guidance about how this will be handled going forward. State Support agencies are suggesting that you file an injured spouse form at this point and submit it toward 2020 in hopes that the IRS will allow an adjustment on the 2020 tax return. Unfortunately that's all we've heard at this point.
    Danny Mayer
    Replied about 1 month ago
    I am currently going through a divorce and have been legally separated since December of 2019. My soon to be ex-wife and I already filed married jointly for 2019. Our combined income is over the allotted max for married couples but my income is under the allotted max income for a single income. I've been living alone since Dec. 2019 and my question is there any way I can request that I still get the stimulus because I have been living single this entire year? The stimulus is for people like me who are having their work hours cut in half and I can't hardly pay my bills right now. Any advise is appreciated
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Unfortunately they'll look at the 2019 filing. If you filed Jointly for 2019 instead of married separately it will be based on that return. When you file your 2020 you will receive the amount as a refundable credit when you file if your income for 2020 qualifies.
    Danny Mayer
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Thank you so much for clarifying this. Sounds like I should still get it but it will be delayed. You have provided the best information and the most accurate.
    Nicole Nuttall
    Replied about 1 month ago
    My husband and I filed separate this year. He received his payment but I didn't. Is it because I didn't file my taxes yet? I tried to do the information update on the IRS website but it was denied. Should I just assume I'm not getting one?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    If you didn't file 2019 And based on the 2018 return where your combined income was too high then correct you won't qualify. You'll receive it as a credit on your 2020 taxes if you qualify this year
    Shanequia Jeffries
    Replied about 1 month ago
    So my question is my child’s father is behind on child support he never pays I don’t even think he files his taxes will I receive any stimulus from him towards child support ?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    You'll want to contact your child support agency to see if they garnished his payment and how they're handling it once they collect it
    Nicki Snowa
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Thanknyou son much for the most informative article yet. My husband and I got married in December. His divorce was final in August so he and his ex filed jointly for 2018. He received a full stimulus check of 3400 for himself his ex and the 2 kiddos. She has not had a job in 15 yrs, if he splits the money with her, and then he and I from here on out file jointly can we be penalized if she never files taxes for 2020?
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    As of right now there is no clawback provision- meaning people who were overpaid based on updated circumstances shouldn't have to pay it back. However I can't guarantee they won't change or update that.
    Aly Tom
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Thank you Natalie for the article and advice. I did receive notice from the IRS today that my husband and my stimulus checks were intercepted because of his past due child support. Even though I had filed an Injured Spouse form on our joint return. My question though is if my unemployment payment from the additional federal benefit ($600) will also be intercepted because of my husbands past due child support? I have filed for unemployment, but my husband is still working and does make his current payments. I am self-employed and in WI (marital property state) so they are still trying to update their systems to accommodate benefits for self-employed which is new for their system. Thanks for any advice!
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied about 1 month ago
    The unemployment has different rules than the stiumulus payment. I'm sorry they intercepted your payments as well- I would file injured spouse for 2020 once you can and hopefully the IRS offers some kind of correction option
    Sam Williams
    Replied about 1 month ago
    No, they haven't taken the $600 from me. And I'm in the same boat as you.
    Aly Tom
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Thank you Natalie and Sam for the advice! 👍
    Katherine Miller
    Replied about 1 month ago
    So this is my story, I filed taxes as injured spouse in January- they were accepted and have been receiving and processing since feb 16th and have received no letters or anything from irs. I currently am the only person who works in my home of 4 people and only make $30,000 a year. My husband I didn’t know had back child support when I married him but he hasn’t been able to work for 3 years and we have been fighting for disability for 3 years as well- unfortunately everything is closed to get to even get any answers. So I guess how my question is how long do I have to wait to get my taxes back? And why is my stimulus getting taken for a child who I have never met nor even knew he was behind in child support- why should my children suffer ( I’m okay with them taking his portion). Also on the irs website it state q21- that they are going by injured spouse on stimulus. So none of this is even making any sense.
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied 26 days ago
    You will have to talk to congress and the IRS for answers on why they're applying it this way. They have been updating the FAQ regularly as new questions are answered. The stimulus check is an early send out ofa 2020 tax credit- they had no way to take into account 2020 injured spouse before the 2020 tax return was filed. They are saying they will take it into account on the stimulus credit on 2020 return.
    Tina Renee Davis Byrd
    Replied about 1 month ago
    I am a double amputee that receives disability and my husband has been incarcarated for almost 6 years. My SSDI is direct deposited and I have not yet received my payment. Question I am asking is will my husbands payment be deposited into my account too?
    Sam Williams
    Replied about 1 month ago
    UPDATE (4/22): The IRS said it will honor injured spouse status for anyone who filed the form with their 2019 taxes (or 2018 if they have not filed for 2019 yet). In a post of Frequently Asked Questions, the IRS wrote: "If you are married filing jointly and you filed an injured spouse claim with your 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if you haven’t filed your 2019 tax return), half of the total Payment will be sent to each spouse and your spouse’s Payment will be offset only for past-due child support. There is no need to file another injured spouse claim for the Payment."
    April Armour
    Replied 23 days ago
    IRS update Q26. If I owe tax, or have a Payment agreement with the IRS, or owe other federal or state debts, will my Payment be reduced as an offset? (updated May 4, 2020) A26. No, with one exception. The Payment may have been offset only by past-due child support. The Bureau of the Fiscal Service will send you a notice if an offset occurs. If you are married filing jointly and you filed an injured spouse claim with your 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if you haven’t filed your 2019 tax return), half of the total Payment will be sent to each spouse and your spouse’s Payment will be offset only for past-due child support. There is no need to file another injured spouse claim for the Payment. The IRS is aware that in some instances a portion of the payment sent to a spouse who filed an injured spouse claim with his or her 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if no 2019 tax return has been filed) has been offset by the injured spouse’s past-due child support. The IRS is working with the Bureau of Fiscal Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement, to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. If you filed an injured spouse claim with your return and are impacted by this issue, you do not need to take any action. The injured spouse will receive their unpaid half of the total payment when the issue is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
    April Armour
    Replied 27 days ago
    Sam, unfortunately they did NOT honor the Injured spouse form for thousands of people. They split our payments in half and still allocated both portions to child support. The IRS will NOT acknowledge that they messed up !!
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied 26 days ago
    Ya unfortunately they didn't process things that way before they made that FAQ answer. There are a ton of questions with how these payments are actually being processed.
    Christina Peaslee
    Replied about 1 month ago
    What happens with myself in this matter? I filled on the non filiers form for the stimulus check and the only options they have is married filing joint or single! I filled single and added my daughter as a dependent! When in file joint returns I always did injured spouse however where I filled single I didn't do injured spouse. Can someone please let me know what i should do? I need to file an injured spouse form even tho I filed single and if I need to how do I give to the IRS if I already e filed the beginning of April! My daughter needs something that is needed desperately for her health I just really need to know this important information. I'm trying my best to make money from home but gosh 😭 I'm stressed to the max! God bless you all each one of you! 🌞❤️
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied 26 days ago
    You can't select how you file your taxes. If you're legally married at year end and not separated you should be filing joinlty- the injured spouse form won't come into play. Submitting through the non filer tool should only have been done if you wouldn't have otherwise had to file a 2019 tax return.
    Christina Peaslee
    Replied about 1 month ago
    Good morning Natalie and thank you for being there for us all by answering all our questions, you're a very bright lady and sweet! My question to you is! I had read that I could file for my daughter bc she didn't turn 18 until 2/20/02 but after I filled single claiming my daughter in the non filiers site and the IRS accepted the return I read on another site that she shouldn't of been claimed as she is 18 now! Now I'm scared that I will not receive the stimulus and this stimulus check is needed desperately right now! 1. Where the IRS accepted my return does that mean I'll receive the stimulus and I filled it all correctly?I keep checking status to see when I'll get my check and it never changes it says "congratulations the IRS accepted your return. We've got no further information at this time! Something like that but this was sent the same things the first 20 hours after filling and each time I check it's still the same thing! I filled on the 4th of April! Please let me know if I want supposed to claim my daughter has can I fix this issue? God bless you! Thank you for your help! Christina
    Natalie Kolodij Accountant from Charlotte, NC
    Replied 26 days ago
    Hi Christina- Unfortunately it's dependents under 17 so she will not qualify for the additional $500 dependent payment.
    Account Closed
    Replied about 1 month ago
    I filled joint with my husband in 2018 but we separated at the first of 2019, so he filled married/separate for 2019. I haven't filed my 2019 return, yet. He received his stimulus check deposited into our joint account that we still have open. I'm assuming that was based on his 2019 return. I have not received a stimulus check. I did file in 2018 but it was jointly with him and the refund was direct deposited into that same joint account. Are they going by social security numbers or by tax return filings? What should I do?
    April Armour
    Replied 23 days ago
    FYI- injured spouses with spouses who owe child support, IRS has acknowledged the mistake of taking ALL the stimulus !!! https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center Q26. If I owe tax, or have a Payment agreement with the IRS, or owe other federal or state debts, will my Payment be reduced as an offset? (updated May 4, 2020) A26. No, with one exception. The Payment may have been offset only by past-due child support. The Bureau of the Fiscal Service will send you a notice if an offset occurs. If you are married filing jointly and you filed an injured spouse claim with your 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if you haven’t filed your 2019 tax return), half of the total Payment will be sent to each spouse and your spouse’s Payment will be offset only for past-due child support. There is no need to file another injured spouse claim for the Payment. The IRS is aware that in some instances a portion of the payment sent to a spouse who filed an injured spouse claim with his or her 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if no 2019 tax return has been filed) has been offset by the injured spouse’s past-due child support. The IRS is working with the Bureau of Fiscal Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement, to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. If you filed an injured spouse claim with your return and are impacted by this issue, you do not need to take any action. The injured spouse will receive their unpaid half of the total payment when the issue is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
    Anthony Franks
    Replied 12 days ago
    The 4th stimulus bill hasn't passed yet but I'm just trying to think ahead...Do you think hazard pay through the "heroes fund" will also be subject to offset from back child support?