Direct Economic Impact Payments to Individuals

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*** NEW ROUND OF DIRECT PAYMENTS TO ELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS ***

The December 2020 COVID relief law provides a new round of one-time direct payments, or “recovery rebates,” to eligible individuals in Illinois. If you are eligible to receive this payment, no action is required. The federal government will send you a payment if: (1) you meet the eligibility criteria (below), and (2) you filed a 2019 tax return; you already receive Social Security benefits, SSI benefits, VA benefits, or Railroad Retirement benefits; or, you successfully registered for the first direct payment online at IRS.gov using the agency’s non-filer tool.

Who is eligible?

Generally, if you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, and you are not claimed as a dependent on someone else’s income tax return, you are eligible to receive a payment if you fall within the relevant income thresholds.

  • If you file your taxes as an individual and your annual income is $75,000 or less, you are eligible for a full payment of $600. If you earn between $75,000 and $87,000, you are eligible for a reduced payment.
    • For married couples who file joint returns, you are eligible for a full payment of $1,200 if your joint annual income is $150,000 or less. If you earn between $150,000 and $174,000, you are eligible for a reduced payment. These amounts will differ if you have children; see below for more details.
    • If you are a single parent and file as a head of household, you are eligible for a full payment if your annual income is $112,500 or less, and a reduced payment above that threshold. Your payment amount will depend on how many children you have.
    • If the credit amount determined by your 2020 tax return exceeds the payment amount determined by your 2019 tax return, you will receive the difference as a refundable tax credit.
    • In general, taxpayers without an eligible social security number are not eligible for the payment. However, married taxpayers filing jointly where one spouse has a Social Security Number and one spouse does not are eligible for a payment of $600, in addition to $600 per child with a Social Security Number.