Will I still qualify for the stimulus payment if I did not file a tax return last year?
Date: April 2020
I am a graduate student who did not file a tax return last year, will I still qualify for the stimulus payment?
-Interested in Economic Impact
Dear Interested in Economic Impact,
The recently passed law provides economic impact payments up to $1,200 for single adults and $500 for children under 17. Payments start phasing out for those with income above $75,000 in adjusted gross income for individuals, $112,500 for heads of household (often single parents), and $150,000 for married couples.
According to the IRS website, if you have not filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you can still receive a payment as soon as you file one. They suggest including direct deposit banking information on the return. People who filed a return for tax year 2018 or 2019 don’t need to do anything else to receive the funds. If you filed a return in 2018, but not 2019, they will use the information on the 2018 return to process the payment.
Associate Dean for Administration