Direct Payments

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Overview

On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (“COVID relief law”) was signed into law, providing additional relief to eligible individuals and households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

*** NEW ROUND OF DIRECT PAYMENTS TO ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS ***

The COVID relief law provides a new round of one-time direct payments, or “recovery rebates,” to eligible individuals in Hawaii.  If you are eligible to receive this payment, no action is required.  The federal government will send you a payment if: (1) you meet the eligibility criteria (below), and (2) you filed a 2019 tax return; you already receive Social Security benefits, SSI benefits, VA benefits, or Railroad Retirement benefits; or, you successfully registered for the first direct payment online at IRS.gov using the agency’s non-filer tool.

 

Who is eligible?

  • Generally, if you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, and you are not claimed as a dependent on someone else’s income tax return, you are eligible to receive a payment if you fall within the relevant income thresholds.
  • If you file your taxes as an individual and your annual income is $75,000 or less, you are eligible for a full payment of $600.  If you earn between $75,000 and $87,000, you are eligible for a reduced payment.
    • For married couples who file joint returns, you are eligible for a full payment of $1,200 if your joint annual income is $150,000 or less.  If you earn between $150,000 and $174,000, you are eligible for a reduced payment.  These amounts will differ if you have children; see below for more details.
    • If you are a single parent and file as a head of household, you are eligible for a full payment if your annual income is $112,500 or less, and a reduced payment above that threshold.  Your payment amount will depend on how many children you have.
    • If the credit amount determined by your 2020 tax return exceeds the payment amount determined by your 2019 tax return, you will receive the difference as a refundable tax credit.
    • In general, taxpayers without an eligible social security number are not eligible for the payment.  However, married taxpayers filing jointly where one spouse has a Social Security Number and one spouse does not are eligible for a payment of $600, in addition to $600 per child with a Social Security Number.

 

How will I receive my payment?

  • If you have direct deposit information on file with the IRS, you will receive the payment that way.  If not, you will receive the payment in the mail as a check or debit card, sent to the address provided on your 2019 tax return.
  • If you are eligible for a direct payment and you filed a tax return for 2019, you will receive this payment automatically.
  • If you are a Social Security Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance beneficiary, Supplemental Security Income recipient, Railroad Retirement beneficiary, or Veterans Administration beneficiary, you will receive this payment automatically.  If you did not file a 2019 tax return but you receive any of these benefits, you will receive the payment the same way you normally receive your benefits.
  • If you applied through the non-filer portal for the first round of Economic Impact Payments, and received a payment, you will receive this payment automatically.
  • If you are eligible to receive a direct payment, Treasury will send notice by mail to your last known address as soon as practicable.  The notice will indicate the method by which the payment was made, the amount of the payment, and a phone number for a point of contact at the IRS to report any failure to receive your payment.
    • If you are eligible but you do not receive a payment for any reason, you can claim the payment by filing a 2020 tax return in 2021 (it will be called the Recovery Rebate Credit on the 2020 Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR).

 

Amount of Payment

  • The payment is $600 per eligible family member: $600 per taxpayer ($1,200 for married couples filing jointly), in addition to $600 per qualifying child (under age 17).  An eligible family of four will receive $2,400.
  • Payments start to phase out for those with incomes exceeding $75,000 for singles; $150,000 for married couples; and $112,500 for single parents.  Your income is based on your 2019 tax return.
    • The credit phases out at a rate of $5 per $100 of additional income.  If your income exceeds the phaseout threshold, to calculate your partial credit: (1) take your annual income; (2) subtract $75,000 (for individual filers); (3) multiply by .05; (4) subtract that number from $600.
    • No payments will go to: single filers earning more than $87,000; joint filers with no children and who earn more than $174,000; and single head-of-household filers with one child and who earn more than $136,500.  Illustrative phaseouts are below: