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You’ve probably heard the news by now – the government is sending out relief checks as part of the federal response to the Coronavirus. Scammers heard the same thing, and they’re hoping to cash in on yours.

The details of how this will all work are still coming together, but we do know a few things about how this will – and will not – work. For now, here are some things to know.

  1. You don’t need to do anything. As long as you filed taxes for 2018 and/or 2019, the federal government likely has the information it needs to send you your money. Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are otherwise not required to file a tax return also do not need to do anything to receive their money. If you otherwise have not filed taxes recently, you may need to submit a simple tax return to get your check. (More on who’s eligible here.)
  2. Do not give anyone your personal information to “sign-up” for your relief check. There is nothing to sign up for. Anyone calling to ask for your personal information, like your Social Security number, PayPal account, or bank information is a scammer, plain and simple. Also be on the lookout for email phishing scams, where scammers pretend to be from the government and ask for your information as part of the “sign-up” process for the checks.
  3. To set up direct deposit of your check, communicate only with the IRS at And you only need to do this if you didn’t give the IRS your bank information on your 2018 or 2019 return. In the coming weeks, the IRS will be setting up an online form available through But nowhere else, and never in response to an email, text, or call.
  4. No one has early access to this money. Anyone that claims to is a scammer. The timeline for this process is not exact, but it looks like funds will start going out in the next few weeks. Scammers are using the lack of detail to try to trick people into giving their personal information and money.

To get official updates and more information, visit the IRS’s page on economic impact payments. And if you come across a scammer trying to take your check, we want to hear about it. Report it at

Updated 4/2/20 with new information on filing taxes

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If you have no tax income will you still get a check

I did not file my taxes for 2018 but i did for 2019, will i qualify even though i haven’t file my 2018?

Please go to the IRS page about economic impact payments for official updates and information about who is eligible.

Have you found anything else out about this because im in the same situation

What if the person is not currently in the country?

I have not been able to work for 2 years do to medical problems. The last tax's I filed was for 2017. Am I eligible for a stimulus check?
Let me know please and thank you, Lexi

Will people on SSDI get the check?

I am a single mom who has no income to report because I live on child support payments and am under poverty level. I do get my child support payments through NY state, and food stamps, do I qualify for the money? And if so, how will I get it?

Please go to the IRS page about economic impact payments for official updates and information about who is eligible.

I closed the checking account where I got my refund. I have another checking account where I get my Social Security Retirement funds. Will I still get a direct deposit into the account where I get my Social Security?

I need to know.if my stimulis will be put on my emerald card.h&r block said it would

I am wondering the same! I haven't been able to find a legit answer about the stimulus check on the emerald card! I need to know

How can I update my Direct Deposits information with the IRS. Because the information that they have when I file my taxes I don't have anymore. Please help

Please go to the IRS page about economic impact payments for official updates and information about how to give bank information to the IRS.

Im on SSD and I recieve my my payments monthly on Direct Express card, so will my stimulus money be deposited on there or will I have to wait for a check in the mail. I hear checks will take mnths and im already hanging on by a thread becas I had to spend more of my money to buy more items that I usually have to buy. Thank You for any info.

Please go to the IRS page about economic impact payments for official updates and information about how they will send the payments.

You should be giving more information rather than just directing people back to a dead end website

Can you use a relative, such as a sons, bank account for the direct deposit?

my ex husband used my bank account and it deposited no problem.

If my partner filed my taxes with his will we get both checks together or one one check. ?

Please go to the IRS page about economic impact payments for official updates and information about the payments.

How can I get relief check from the government? Please help me.

My neighbor asked me if I heard anything about people on welfare receiving a stimulus payment...I told her no because I actually haven't seen that in any all.does anyone know if welfare recipients are eligible for the money?

Won't the stimulus check just be used against people already receiving Medicaid and Snap benefits? They will lose their gov't benefits.

The Social Security website has this information for people who get Supplemental Security Income payments:

"Please note that we will not consider economic impact payments as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months."

Go to for information and updates about the payments.

I received a SMS from the number ‭+1 (203) 702-7181‬ requesting that I confirmed my “pending acceptance” of the stimulus check in a link. The SMS had specifically my name on it.
Do not fall for this scam!

Thank you for sharing this warning!

I'm on SSI will i get a stimulus check and do we have to file a tax return to get a stimulus check..i never filled a tax return what I need to do

I am on SSI do do I get a check if so do I have to do anything for it because I have SSI and I get them direct deposit

would a person qualify to receive this stimulus if they file taxes for employment but also receives SSI for a disabled child?.

If I have no income I am unable to work. I am working on disability I have had no income since 2017. My income was a check once a month for my son's child support. Can I still get the stimulus check?

Today is 4/13/2020 and I have not yet received my direct deposit???
Do they go in alphabetical order on SS#?

What if I had my refund put into two bank accounts which one will my stimulus check go into

I filed, paid no taxes, got no refund. (veteran, disability benefits) I am unable to give routing/accnt info to IRS because I must fill out either I received a refund or payed taxes...and I did neither. The form resets if one is not checked. So how do you get around this? Been filing for 5 years, state and federal.

i came here around 2.5 months and i have no tax file but i hadbeen paid one month tax and i have social security and PR . Can i get that relief?

Hello, I filed both 2018 and 2019 taxes. For 2019, when I filed I changed my account information since I changed banks, however, you all still sent the payment to my old bank account, which is a closed bank account. What should I do next? Thank you.

What do you do when the government sent your release check to the wrong bank account

Please check the IRS questions and answers at

What if I received the relief fund for myself but not for my dependent child?

My stimulus check has been deposited to an account I do not recognize, how should I move forward.

If I am on SSDI and my husband doesnt do taxes, and we show as married through the Social Security Administration, will we get 2,400 through my ssdi or will I only get 1,200? I havent seen this question or answer ANYWHERE yet and Id think its more common than not, thanks in advance for any answers...

What should I do if I entered the wrong routing number when I signed up on the website?

If I filed 2018 but still being processed will I get my stimulus?

I checked the website today to find out the status of my check. I moved a few months ago, so my 2018 tax return had my old address; the mail-forwarding order expired in December.
The website said it could not determine whether my wife and I qualify for stimulus relief. When that happens, it boots you out.
How can I make certain the IRS has my information to send the check to the correct address, or notify them that I would like to do direct deposit?

Please check the IRS questions and answers at

I received the check so do I qualify for a monthly payout now?

That's awesome you have something set up like that. I'm computer illeterat. I have forgotten my password and million times. I know next year I will have a live person do my taxes.

I am age 68 years old and still working but have already began drawing my social security and I receive my check each month through a direct deposit. Do I still need to give the IRS my banking info even though I filed a tax return but didn't receive a federal refund check in 2018 and 2019? I did receive a small amount of money back from the state and they have my direct deposit info but not the federal.

I am working out side us and file tax 2018

we filed jointly and received 1/2 of the stimulus. how do I get the other half


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