To help families impacted by COVID-19, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides direct cash payments to Ohioans.
Ohio Legal Help is continuing to monitor any federal or state stimulus checks for Ohioans. As of January 4, 2022, no new stimulus has been announced.
Last updated 1.4.22.
The CARES act provided help to support individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. One way it helped is through direct payments to certain individuals and families. On March 11, 2021, a law was signed to provide a third round of stimulus checks.
How much will your payment be?
The amount of the payment depends on your income.
- For the third round of stimulus checks: Most individuals earning $75,000 or less will receive a payment of $1,400. Married couples who file taxes jointly and earn $150,000 or less will receive a payment of $2,800. Families are eligible to receive an additional $1,400 per dependent. For this round of stimulus checks, the eligible dependent does not need to under the age of 17. For example a family of four could receive $5,600. Use our stimulus check calculator to see how much your family can expect in the third round of stimulus checks.
- For the second round of stimulus checks: Most individuals earning $75,000 or less will receive a payment of $600. Married couples who file taxes jointly and earn $150,000 or less will receive a payment of $1,200. Families are eligible to receive an additional $600 per child. For example a family of four could receive $2,400.
- For the first round of stimulus checks: Most individuals earning $75,000 or less received a payment of $1,200. Married couples who file taxes jointly and earn $150,000 or less received a payment of $2,400. Families were eligible to receive an additional $500 per child. For example a family of four could have received up to $3,400.
Individuals and married couples that make more than the amounts above may still be eligible for a payment. Use our stimulus check calculator to see if you are still eligible for a payment.
When will I receive my check?
Stimulus payments for the third round will be delivered first via direct deposit starting as early as the week of March 14th. We will update this page as further updates become available. To check the status of your stimulus payment use the IRS's “Get My Payment” tool.
How will the IRS know where to send your check?
The IRS will use the information it already has to issue the third round of stimulus payments. If you have direct deposit information on file with the IRS you will receive your payment via direct deposit. If you don't have direct deposit information on file with the IRS you will receive your payment as a check or debit card in the mail.
Do I need to do anything to get a stimulus payment?
The payments are automatic if you:
- Filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return.
- Receive Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Veterans Affairs benefits.
- Registered for the first payment online at IRS.gov using the agency’s Non-Filers tool by November 21, 2020.
- Submitted a simplified tax return that has been processed by the IRS.
What if you didn't file tax return or register with the IRS's non-filers tool?
You may still be eligible to receive a payment. If you didn't receive a first or second round stimulus payment you may be able to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2020 federal income tax return. For the third round, we will update this page as additional information becomes available from the IRS.
Who is eligible to receive a stimulus payment?
Generally, U.S. citizens and green card holders are eligible for the stimulus payments. Also, the new law expands who is eligible for a stimulus payment.
In the first round of payments, joint returns of couples where only one member of the couple had a Social Security number (SSN) were not eligible for a payment – unless they were a member of the military. These families are now eligible to receive a stimulus payment, including the additional payment for their dependent children. The new law also made this expansion retroactive to the first round of stimulus payments. If your family did not receive the first stimulus payment because only one spouse had an SSN you can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2020 federal income tax return.
Can your stimulus check be garnished?
In most cases, No. Most individuals and families should receive a stimulus payment, even if you owe back taxes or other debts to the government or creditors. Ohio law also protects your stimulus check from being garnished by creditors and private debt collectors.
If you owe back child support, the CARES Act allowed a reduction or offset to your first stimulus payment for back child support. However, your second and third stimulus payments can't be garnished for back child support.
How to check the status of your stimulus payment
You can still use the IRS “Get My Payment” tool to check on the status of your payment, see your payment type and to provide your bank account information in certain limited circumstances.
Did you miss the deadline to register online for the first stimulus check?
You may still be eligible to receive a payment in 2021 if:
- You did not register online, by mail and did not get a payment in 2020.
- You received a payment, but it wasn’t the full amount of the Economic Impact Payment. The maximum credit is $1,200, or $2,400 if married filing jointly, plus $500 for each qualifying child.
When you file a 2020 Form 1040 or 1040SR you may be eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit. Save your IRS letter - Notice 1444 Your Economic Impact Payment - with your 2020 tax records. You’ll need the amount of the payment in the letter when you file in 2021.
Watch out for scams
Scammers will try to take advantage of people waiting on their stimulus checks. These tips can help you protect yourself:
- Don't give out your personal information to "sign up" for payment. Only certain people--like those receiving social security or RRB and have dependent children, or people who don't file taxes--need to do anything to receive their payment. In those cases, that information should only be given directly to the IRS through their online tools.
- No one has early access to this money. What out for scammers claiming that they can get you your payment faster. The IRS will start direct depositing stimulus checks on December 29, 2020. To check the status of your stimulus payment use the IRS's “Get My Payment” tool.