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The Legal Services Center’s Tax Clinic is now offering assistance to people who haven’t received their stimulus payments. This assistance is free, and an interpreter will be provided if needed.

November 21st is the new deadline for people who have not received a stimulus payment to apply for one through the Non-Filer portal on the IRS website.

If you did not get a stimulus payment in 2020, you may be able to get this payment now. Even if you did not have to file a tax return you may be eligible for a one-time payment from the government under the 2020 CARES Act.

Payments may include:

  • $2,400 for married couples
  • $1,200 for eligible adults
  • $500 for eligible children

Call the Tax Clinic today for more information: (617) 390-1729 or (617) 522-3003. Our office is open Monday to Friday  from 9am – 5pm.

Who is eligible for a stimulus payment?

To receive a stimulus payment, you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or qualifying resident,
  2. Not be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return,
  3. Have a valid Social Security number, and
  4. Have no income or income under a certain amount based on your filing status and your number of qualifying children.

Who receives automatic stimulus payments?

  • If you filed federal taxes in 2018 or 2019 and your bank information has not changed, the money will be deposited directly to your account.
  • If you filed federal taxes in 2018 or 2019 and your bank information has changed, the money will be mailed to the address you used the last time you filed taxes.
  • If you receive social security payments, you will get the payment the same way you get those benefits.

Garnishment and stimulus payments

If you are worried about whether your stimulus payment might be garnished by a creditor, please see this article from the National Consumer Law Center website.

Be cautious of stimulus payment scams

If you receive a call from someone asking you to verify your information so you can receive your stimulus payment, hang up immediately, do not give out your information over the phone. The IRS will never ask you to verify your personal information over the phone. The IRS uses online forms or paper forms to collect your information.

How much money will I receive?

$1,200 payment – The following individuals will receive the full $1,200 payment:

  • Individuals filing federal taxes as single or married filing separately whose Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is less than $75,000,
  • Head of Household filers whose AGI is less than $112,500, or
  • Married couples filing joint returns whose AGI is less than $150,000 (each spouse receives a $1,200 payment, for a total of $2,400).

Reduced payment – The following individuals will receive stimulus payments, but the payment will be reduced by their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI):

    • Individuals filing as single or married filing separately whose AGI is between $75,000 and $99,000,
    • Head of Household filers whose AGI is between $112,500 and $136,500, or
    • Married couples filing joint returns whose AGI is between $150,000 and $198,000.

No payment – The following individuals will not receive a stimulus payment:

    • Individuals filing as single or married filing separately whose Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is over $99,000,
    • Head of Household filers whose AGI is over $136,500, or
    • Married couples filing joint returns whose AGI is over $198,000.

$500 Payment – Eligible individuals with qualifying children will also receive an additional $500 payment for each qualifying child. The payment is also reduced for individuals who are receiving reduced stimulus payments based on their income.

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