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Who’s getting the $1,200 COVID-19 checks first?

David Brancaccio, Kimberly Adams, and Alex Schroeder Apr 13, 2020
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People who never gave the IRS their bank information may have to wait weeks, if not months, to get their payments. William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
COVID-19

Who’s getting the $1,200 COVID-19 checks first?

David Brancaccio, Kimberly Adams, and Alex Schroeder Apr 13, 2020
People who never gave the IRS their bank information may have to wait weeks, if not months, to get their payments. William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
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Update: The IRS’ online portal to check the status of your payment is now live. Visit the “Get My Payment” tool here.


The IRS says it has started distributing emergency aid payments, the $1,200 per person that’s part of the federal government’s effort to take some economic pressure off individuals in this pandemic.

But not everyone is getting paid at the same time.

Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams has the latest update on where the payments stand.

“According to the IRS, people who filed taxes in the past two years and who used direct deposit for their refunds will be the first to get the payments,” Adams told “Marketplace Morning Report” host David Brancaccio.

The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Kimberly Adams: The $1,200 per person applies to people who are U.S. citizens or residents and make less than $99,000 a year, for individuals.

David Brancaccio: And what does the timeline look like for people who don’t have direct deposit or are on social security and didn’t file taxes in the past couple years?

Adams: People who never gave the IRS their bank information may have to wait weeks, if not months to get their payments. And people who didn’t file at all in 2018 or 2019 will have to wait as well. The IRS is letting non-filers register online so they can get their payments. The agency expected to have a similar tool up online later this week for people who filed taxes but never shared their bank information.

Brancaccio: There’s a published report out that a certain group of people who have filed in the past may still face some additional delays?

Adams: The Financial Times is reporting that some taxpayers who used so-called “refund transfer” services may face additional delays. Those services allow people to use their refunds to pay for preparation and filing services, but it means their refund goes through a third party before it gets to them. Some consumer advocates are warning this will cause additional delays for low-income filers.

Brancaccio: How can people find out which batch they will be in to receive funds?

Adams: Right now, you can’t. Again, most people who already gave their bank information to the government, even for social security benefits, shouldn’t have to do anything extra. Just wait. The IRS is working on another tool to track the payments, which is supposed to be ready later this week.

COVID-19 Economy FAQs

What do vaccines mean for economic recovery?

COVID-19 is not going anywhere anytime soon, according to expert witnesses who testified at a recent hearing held by the Joint Economic Committee. Put simply, we can’t eradicate the virus because it infects other species, and there will also be folks who choose not to get the vaccine or don’t mount an immune response, according to Dr. Céline Gounder at NYU School of Medicine & Bellevue Hospital. “That means we can’t only rely on vaccination,” Gounder said. She said the four phases of recovering from the pandemic are ending the emergency, relaxing mitigation measures, getting to herd immunity and having long-term control.

Can businesses deny you entry if you don’t have a vaccine passport?

As more Americans get vaccinated against COVID-19 and the economy begins reopening, some businesses are requiring proof of vaccination to enter their premises. The concept of a vaccine passport has raised ethical questions about data privacy and potential discrimination against the unvaccinated. However, legal experts say businesses have the right to deny entrance to those who can’t show proof.

What do I need to know about tax season this year?

Glad you asked! We have a whole separate FAQ section on that. Some quick hits: The deadline has been extended from April 15 to May 17 for individuals. Also, millions of people received unemployment benefits in 2020 — up to $10,200 of which will now be tax-free for those with an adjusted gross income of less than $150,000. And, for those who filed before the American Rescue Plan passed, simply put, you do not need to file an amended return at the moment. Find answers to the rest of your questions here.

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